IPL 2019, Match 2, KKR vs SRH: 3 mistakes that cost SRH the game
- Andre Russel's blitz took KKR over the finishing line at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
Kolkata Knight Riders locked horns against the tournament favorites Sunrisers Hyderabad at the iconic stadium in Eden Gardens. The purple brigade led by veteran Dinesh Karthik won the toss and opted to chase.
SRH openers Warner and Bairstow got the visitors off to a solid start with some great shots. The runs continued to flow at a fast pace as both the openers took the score above the 100-run mark. It was only in the 13th over that KKR finally managed to break the opening partnership, courtesy Chawla.
Warner continued to hammer the bowlers from the other end before falling for 85. Shankar came in at three and played a fine cameo of 40 off 24 balls that helped SRH post 181 for 3 in 20 overs.
Chasing 182, KKR lost Lynn early but Rana and Uthappa steadied the ship with a 50+ runs stand. SRH came back into the game with wickets and it seemed like SRH would seal a win, but Russell and Gill had other ideas. The duo added 53 runs in the final three overs to seal the game for KKR.
Here are the reasons that cost SRH the game.
#1 Yusuf dropping a sitter
When Rashid comes on to bowl, he always creates a chance or two. In his very first over, he did exactly that and induced a mistake from Uthappa, who was unable to get to the pitch of the ball and offered a simple grab to Yusuf Pathan.
Pathan didn't even had to move a lot but the man from Baroda spilled the chance. Uthappa, then on 20, managed to add 15 more valuable runs which proved to be crucial for the opposition.
At that stage of the game, KKR were slowly clawing their way back into the game and the catch would have definitely put more pressure on the home side. As they say, catches win matches and that's exactly what SRH failed to do.
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