Before the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Umesh Yadav had said that no one has anything to prove to him. He said that even at the age of 34, he has the ability to bowl well and take wickets. But the Indian fast bowler could not do it today. He was wicketless with 31 runs in 4 overs.
In fact, none of the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers have found Hyderabad batsmen Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram today. That is why after losing the toss and opting to bat, Kolkata scored 175 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. That too with 13 balls left.
Chasing the target, Hyderabad defeated Abhishek Sharma by 3 runs and captain Kane Williamson by 39 runs. Tripathi and Markram tied the knot. Umesh Yadav, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell they keep on scoring runs without paying attention to any Kolkata bowler. The pair broke up in 14.2 overs when Tripathi returned after catching Venkatesh Iyer off Russell. But by then the foundation of victory had been laid for Hyderabad. They needed 43 runs from 34 balls when Tripathi was out. Markram easily did the rest of the work with Nicholas Puran.
Tripathi and Markram made 94 off 54 balls for the third wicket. Before being dismissed, Tripathi scored 61 runs in 4 fours and 6 sixes at a strike rate of 192 and played 36 balls. And after winning the team, Markram left the field with an unbeaten 6 runs off 36 balls. He hit 6 fours and 4 sixes in an innings with a strike rate of 179.
Earlier, Kolkata was under pressure after losing 3 wickets for 31 runs. However, in the storm of Nitish Rana and Andre Russell, Kolkata Knight Riders lost 6 wickets in 20 overs and scored 175 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They lost three wickets in a powerplay at Hyderabad’s three pacers at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. In the fourth wicket, captain Shreyas Iyer and Rana got used to them. After Iyer’s return, Kolkata got a good collection with an unbeaten innings of 54 off 36 balls by Runner and 49 off 25 balls by Russell at the end. 53 runs in the last 4 overs. Thangarasu Natarajan took 3 wickets for 36 runs.