Dubai, Oct 3 (IANS) A half-century from Shubman Gill led the way for Kolkata Knight Riders to register a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 49 of IPL 2021 at Dubai International Stadium here on Sunday. Gills knock of 57 helped Kolkata chase 116 with two balls to spare which wasn’t straightforward in the first place.
Kolkata had a watchful start with 21 runs in four overs. With Hyderabad’s pacers getting some help from the pitch, they were able to not leak runs in the power-play. Venkatesh Iyer’s struggles were ended by Jason Holder in the fifth over after an attempted loft was caught by mid-off. Rahul Tripathi was the second wicket to fall, pulling straight to short mid-wicket in Rashid Khan’s first over.
Shubman Gill, sedate till the last ball of eleventh over, hit Kolkata’s first boundary after power-play by coming down the pitch and hitting through mid-wicket off Khan. He then pulled Holder twice through mid-wicket in the next over. Debutant Umran Malik, who impressed with his searing pace, was hit for back-to-back boundaries through square leg and mid-wicket. Gill hit five boundaries in seven balls to ease tension in Kolkata camp.
Nitish Rana, who found it hard to come to terms with Malik’s pace, struck his first boundary by reverse-sweeping Khan. Gill reached his maiden half-century in IPL 2021 with a pull through mid-wicket off Malik. The 55-run partnership between Gill and Rana was broken by Siddarth Kaul in the 17th over, with Gill mistiming a flick to long-on.
Dinesh Karthik nailed an off-drive on his first ball from Kaul. Rana pulled Holder through mid-wicket in the next over before a top-edge on the pull was pouched by keeper Wriddhiman Saha. Karthik slapped hard through point off Kumar in the 19th over, which was followed by finishing off the chase with a fiery pull through deep mid-wicket off Kaul.
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 115/8 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 26, Abdul Samad 25, Varun Chakravarthy 2/25, Tim Southee 2/26) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 119/4 in 19.4 overs (Shubman Gill 57, Nitish Rana 25, Jason Holder 2/32, Siddarth Kaul 1/17) by six wickets.