KKR managed a dominant victory against SRH by 54 runs, and it was an all-around team performance by them in Maharashtra Cricket Stadium, Pune. Mainly, in their innings, Russell’s unbeaten knock of 49 made the difference, and the pressure was well exerted by the bowling performance as well. In reply to KKR’s 177 for six wickets with a run rate of 8.85, SRH managed a mere 123 at the loss of 8 wickets. However, it was visible that they could not score in front of KKR bowling, which, as it seems, was venomous today.
KKR was seemingly much more comfortable taking control than the other days from the very first over. Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson were opening the innings for SRH. Sharma was middling the ball for defensive shots. The first over ended, and the first ball of the consequent over was given city of watch use a couple of boundaries. In this case, Sharma was coming up with a charge against Southee.
Yadav, too, was being lifted and switched over the rope. If it’s not Sharma, Williamson followed the lead. After a couple of overs, Williamson was scooping an outside off delivery, and his stumps were cracked. Russell dismissed him.
But SRH had barren overs, and they weren’t able to score. The following boundary appeared at the seventh over. SRH, from the beginning, was lagging behind the required run rate. Sharma was hammering Narine by the middle of the eighth over for a couple of over boundaries. When Tripathi and Sharma looked comfortable, Southee cleared Tripathi off, and he was caught and bowled from an outstanding reflex catch in the follow-through.
At the tenth over, Sharma was striking a boundary against Russell again, but SRH required many more strikes like this. Sharma, however, was cleared off even after an impressive start. He departed, for he got a top edge when slog sweeping Chakravarthy. Pooran was also very short-lived as Narine dismissed him. When he left, the required run rate was 13.
Markram was the man who was at least trying to drag his team. He hammered three sixes, two against Chakravarthy and one against Umesh Yadav at the beginning of the fifteenth over. But at the last ball, Yadav took his revenge, right in that over. Markram was driving hard, but the ball got an inside edge to get into the stumps.
Again after a couple of barren overs, Russell got Sundar’s wicket. After a splendid batting performance – Russell was sparkling bright also with the ball. When at the beginning of the 18th over, Russell was taking up Sundar’s wicket, cricket fans knew that KKR already had taken two points out of the match. Russell radiated more gloriously when a Jaffer out of his arms was being landed up in keeper’s gloves after getting a little outside edge at Jansen’s bat.
Fantasy cricket fans would be excited to see Russell casting an all-around clinical performance throughout the match. Millions of cricket buffs across the globe participate in online fantasy cricket, where they create their teams and score points based on their performance. The key is to select players that will contribute to your team’s success and score points well. Naturally, no one wants to drop such players out of their teams.