Markram and Tripathi Fifties Fire Sunrisers for third win on trot as Kolkata stumbles

Rahul Tripathi (71 from 37 balls) laid the groundwork before Aiden Markram (68 from 36 balls) carried Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) across the finish line with 7 wickets and 13 balls to spare against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on Friday 15th April.

The win, Hyderabad’s third on the trot, sees them turn around a disappointing start to the season as they climb steadily up the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) points table while condemning Kolkata to back-to-back defeats .

Tripathi came at bat in the 2nd inning and immediately got going, racing fifty for 21 and looked visibly disappointed when he returned despite a player of the game performance where he broke 6 sixes and 4 four en route to his 71. Markram meanwhile, he provided great early support before taking the reins and went unbeaten on 68 with 6 fours and 4 sixes to his name.

Nicholas Pooran (5-on-8) didn’t have much to do as Markram sealed the win with four, six and six in a row over Pat Cummins in the 18th.

SRH saw their chase get off to a rocky start as Cummins struck in his first inning, with Abhishek Sharma (3) trailing a long delivery on the stumps. Captain Kane Williamson (17 from 16 balls) then went the same way, Andre Russell this time doing the damage to reduce SRH to 39/2 in the 6th.

However, Tripathi and Markram shared a superb partnership of 94 runs on just 54 balls to stabilize the Sunrisers and put them on the winning streak. Tripathi welcomed Varun Chakravarthy into the attack with four, six and six in a row, making it a night to forget for the mysterious KKR spinner who was the most expensive bowler with 0/45 from 3 overs.

Meanwhile, Narine put on another good display and despite finishing without a wicket, he only conceded 23 runs from 4 overs, finishing with the game’s best save rate of 5.75.

Earlier in the game, Williamson won his fifth straight pitch and opted to go bowling. SRH made a change with Jagadeesha Suchith replacing the injured Washington Sundar. Kolkata had three changes with Aaron Finch, Aman Khan and Sheldon Jackson replacing Sam Billings, Ajinkya Rahane and Rasikh Salam.

Kolkata got off to a bad start as Finch (7) hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six in the first round but fell back the very next as Marco Jansen (1/26) caught him.

T Natarajan then entered the attack and casted Venkatesh Iyer (6) with his first-ever ball. Sunil Narine (6) came out and made no secret of his intentions as he drew the line with a six. However, Natarajan sent him packing on the 3rd delivery as he fired in a low throw that Narine cut straight to the point as KKR was down to 31/3.

Captain Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana then attempted to rebuild with a stable 39-run partnership. The pair were separated by a scorching 148 mph yorker from speedster Umran Malik that sent Shreyas’ bails (28 on 25 balls) flying in 10th. Malik (2/27) then doubled his total by sending Sheldon Jackson (7) to 13th.

Meanwhile, Rana reached his fifty from 33 balls and, with a raging Andre Russell, added 39 balls from 26 for the sixth wicket. It was finally Natarajan who got rid of Rana (54 from 36 balls) in his last over to finish with numbers of 3/37.

Bhuvneshwar then got rid of Pat Cummins (7) in the penultimate and versatile hitter Aman could only manage 5 runs on his debut before being cleared by Jagadeesha Suchith in the final.

Russell, however, crushed Suchith for six, six and four over the last three deliveries to finish unbeaten on 49 of 25 balls as KKR went 175/8.


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