Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2020, Match 35 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
SRH 57/0 after 6 overs: Perfect start for Sunrisers as the foundation for a modest chase is laid by Williamson and Bairstow. The 50-run opening stand is also up. End of PowerPlay.
SRH 46/0 after 5 overs: Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson have done a fab job but the Kiwi is clearly struggling with his hammy and that is limiting the running between the wickets. Nevertheless, a 11-run over.
SRH 35/0 after 4 overs: SRH, up and running as Bairstow blasts Russell for consecutive boundaries and what a brilliant start this has been.
SRH 22/0 after 3 overs: Jonny Bairstow sweeps Varun Chakravarthy and collects a boundary and then the bowler goes full only to be punished to the square leg boundary.
SRH 12/0 after 2 overs: Williamson is up and running with two back to back boundaries but seems to be in a bit of discomfort. He was off the field for a while in the first innings.
SRH 2/0 after 1 over: Jonny Bairstow opens his account while Kane Williamson is yet to. Good over from Pat Cummins as he only allows Bairstow off the hook in the last ball.
We are set for the chase and it will be Kane Williamson with Jonny Bairstow.
End of Innings: Kolkata Knight Riders 163/5 after 20 overs.
Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan with a 58-run partnership have lifted Kolkata to a respectable total and the skipper and his deputy did well after a mini collapse.
KKR 147/4 after 19 overs: Dinesh Karthik has been connecting really well and this time gets his bottom hand into play and smokes Natarajan high over long-on for a maximum.
KKR 133/4 after 18 overs: Dinesh Karthik has eased into the role of a finisher. A flat six over deep square leg and 12 comes from Sandeep’s final over.
KKR 121/4 after 17 overs: A streaky boundary from Morgan followed by a boundary through the covers by Karthik gets Kolkata going. Need a couple of good overs to touch the 160-run mark.
KKR 111/4 after 16 overs: Excellent from Sandeep Sharma as he gives just six and both Morgan and Karthik need to make a move on. Nelson on the board and it’s time for a break.
KKR 105/4 after 15 overs: What a moment in the game as Natarajan removes Russell and the big man falls for yet another low score. Sunrisers would now aim to finish well.
KKR 96/3 after 14 overs: Excellent from Rashid Khan as after being a touch expensive, he comes back to finish his spell 4-0-28-1.
KKR 93/3 after 13 overs: Sunrisers strike and Vijay Shankar gets the dangerous Nitish Rana to apply brakes on Kolkata’s batting. Andre Russell and Vijay Shankar hold key.
KKR 88/2 after 12 overs: Rashid Khan takes a beating but comes back to remove Shubman Gill – courtesy an excellent catch from Priyam Garg at the deep. Andre Russell walks in
KKR 80/1 after 11 overs: Excellent over from Vijay Shankar and he is slipping in some handy overs. No boundary and just three runs come from the over.
KKR 77/1 after 10 overs: Nitish Rana has disrupted Rashid Khan’s rhythm by dispatching the leggie for two consecutive boundaries – one over the bowler’s head and other a sweep over mid-wicket. KKR going strong.
KKR 64/1 after 9 overs: Decent over from Vijay Shankar and Hyderabad would aim to get another wicket at this point as we break for the time-out.
KKR 57/1 after 8 overs: Nitish Rana is off the mark and Rashid Khan, as usual, starts with a very economical over.
KKR 53/1 after 7 overs: This partnership will be vital for Kolkata and Shubman Gill is well-set in the crease with Nitish Rana in company.
KKR 48/1 after 6 overs: Bowled! The little time-break didn’t help Tripathi as the opener goes for a huge heave only to see his stumps clattered. Natarajan with the breakthrough and that’s the end of PowerPlay.
KKR 42/0 after 5 overs: Gill gets going as he smacks Basil Thampit fot two back-to-back boundaries to make it 14 off the over.
KKR 28/0 after 4 overs: Tripathi attacks and he smacks T Natarajan for a brilliant six and then ends the over with a pull to the square leg boundary.
KKR 15/0 after 3 overs: Excellent bowling from Sandeep as he gives just three from the over.
KKR 12/0 after 2 overs: Rashid Khan drops a sitter and hands Shubman Gill a life off Basil Thampi. Good start by Thampi though.
KKR 6/0 after 1 over: Hint of swing and Sandeep Sharma begins with an inswinger. However, he goes wide and Tripathi covers the swing and drives behind square for a boundary.
Out come the two umpires and the SRH players break away from the huddle… For KKR, it will be Shubman Gill along with Rahul Tripathi… It will be Sandeep Sharma to Gill…
Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad wins toss, opts to bowl first
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
Changes: SRH – Basil Thampi replaces Khaleel Ahmed and Abdul Samad comes in for Shahbaz Nadeem.
KKR – Kuldeep Yadav and Lockie Ferguson come in for Chris Green and Prasidh Krishna.
Pitch Report: The sun is out and it’s around 35 degrees at the moment in Abu Dhabi, so it should be comfortable for the players. We are playing on pitch number four today and that means it’s pretty much even boundaries on both sides of the ground. The surface looks green, so it should offer something for the faster men. It’s a pitch where you’ll need to hit the deck hard – bowl short and reap rewards – Ian Bishop and Danny Morrison.
Sunil Narine was on Sunday cleared by the Indian Premier League’s suspect bowling action committee after being reported last week.
Narine was reported for a suspect action during his team’s clash against Kings XI Punjab last Saturday and another such instance could have led him to being barred from bowling in the league.
Head-to-head: (25 matches- SRH 7 | KKR 11)
The two teams have faced each other 18 times in the IPL so far, and KKR has dominated the fixture by winning it 11 times.
A struggling Kolkata Knight Riders will hope to get its campaign back on track when it takes on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 encounter in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Kolkata’s last two matches resulted in two crushing defeats. Eoin Morgan’s men will be left facing a steep climb into the playoffs if it fails to iron out the flaws.
The form of Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell has been a major concern for them. He has struggled to score runs and his bowling, though economical in patches, has been lightweight.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad:
Kane Williamson, David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Virat Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, Abhishek Sharma, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Mitchell Marsh, Bavanaka Sandeep, Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav, Rashid Khan
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad:
Eoin Morgan (c ), Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Manimaran Siddharth, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Chris Green, Rahul Tripathi
IPL Match 35: SRH vs KKR
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi