Chasing 116, KKR openers Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill started sedately, mostly focusing on rotating the strike with Gill stroking a couple of boundaries. Iyer fell to Jason Holder after an uncharacteristic knock of 8 runs off 14 balls.
Rahul Tripathi and Gill took a four each off Bhuvneshwar in the 6th over to complete the powerplay at 36/1. Rashid Khan gave KKR their second blow with Tripathi’s wicket.
The SRH bowlers then dried up the boundaries conceding just one four in the 5 overs after powerplay as the required rate went over 7. Gill got that under 6 with a couple of fours each in the 12th and 13th overs.
Gill would bring up his fifty in 44 balls with a cracking boundary off Umran Malik; he would then fell in the deep off Siddarth Kaul for 57 off 51 balls. Dinesh Karthik came out with attacking intent, thwacking a straight four off his second ball to bring the equation down to 17 needed off 18 balls.
Nitish Rana, who never looked settled in his innings, pulled Holder for a four before getting out in the 18th over, after scoring 28 runs from 33 balls, leaving 10 runs required in the last two overs. Karthik and Eoin Morgan didn’t allow any more hiccups to take KKR safely over the finishing line in the last over.
Earlier, Eoin Morgan had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Tim Southee backed his skipper’s decision in the first over with the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha, trapping the opener lbw for a golden duck. Jason Roy would hit the Kiwi pacer for a couple of fours but got out to Shivam Mavi.
Kane Williamson stroked the young Indian pacer for four boundaries in the 6th over to cap off the powerplay at 35/2. Williamson would, however, get run out by Shakib Al Hasan in the 7th over after scoring 26 runs off 21 balls.
KKR would then assume a stronghold on SRH. The boundaries dried up for a few overs before Shakib struck with the wicket of Abhishek Sharma. Priyam Garg would smoke a six off Shakib, but soon got out to Varun Chakravarthy in the deep. The mystery spinner also accounted for Jason Holder’s wicket.
Abdul Samad would also hammer three maximums to Chakravarthy in his 18-ball stay for 25 runs before getting dismissed by Southee. After hitting a four, Rashid Khan would be caught in the deep off Mavi. A small 12-run stand in the last couple of overs between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul took SRH to 115.
IPL 2021: Twitter Reacts As KKR Trumps Over SRH In A Low-Scoring Encounter:
Another comfortable win by #kkr UAE leg has been outstanding for them. Great Result despite losing Russell.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 3, 2021
— LizaaSRK (@Srks_Lizaa) October 3, 2021
— Masaledaar Memes (@masaledaar_meme) October 3, 2021
David Warner right now : pic.twitter.com/6vlWHNuDiu
— Awara hoon (@Meme85632145) October 3, 2021
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 3, 2021
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 3, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 3, 2021
KKR slowly but surely ending the race for the fourth slot for the playoffs…been quite a run for the boys from Kolkata in the second leg of the IPL..SRH have had nothing going their way#IPL2021 #KKRvSRH #KKR #SRH
— Baidurjo Bhose (@bbhose) October 3, 2021
— Sridhar_FlashCric (@SridharBhamidi) October 3, 2021
10 losses for Sunrisers Hyderabad is now their highest in an IPL season, overtaking 9 losses in 2019.#IPL2021
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) October 3, 2021
#KKR has their fate in their own hands…Win the next game and script a fabulous turnaround. If you lose the next game, you’d hope that there’s a 3-4 way tie on 12. No team can go past them on NRR irrespective of how big their remaining win is. #IPL2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 3, 2021