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Sunrisers Hyderabad 142/4 (20 ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders 145/3 (18 ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets
Player of the match: Shubman Gill
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Kolkata Knight Riders have a lot of positives coming out of the game. Eoin Morgan's form will be the biggest among them. They badly needed him to be firing in the middle-order. And they have found ways to have seven bowling options without compromising a lot on the batting. The fact that Narine and Russell bat in the top 6 have helped in that. They would be really confident going into their next encounter.

On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad have a lot of questions to answer. They need a good stroke maker in the middle order. The young Indian batsmen may not be able to do it on their own. And the experiment with Saha has failed as well. It is not just about one match. Saha may be good at the top during powerplay, but he is not a no.4 batsman. The batsmen need to give decent totals for the bowlers to bowl at. 

And they need some pace in the bowling. What we have seen so far in the tournament is that genuine pacers have managed to trouble the batsmen. They have Billy Stanlake in their line-up, but with Warner, Bairstow and Rashid in the eleven, the only option is to remove Nabi, which will further weaken the middle-order. They have got Kane Williamson as well in the bench, but its a jigsaw puzzle really hard to solve. They would need to have some answers before the next game.
Shubman Gill has been adjudged the Man-of-the-Match. He says that he has been practising and fine-tuning the hard-hitting skills for the past couple of years. He is happy that it is coming off well. There wasn't any sort of turn in the wicket, and he believes playing straight was made easy by that fact.

Gill understands the importance of the set batsman seeing the team through. Today it was his chance, and he was determined to stay till the end.
Dinesh Karthik says that the availability of all-rounders has helped him to go into the game with seven genuine bowling options. That would be a combination he would like to go in with, in the upcoming matches as well.

The KKR skipper lauds the management for sticking with players like Kamlesh Nagarkoti. He has been with KKR for a couple of years but had been struggling with injuries throughout. The young quickie got to play his first IPL game today and did not disappoint.

Karthik says he doesn't want to join the rest of the world in praising Shubman Gill just so that he is not burdened with a lot of expectations. The skipper hopes that Gill has a good cricketing life ahead of him.

When asked about his own batting position, Dinesh Karthik revealed that Brendon McCullum goes with the theory of the best batsmen batting at the top of the order. Hence he might continue coming in at no.3 or no.4 in the upcoming matches as well.
The Knight Riders never looked in any sort of trouble in the chase. The target of 143 runs was way below-par on this pitch. They lost Sunil Narine early in the innings, but Shubman Gill built a good foundation along with Nitish Rana. The southpaw scored 26 runs off just 13 deliveries before getting dismissed. The quick runs upfront really helped the rest of the batsmen to ease off into the chase.

Sunrisers seemed to have a narrow door open when they managed to get Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik back into the pavilion in quick succession, but Gill was joined by Eoin Morgan, who had decided not to give it away. Morgan was a bit rusty in the initial phase of his knock, but came into his vintage self towards the back end of it sending the ball over the fence twice. This knock will give him a lot of confidence.

Shubman Gill, on the other hand, looked assured throughout the innings. He was determined to be there at the end. Gill took risks intermittently, but it was always calculated. And he just pushed it into the gaps and kept the scoreboard ticking for the rest of it. It was quite a sensible knock by the KKR opener, taking them to a comfortable victory in the end.

The duo of spinners from Afghan were quite economical for SRH. They went for just 48 runs between them in 8 overs, but SRH wanted wickets from them, which did not happen for them. Khaleel Ahmed and T Natarajan picked up a wicket each. But the Sunrisers will be really worried about Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form. He went wicketless in his spell and conceded almost 10 runs an over. 

SRH probably lost the match in the batting phase of it, but they would have been looking for a bit more from their premier bowlers.
Eoin Morgan is all praises for the young Shubman Gill. He says that Gill is really beautiful to watch from the other end. He is really hungry to learn regardless of the result, and Morgan looks forward to batting with him again.

Morgan is happy to have a win under the belt. Momentum is crucial in a long tournament like this. The players were a bit rusty playing against the Mumbai Indians, and things came into the groove tonight.
David Warner believes that the decision to bat first wasn't wrong. Kolkata showed that if you keep wickets in hand, you can get to a good total. He believes that the pitch was a bit hard to accelerate. There was a bit of it for the quicker bowlers. Test match lengths would work on this pitch, with a bit of nip off the length. 

SRH skipper says that the batsmen will have to go a bit harder at the top. The boundary percentage has to be better for them to put in a better show. The 35 dot balls they played out is not acceptable in a T20 game. He rightly feels that an additional 30-40 runs would have made things quite interesting.
Kolkata Knight Riders win by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare!
17.6 T Natarajan to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! MORGAN FINISHES IT IN STYLE! Low full toss outside off stump and Morgan crouches low before drilling it down the ground past mid off for a boundary! 
17.5 T Natarajan to Eoin Morgan, BOOOM! SIX! MORGAN WANTS TO END THIS NOW! Slower delivery on a back of a length and that one just sits up to be hit! Morgan gets into position and then mows it over wide long on for six! Just sat up for the batsman to hit and Morgan is too good a batsman to miss out. He has really come into the party.
17.4 T Natarajan to Shubman Gill, full delivery on off stump and Gill absolutely laces his straight drive. However, it is just a little too straight as the ball crashes into the stumps at the other end. Still gets a single off the deflection though. The stumps surely saved a boundary, that was absolutely blasted.
17.4 T Natarajan to Shubman Gill, banged way down the track and it slides down the leg side too. Called a wide by the umpire!
17.3 T Natarajan to Shubman Gill, length delivery outside off stump. Gill backs away and loses his shape. He still tries to lift it over extra cover but shanks his shot. It is straight to the man at short extra cover.
17.2 T Natarajan to Eoin Morgan, full delivery at the batsman's toes. Morgan clears his front leg and has a mow at it. However, he gets an inside edge that rolls away to mid wicket for one. Excellent delivery, right in the block hole.
17.1 T Natarajan to Shubman Gill, slower delivery on a length on leg stump. Gill stands tall and whips it away to deep mid wicket for another single
Find the fence early in the over, and push the ball around for the rest of it. That has been the template for Gill and KKR throughout the innings, and that over was a classic example.

The target is down to 12 runs from 18 deliveries.
Over: 17 | Summary: 6 1 1 1 1 1 Bowler: Abhishek Sharma Score: 131/3
16.6 Abhishek Sharma to Shubman Gill, another length delivery on off stump. Gill gets right to the pitch of it before driving it to long off for one. He retains strike as well!
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