SRH restrict KKR to 138/8 in 20 overs in Kolkata


Following a series of closely fought matches in the tournament, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) welcome Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 10 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.

After doing his calculations, the astrologer predicts that Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad will be the victor in today's game.

But while SRH captain Williamson drew on his vast experience in rotating his bowlers, KKR continued to make surprising decisions that weren't successful. Shakib played to the situation scoring 27 runs (21 balls), two boundaries and one six.

Earlier, a splendid bowling show spearheaded by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, coupled with a brilliant fielding display, helped Hyderabad restrict KKR to a modest 138/8 in a rain-interrupted first innings.

Gambhir, who knows the team like the back of his hand, will lead a Delhi side brimming with confidence after a thrilling seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians on Saturday in Mumbai. The bounce was tennis-balley, and the wickets of Rana and Russell were only thanks to two great catches. "There wasn't a lot of turn, and Kolkata are a strong team but it was nice to go over the line in this city", he added.

Against his former franchise, Pandey couldn't quite get going as he grappled around for 11 balls before completely playing around a Kuldeep delivery to be dismissed leg before wicket. Counting on the positives, Karthik said: "I think the spinners bowled beautifully".

While Kolkata have some excellent spinners in their ranks in the form of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla, they seem to be a bit light in the pace department.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales.

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik was not happy with his batsman. We made a decision to start off the season, we won't be sending Sunil to open throughout. Despite that, KKR managed only 49 runs in the Power Play overs - their lowest in this edition of IPL.