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Knight Riders continue winning run

15th April 2017
Robin Uthappa’s excellent 68 off 39 balls helped Kolkata Knight Riders continue their winning run as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match today at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Chasing KKR’s 172 for 6 in 20 overs, Hyderabad could only manage 155 losing 6 wickets in their full quota. KKR won by 17 runs.
Put to bat early in the day, KKR played their old card by making Sunil Narine open innings with Skipper Gautam Gambhir. However, the trick didn't work, as it did the last time. Narine soon walked back to the pavilion, bowled out by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at 6 off 12 balls.
It was then upto Skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa to carry Knight Riders forward, but Gambhir fell to Rashid Khan soonafter, scoring 15 off 16 balls, reducing KKR to 40 for 2 in 5.4 overs.
Thereafter, a 77 runs stand between Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey took KKR to 117 in 14.2 overs, before Uthappa was trapped by Ben Cutting at 66. However, Pandey made sure that his bat keeps talking, before he was also dismissed at 46 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, taking Knight Riders pass 150 in the 17th over. With Yusuf Pathan making a quick 21 off 15 ball at the end, KKR finished at 172 for 6 in 20 overs.
Coming out to bat, Sunrisers flittered away a fighting start with a 46 runs stand between Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner in 6.4 over, before Dhawan fell prey to Yusuf Pathan at 23 off 22 balls. To follow him was skipper David Wanner (26) and Moises Henriques (13), reducing Hyderabad to 65 for 3 in 10.3 overs.
However, it was just when Yuvraj Singh with a quick 26 off 16 balls looked threatening, taking Hyderabad pass 100 in less than 15 overs, and the match seemed tilting side, Chris Woakes bagged him, raising the Eden crowd back to their feet again.
Losing half a side for 115 runs in 15 over, and all the big guns back to the club tent, Hyderabad couldn't give a fight back as they ended innings 17 runs short to the home side.

Sayan Banerjee