Shakib leads Sunrisers to victory over Kolkata


After doing his calculations, the astrologer predicts that Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad will be the victor in today's game.

After five unsuccessful attempts, the Sunrisers finally broke the Eden jinx.

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 on Saturday will see Kolkata Knight Riders taking on 2016 IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Kolkata Knight Riders handed Shubman Gill his cap for the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Deepak Hooda was the other not-out batsman.

After much success opening the innings, KKR chose to drop Narine down the order, according to head coach Jacques Kallis, to get quick runs in the middle overs. With Dhawan also, getting the boundaries easily, it looked like for a while that the Hyderabad would chase down the target in quick time.

Getting runs at will was never easy on this Eden track, which had something for both the pacers and spinners. After losing their openers Wriddhiman Saha (24 runs off 15 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (7 runs off 7 balls) early, Kane Williamson led from the front with a magnificent 44-ball 50 with four boundaries and one six.

But Williamson's serenity and composure rose above everything else.

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Shakib fell after a 21-ball 27 with two fours and six, bowled off the bowling of Piyush Chawla with the Hyderabad score on 114.

Shakib's stay was cut short and so was Williamson's, after he reached his half-century.

Perhaps the only positive for Kolkata Knight Riders in a disastrous outing was that the powerful Chris Lynn hammered his way to the 40s despite his teammates doing their best to disregard his efforts. (Tom) Curran bowled well considering it was his first game.

The big West Indian all-rounder had a field day against Chennai Super Kings a few days back but could do nothing against a well-organised Sunrisers bowling attack. And the experience certainly wasn't a good one.

Match Status: Second innings in PLay. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed SRH's last game, returned figures of 3/26.

Bhuvneshwar took little time to make his presence felt.

Lynn and Nitish Rana then batted sensibly.