|Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2022 Match 61 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad being played at the MCA Stadium in Pune.|
KKR were staring down the barrel when they lost three wickets in succession to the menacing Umran Malik. They were left reeling at 83 for four after the fall of skipper Iyer. Natarajan foxed Rinku Singh up next before Russell and Billings joined hands. Billings and Russell measured their attack to perfection as they faced a blockhole barrage from Natarajan, Umran and Bhuvneshwar. In the end, Russell’s sheer power snuck through every time the bowlers missed their radar, even by the slightest of margins. KKR have got enough runs on the board and now require a strong defence with the ball to stay alive in the playoffs race.
|Fastest batters to reach 2000 IPL runs (balls faced): Andre Russell – 1120*,
Virender Sehwag – 1211,
Chris Gayle – 1251,
Rishabh Pant – 1306,
Glenn Maxwell – 1309
KKR 177/6 in 20 overs: Sundar darts one into the blockhole and Russell drills it down the ground but only gets a single. Narine’s on strike. He gets a single with a push to long-off. Full toss and Russell pumps it over mid-wicket for SIX! Sundar finds the blockhole this time and Russell does not after driving it down to long-off. Low full-toss and Russell sends the ball over wide long-on for SIX on one knee! Another full-toss and Russell nonchalantly tonks the ball over deep mid-wicket for SIX and finishes the innings in style.
Sundar up for the final over. Hmm…
KKR 157/6 in 19 overs: Bhuvneshwar fires the ball past Russell’s low blade to hit the pads. He mixes up his lengths and shuffles his line well away from Russell’s arc. He gets off strike with a single. Slower-bouncer outside the off-stump and Billings lifts it straight to Williamson at cover who completes his 100th T20 catch.
Sam Billings c Williamson b Kumar 34 (29b 3×4 1×6)
KKR 151/5 in 18 overs: Natarajan hits the yorker length as Billings attempts to sweep. Loud shout from the bowler but the umpire is unmoved. SRH opts for a review but the replays suggest a clear spike off the bat. Natarajan hits the radar again. Another sharp delivery in the blockhole nutmegs Billings on its way to the keeper. Natarajan errs this time with a full-length delivery and Billings tonks it off his base for a SIX over long-off.
KKR 142/5 in 17 overs: Low full-toss and Russell tonks it through mid-wicket for FOUR. He becomes the fastest batter to reach 2000 IPL runs (in terms of balls taken – 1120). Bhuvi rushes one to Russell’s pads and he whips it through wide long-on for another FOUR.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack
KKR 129/5 in 16 overs: Umran begins with a fiery ball in the blockhole as Billings makes room but fails to put bat on ball. Short from Umran and Billings slaps the ball over cover for FOUR. Stand and delivery. Umran drops one in the slot and Billings lofts it handsomely over the bowler for FOUR. Umran comes around the wicket to Russell and nearly hits the top of leg-stump as Russell misses out on a rash heave.
KKR 119/5 in 15 overs: Natarajan sends in a low full toss to Russell who drills it down to deep mid-wicket. A sharp throw from the deep blocks Russell’s second run and he’s nearly caught short of his crease at the non-striker’s by the bowler. Natarajan continues to find the blockhole as the batters resort to singles. Full-toss and Russell sends it out of the park! Goodness me, the sound off the willow just tells you the might of that hit. The ball fires deep into the high stands over mid-wicket, well up there with the cleanest hits of the season.
KKR 109/5 in 14 overs: A hint of room and Russell whacks it past mid-off for FOUR. Umran drops short and Russell attempts to slash but misses. Umran continues to drop short to Russell, the extra pace makes it difficult for the batter to get one right off his arc. Three singles on the trot and Umran goes wide down leg to Billings. Billings attempts the ramp but Umran gushes through with a fuller delivery to the keeper.
Umran into the attack
KKR 100/5 in 13 overs: Jansen pins Russell deep into the crease with a couple of inch-perfect landings in the blockhole. Hundred up for KKR as Jansen concedes four from the over.
Jansen replaces Sundar
KKR 96/5 in 12 overs: Natarajan zips one into the blockhole and hits Rinku’s pads on the flush. Loud shout from the bowler and the umpire has a long thought before raising his finger! Seems like we have a bit of a mix-up here. The umpires signal Rinku he’s out of time for a review as he asks one post 15 seconds. Billings suggests that he raised the call for his partner within the time-limit. The umpires have a word with the batters and Rinku has to depart. Nevertheless, Natarajan was at his best on that one. He pins it right under the bat to leave Rinku with no time to react. Russell in at 6. Another one lands right in the blockhole and Russell wades out of danger as he lowers his anchor.
Rinku Singh lbw b Natarajan 5 (6b)
KKR 89/4 in 11 overs: Sundar fends a tad short and Billings unleashes a reverse sweep past deep point for FOUR. Sundar keeps the batters under check for the rest of the over.
Rinku Singh joins Billings
KKR 83/4 in 10 overs: Bang on the money as Umran fires one into Billings’ defence in front of the stumps. A single to follow. Umran fires one up of the shorter length to Iyer who arches back for an upper-cut but misses. Excellent riposte from the KKR skipper as he pummels the next delivery down the ground for FOUR. Umran tails the ball in and Iyer flicks it straight to the deep mid-wicket fielder! Third wicket for the fiery paceman as KKR tumbles further.
Shreyas Iyer c Tripathi b Umran Malik 15 (9b 2×4)
KKR 78/3 in 9 overs: Sundar continues to follow aggressive lines. Iyer and Billings keep themselves with singles. Six runs off it.
KKR 73/3 in 8 overs: Umran begins with a 147kph delivery on length and Rana slices it down to third-man for a single. Umran fires the ball into the stumps and Rahane works it off his feet for a single to deep midwicket. He touches 150kph with that ball! Short ball and taken! Rana sheepishly flicks the ball off his waist, straight to the deep square-leg fielder. Umran Malik ends his wicket-less rut of three matches with a crucial breakthrough. Shreyas Iyer in at 4. Streaky! Umran pushes the ball further up and Iyer slashes it just over the reach of the backward point fielder for FOUR. Umran tucks one in and Iyer nonchalantly flicks it past mid-on for three runs as Bhuvneshwar Kumar puts in an excellent done to save a single. Short delivery outside the off-stump and Rahane holes out to a fantastic catch by Shashank Singh at deep point! Umran is on a roll as SRH doubles down on KKR in quick time.
Nitish Rana c Shashank Singh b Umran Malik 26 (16b 1×4 3×6); Ajinkya Rahane c Shashank Singh b Umran Malik 28 (24b 3×6)
Umran Malik replaces Jansen
KKR 63/1 in 7 overs: Sundar loops the ball in and Rahane struggles while prodding forward to defend. A loose shot of discomfort follows over mid-off and he gets a single. Rana flicks the ball to square-leg and pushes his partner for a single. Sundar tosses one in and Rahane powers the ball from a rigid stance over Jansen at long-on. No feet movement, understandably so and Rahane will seemingly throw his bat at everything which will come his way now.
Washington Sundar into the attack
Ajinkya Rahane is struggling with an injury. A check with the physio follows.
KKR 55/1 in 6 overs: Rahane goes downtown as he lofts Jansen’s length delivery over long-on for SIX. Rahane tucks the ball to deep fine leg and picks up two runs. Single to follow. Short ball and Rana upper-cuts over the slip-cordon for another beautiful SIX! Fifty up for KKR as Rana flips the switch with an aggressive start. Two good overs have helped KKR finish the PowerPlay on a high.
|KKR’s highest powerplay scores in IPL 2022:
64-1 vs MI, 57-1 vs RR,
55-1 vs SRH
KKR 38/1 in 5 overs: Crunched! Rana greets Natarajan with a full-bloodied drive down the ground for FOUR. Length ball and Rana hammers the ball over mid-on for SIX! Short ball and Rana swivels to parry the ball over short fine leg for another SIX. 18 off the over with two singles to finish.
Natarajan replaces Bhuvneshwar
KKR 20/1 in 4 overs: Jansen gives nothing away to the batters. He nearly gets the outside-edge off Rahane as he zips one past the off-stump.
KKR 18/1 in 3 overs: Bhuvneshwar cramps up Rahane with three dots. A single follows as Rahane pushes one past mid-off. Bhuvi persists with nagging lines to Rana who lets two deliveries pass on length outside the off-stump.
KKR 17/1 in 2 overs: Jansen angles the ball in and Iyer pushes it to mid-on for a single. Short ball and Rahane swivels to send the ball off his hips over backward square for SIX. Jansen straightens his line and Rahane defends firmly to cover. Single to follow. Dragged on, Jansen strikes in his first over! Venkatesh attempts to cut the ball inches away from his body and crashes his stumps.
Venkatesh Iyer b Jansen 7 (6b 1×4)
Marco Jansen into the attack
SRH 9/0 in 1 over: Venkatesh off the mark straightaway. Bhuvneshwar tucks one to the body and Iyer flicks it down leg for a single. A hint of shape for Bhuvi offers as Rahane misses out on the cut. Bhuvneshwar angles one in and Rahane gets off strike with a leg bye. Bhuvi pitches one up on the full and Iyer pounces on it with a solid punch down the ground for FOUR.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball. Venkatesh on strike.
Game on. Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane walk out to the middle as Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers take the field.
Sunrisers Hyderabad XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson(c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran(w), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
Kolkata Knight Riders XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sam Billings (w), Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy
|With the Gujarat Titans sealing its playoffs spot and both CSK and MI out of the race, seven teams are placed in a mid-table tussle for three spots with 10 matches to go. Here’s a look at the playoffs qualification scenario for each team:
IPL 2022 playoffs qualification scenario explained
TOSS: Kolkata wins the toss, opts to bat
Shreyas Iyer: We will bat first here. If you the record here, teams batting first have done well and batting first also suits us. Forced to make changes this time. Pat is injured, so Umesh comes in and Sheldon Jackson comes in too. We came to the core strength we started with and we got a good start.
Kane Williamson: We have played on this surface the other day and we were looking to bat as well. Natarajan and Washington are back. Jansen is back in for Farooqi as well. We haven’t been quite at our best in the last few games. So we want to turn that around.
Some Kiwi reunion! – SPORTZPICS
Shreyas Iyer and Kane Williamson are at the centre.
TOSS at 7PM….
|Pitch Report from Deep Dasgupta: The nature of the pitch has changed over the last one-and-a-half months. There is a bit of live grass. The greenness of the grass and firmness tells there will be something for the seamers. For batting, it will come onto the bat. It looks like the batsmen will have the last laugh.|
6:40PM: Umesh Yadav, T Natarajan and Washington Sundar – are all out in the field for warmups. Would we see the three return for their respective sides tonight?
6:15PM: Kane Williamson’s perils at the top of the order has impacted SRH’s recent troubles. Williamson has been caught in a rut. His strike-rate of 96.13 is the lowest among all batters to face a minimum of 100 balls this season. Could the Kiwi legend flip his fortunes tonight?
Williamson in IPL 2022: 11 innings, 199 runs, HS 57, AVE 19.90, SR 96.13, 50s 1
6:00PM IST: Fresh from his appointment as England men’s new Test coach, Brendon McCullum would hope to finish his IPL 2022 campaign with KKR on a high. Two games to go with a stake for the playoffs still in hand.
Can Bazz and Co. topple the Sunrisers to pick the crucial two points tonight? – SPORTZPICS
5:35PM IST: Form Guide (recent matches first): KKR – WLWLL SRH – LLLLW
KKR vs SRH head-to-head
Matches Played: 22; KKR won – 14; SRH won – 8
HS (KKR) vs SRH: 187
HS (SRH) vs KKR: 209
LS (KKR) vs SRH: 130
LS (SRH) vs KKR: 115
And given their position in the points table, a win won’t be enough to take either team to the playoffs.
The last game at the picturesque venue on the outskirts of the city that was once referred to as pensioner’s paradise will also be the Knight Riders’ penultimate game of the season.
Shreyas Iyer’s boys know that to prolong Brendon McCullum’s stint as head coach by a week before he takes over as the coach of the England Test team, they have to win both their remaining games and then hope for other results to go their way.
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Just when the Knight Riders appeared to finally get the balance of their XI right, they will need to find a suitable replacement for Pat Cummins, who has returned home following a hip injury.
All eyes on Williamson, Tripathi
Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, is in a slightly better position, at least on paper. With three games in hand, they will not be out of contention even with a loss. But the four-match losing streak that the team is on is annihilating the gains made after an unbeaten five-match run earlier in the tournament.
As a result, Kane Williamson & Co. will be desperate to return to winning ways. The onus will be on the captain to find form with the willow. Besides, the team will also be looking forward to Rahul Tripathi to repeat his last month’s exploits against his former IPL outfit.
If Tripathi sizzles at his home ground, he can keep his team in the hunt and sound a death-knell to KKR’s campaign.
SRH vs KKR predicted playing XI
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Quinton de Kock(w), KL Rahul(c), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan
Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sam Billings (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav
KKR vs SRH Dream11 prediction
Wicketkeeper: Nicholas Pooran
Batters: Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Iyer (vc), Nitish Rana
All-rounders: Aiden Markram, Andre Russell (c), Sunil Narine
Bowlers: T Natarajan, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tim Southee
Team Composition: KKR 5:6 SRH Credits Left: 0.0
KKR VS SRH FULL SQUADS
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Nitish Rana, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Iyer (c), Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Harshit Rana, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings (wk), Aaron Finch, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): Kane Williamson, Umran Malik, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Nicholas Pooran, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchith, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Romario Shepherd, Sean Abbott, R Samarth, Shashank Singh, Saurabh Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Glenn Phillips, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH SRH VS KKR IPL 2022 LIVE?
The IPL 2022 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders will be aired LIVE on the Star Sports Network at 7:30 PM IST on Saturday, May 14. The match will also be available for LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.