The second of Super Saturday kicked off with table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad hosting Kolkata Knight Riders at their fortress in Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Kolkata Knight Riders had their task cut out before they faced the table-toppers in a must-win situation, for the survival in the tournament.
Over the course of the tournament, Hyderabad presented slow-turners, which made run-making difficult. To everyone’s surprise, and DK especially, who claimed the pitch to be similar to the old Kolkata wicket, the surface turned out to be a belter.
Shikhar Dhawan and Shreevats Goswami started off the proceeding for Sunrisers with their individual fireworks. The two elegant-yet-aggressive southpaws added 79 in no time, to lay a solid foundation for their team.
Goswami scored a breezy 36 while Dhawan brought up his 32nd IPL fifty. Meanwhile, captain Kane Williamson snatched the Orange Cap from KL Rahul with his quickfire 36.
It was KKR’s dismal ground fielding and dropped catches, which was the talk of the Twitterati town. Also, the man in focus was the 11-crore man Manish Pandey who played a relatively sluggish knock on a belter of a pitch.
That said, after a loose performance from KKR on the field, Dinesh Karthik marshalled his troops brilliantly to make a comeback at the back end. DK’s men took wickets in clumps in the final few overs to restrict the hosts to 172.
Here’s how Twitter reacted
— Nayan Degda (@nayanbdegda) May 19, 2018
Last 4 overs 24-4 SRH. What a comeback by KKR. #SRHvKKR
— Pramod. (@Cric_Pramod) May 19, 2018
If Srh has to win the trophy I think they should rest pandey #SRHvKKR
— Mohan Krishna R (@KrishnaRachumal) May 19, 2018
— Farhan Mazher (@farhanmazr) May 19, 2018
Apne KKR bowlers bhi Shami se inspired hai, charge up hone me aadha match nikal dete hai #SRHvKKR
— Zeeshan (@zshan34) May 19, 2018
— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) May 19, 2018
Shreevats Goswami is batting really well. At least one Goswami is happy today. #SRHvKKR
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) May 19, 2018
— SRK Universe Fan Club (@SRKUniverse) May 19, 2018
— Manu (@manu_turlapati) May 19, 2018
— R P Dhineshwar (@rp_dhineshwar) May 19, 2018
Dear Manish Pandey, don't play Sunil Gavaskar's innings, I mean test cricket. #SRHvKKR
— Swapnil Suryawanshi (@swapnil_bs) May 19, 2018
Narine drop the catch & I shouted "Ae Madarchoddd" suddenly mom comes in Hall from kitchen & stares at me at least for 30 Sec..😁 #SRHvKKR
— Pankaj (@Funky_Pankaj) May 19, 2018
— Innocent (@Being9999) May 19, 2018
Don’t know why Manish Pandey wants to play those cheeky shots when he can play proper shots #SRHvKKR
— Vishal Kumar Jha (@vishalkjha) May 19, 2018
— Sai Karthikeya (@sai_karthik56) May 19, 2018
Sreevats Goswami joined the list of Indian wicket keepers who are performing well this season.
KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Sreevats Goswami👍#SRHvKKR
— Mythreya! (@mythreyaa) May 19, 2018
If Searles is playing as a batsman why not Delport Boss DK? #SRHvKKR
— Abhay (@ImAbhay3) May 19, 2018
— Monica (@monicas004) May 19, 2018
Williamson calms you down, Pandey raises your blood pressure.. 😂 #SRHvKKR
— Gutan (@Keerti_RL) May 19, 2018
— Anshul Nagpal (@anshul8394) May 19, 2018
Out of Rana,Gill,Searles,Uthappa
Why the helll chawla is at long on #SRHvKKR
— Eldo Jacob (@eldoj28) May 19, 2018
— shriram hemaraj (@shriramtweet) May 19, 2018
— Googly Devi (@googlydevi) May 19, 2018
— Sahil Jain (@sahildj96) May 19, 2018