Indian Premier League, 2021 |Match 49 |10/3/2021 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Right then. That is all we have from this clash! The next game will be between the two teams who are sitting pretty at the top of the table. Chennai will face Delhi on 4th October at 6 pm Local (2 pm GMT). See you there. Till then, take care and goodbye!
Shubhman Gill, the Player of the match, says that they were looking to keep wickets in hand early in the innings. Adds that hitting spinners on that wicket was not easy and he was targetting the shorter boundary. Says that he did not have much runs under his belt and it was important for him to not throw away his wicket and put the oppostion ahead. Adds that he is used to playing on wickets where there is very low bounce as wrists come into play on those wickets.
Eoin Morgan, the skipper of Kolkata, says that the wicket was slower than it was in their last game. Adds that they bowled and fielded really well and it is a vast improvement from their last game. Says that Shakib Al Hasan is a huge player and he had a big impact in this game. Further adds that they are focused on playing good cricket and that has brought confidence in the dressing room.
Dinesh Karthik is up for a chat. He says that it was a great game of cricket. Adds that he went out and got lucky to get that first boundary. Tells that they did not want to take the game too deep and wanted to take risks in the middle. Credits Nitish Rana for playing second fiddle to Shubhman Gill. Signs off by saying fingers crossed as they are hoping to make it to the playoffs.
Kane Williamson, the captain of Hyderabad, is up for a chat. He says, they should’ve added a few more runs on the board. Their bowlers did well to stem up the run flow. Mentions things can change quickly in the Indian T20 League. Also says, they could not get off to a great start and missed a few partnerships in the middle. Informs, Malik has got a lot of pace, he is quite special. It was an amazing time for him to get a run in today’s game. Adds that they are out of the contention this season, so maybe the young lads will get some chances. Mentions, as a unit they can aim to put up good performances.
Hyderabad did not have the biggest of targets on the board and it was always going to be difficult to defend it. Jason Holder got a wicket at the top and Rashid Khan took an early wicket. But Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana put on a good stand in the middle overs. Siddarth Kaul sent back Gill and Jason Holder dismissed Nitish Rana but the game was done by then. If they had a bigger score on the board, their bowling would have given Kolkata a tougher fight. Umran Malik was very impressive as he bowled quite fast and made things difficult for the batters. His figures of 0/27 do not do justice to his performance in this game.
A really good show by Kolkata. They did lose Venkatesh Iyer early but Shubman Gill played a brilliant knock to make sure that there were no further hiccups. He fell after getting his fifty and Nitish Rana fell after laboring to 25 runs but the job on hand was almost done by then. Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik finished things off after that. But they would be disappointed that they did not finish the game earlier and took it in the final over.
Two points for Kolkata and they move closer to a playoff birth! There is one spot up for grabs and there are currently 4 teams battling out for it. So, this game and these two points mean a lot to Kolkata. Hyderabad, on the other, were once again let down by their batting.
Siddarth Kaul to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! SMASHED! That is it! Kolkata win the match by 6 wickets! Kaul bangs it into the deck, around off. Dinesh Karthik stays back and pulls it over mid-wicket to seal the game with a boundary!
Siddarth Kaul to Eoin Morgan, Slower ball, on a length, outside off. Eoin Morgan cuts it to sweeper cover to take a run! Kolkata are just 1 run away now!
Siddarth Kaul to Dinesh Karthik, Length ball, on middle. Dinesh Karthik turns it to square leg for a run. Eoin Morgan looks for the second run but is sent back by Karthik.
Siddarth Kaul to Dinesh Karthik, Full ball, on off. Dinesh Karthik hits it hard but finds Kane Williamson at mid off.
END OF OVER 19 | 7 Runs & 0 Wkt | KKR 113/4
Siddarth Kaul comes back on to bowl the final over.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, A yorker, outside off. Dinesh Karthik digs it out to point and takes a quick run! Just 3 runs needed now!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Eoin Morgan, In the air, but just short of the fine leg fielder! Short ball, down leg. Eoin Morgan looks to pull but he gets a top edge and the ball goes to Umran Malik on the bounce! A single taken!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, Length ball, on middle. Dinesh Karthik chips it to long on for a run.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! That will release some pressure off Kolkata! Back of a length, outside off. Dinesh Karthik hangs back and cuts it past point for a boundary.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, Another dot! Good-length ball, on off. Dinesh Karthik skips down and pushes it to cover!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Dinesh Karthik, Length ball, on off. Dinesh Karthik blocks it out.
END OF OVER 18 | 7 Runs & 1 Wkt | KKR 106/4
Eoin Morgan walks out now. Also, a bowling change for Hyderabad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back into the attack to bowl the penultimate over.
Jason Holder to Nitish Rana, OUT! TAKEN! Nitish Rana's struggle at the crease comes to an end! Holder serves a slower ball, on a length, outside off. Rana looks to heave it away over deep mid-wicket but it goes off the top edge and the ball lobs up in the air towards the left of the batter. Wriddhiman Saha calls for it and runs forward to take the catch.
Jason Holder to Nitish Rana, A yorker, around off. Nitish Rana squeezes it out back to the bowler.
Jason Holder to Nitish Rana, FOUR! In the air, but just past the deep mid-wicket fielder! Back of a length, around off. Nitish Rana pulls hard but does not middle it and the ball goes past Rashid Khan there and goes into the fence. It crashes into the robot camera there and the lens is smashed!