Last Update on: April 14th, 2023 at 08:40 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the toss & elected to bowl against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). SRH had a topsy-turvy powerplay as they scored 65 runs but lost 2 wickets. Andre Russell surprisingly came into the attack in the 5th over & got rid of Mayank Agarwal & Rahul Tripathi. Andre Russell bowled foxed the batters with his variations.
It looked as if Harry Brook was toying with the KKR’s bowlers. In the 3rd over, Brook smashed back-to-back sixes against Umesh Yadav and used the crease quite smartly. KKR’s bowlers gave ample room to Harry Brook.
Astonishingly, Abhishek Sharma didn’t open the batting despite having a pretty decent track record. The role of the spin trio: Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy & Suyash Sharma would be quite decisive as the pitch looks a belter.
Watch- Andre Russell Leaves Field
At the end of 7 overs, SRH’s score was 75-2. Harry Brook was on 41 runs in 19 balls and Aiden Markram’s score was 9 runs in 6 balls. Andre Russell had bowled the 7th over & it looked as if he faced some discomfort & walked off the field. Andre Russell gave away 21 runs in his 2 overs but took 2 wickets. This could be a massive blow for KKR as we all have witnessed the hitting prowess of Andre Russell.
A 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙚 catch by Russell da to clear any doubts! 💜 https://t.co/YeLm4TAXPj
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 14, 2023
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Exciting Contest on Cards
SRH fans would be hoping that Harry Brook makes the most of this start as it won’t be easy for the new batter to go berserk from the word go. It would be interesting to see whether SRH uses Glenn Phillips as the impact player sub in these batting conditions who can demolish the bowling lineup.
Nitish Rana’s captaincy would be tested. The likes of Umesh Yadav & Lockie Ferguson have been taken to the cleaners. Shardul Thakur could be used who has the knack for breaking partnerships if Andre Russell doesn’t come back to bowl again. KKR would be hoping that they restrict SRH below 200 runs.