Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan stitched an important partnership of 92 runs to assist Kolkata Knight Riders seal a snug seven-wicket win over SunRisers Hyderabad of their second conflict of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) on the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
The David Warner-led aspect gained the toss and opted to bat first.
SunRisers Hyderabad misplaced opener Jonny Bairstow, who’s celebrating his 31st birthday immediately, cheaply for 5 runs.
Bairstow’s opening accomplice Warner joined forces with first drop Mayank Pandey and the duo then stitched a brief stand of 35 runs earlier than the SRH skipper handed a return catch to bowler Varun Chakravarthy to depart for 36 runs.
Pandey then not solely notched up a half-century off 35 balls, but additionally shared an important stand of 62 runs with Wriddhiman Saha to assist SRH put up an honest complete of 142 for 4 on the scoreboard.
For KKR, Pat Cummins, Varun and Andre Russell bagged a wicket every.
Chasing the goal, the Kolkata-based franchise misplaced Sunil Narine and skipper Dinesh Karthik for a duck. Though Nitish Rana started his innings with boundaries, his cameo of 13-ball 26 runs got here to an finish after he was caught by Saha behind the wicket off T Natarajan supply.
Opener Shubhman Gill then hammered a blistering half-century of 70 runs, together with 5 boundaries and two sixes, in addition to sharing an important unbeaten stand with Eoin Morgan (42) to take KKR previous the mark in simply 18 overs.
Khaleel Ahmed, Natarajan and Rashid Khan took a wicket every for SRH.
Shubman Gill was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for his good present with the bat.
KKR will subsequent lock horns with Rajasthan Royals on September 30, whereas SRH will sq. off with Delhi Capitals of their subsequent match a day earlier.
Brief scores: SRH 142/four in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 51, David Warner 36; Andre Russell 1/16, Pat Cummins 1/19) misplaced to KKR 145/3 (Shubman Gill 70 not out, Eoin Morgan 42 not out; Rashid Khan 1/25, T Natarajan 1/27) by seven wickets