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IPL2022 on 14-05-2022

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who made 177 runs for the loss of 6 wickets, beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had a score of 123 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.

The KKR team managed to push the SRH team to the brink while keeping their campaign alive. They won the tournament with 54 runs. Andre Russell was the man who, with his responsible innings, could take the KKR team to a ‘decent’ total. The 49 runs off 28 balls of Russell was the slowest innings. He waited for the overs by the spinner that the SRH team was holding back. In the final over he managed to make 20 runs.

The Slow Start

The side who opts to bat firsts has been winning the matches on this pitch in Pune. The SRH team was well aware of this fact. The KKR team started off slowly with only 2 boundaries in the 1st 4 over’s. This got the KKR tam 20 runs with the dismissal of Venkatesh Iyer.

Transformation

Suddenly this so called ‘slow’ innings seemed to have gone on an ‘over-drive’. Not only the runs came fast, wickets also fell equally fast. Nitish Rana managed to make 26 runs off 16 balls before the wickets started falling. In the 5th over by T Natarajan, he managed to take 17 runs off the 18 runs conceded.

Ajinkya Rahane, on the other hand, preferred taking more risks. Umran Malik, with his high pace, managed to dismiss Rahane, Rana and Iyer in his 1st two overs. Natarajan managed to trap Rinku Singh with his Yorker. When Russell came in the 12th over, the KKR team was 94 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.

Gambit

Williamson was hoping to get the wicket of Russell before he could bring Washington. Same Billings and Russell were kept quiet by Natarajan, Malik and Bhuvaneshwar.

The lone warrior, Abhishek

Russell managed to bowl Williamson in the 5th over. According to Russell, the KKR team had bonus runs. The SRH team had to go full fledged for chasing the total made by the KKR team.

Abhishek managed to do ‘extremely’ well by making 47 runs off 23 balls from Rashid Khan and cost Narine 17 runs.

Rahul TRipathi from the other side could not manage much of the required runs and got caught by Tim Southee.

Out of 70 balls, Abhishek had faced only 27 balls. He, finally, decided to take the risk.

At one time the SRH team needed 102 runs off 45 balls. Markram was compelled to go for all the balls. He hit 3 sixes before he could play Umesh Yadav on.

Now the game was all about the ‘defeat margin’. The net run-rate is important in the ‘final’ equation.

Washington and Shashank Singh managed to bat normal right till the 17th over end. Southee and Russell managed to take ‘quick’ wickets and the SRH team was restricted to 123 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.