Rain stopped play between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game here at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. Thereafter, captain Kane Williamson and Shakib-al Hasan scripted a 59-run stand for the fourth wicket that helped complete the job for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Pandey took two outstanding catches to send Nitish Rana (18; 16b 2x4 1x6) and Andre Russell (9; 5b 0x4 1x6) - back in the hut as SRH bowlers took control after a rain-induced halt when KKR were going steady at 52/1. He hit seven boundaries and a six in his 49 from just 34 balls, taking to countryman Billy Stanlake and Bhuvneshwar Kumar - those two combining for five wickets - and showcasing his brutish ability.
After much success opening the innings, KKR made a decision to drop Narine down the order, according to head coach Jacques Kallis, to get quick runs in the middle overs.
SRH has managed to snatch 3 players - Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, and Shakib Al-Hasan from KKR this season.
KKR captain Dinesh Karthik was not happy with his batsman.
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The hosts, after being asked to bat, reverted to the tried and tested opening pair of Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn, not risking Narine before Bhuvneshwar, who returned in place of Sandeep Sharma. After winning their first match against RCB, KKR lost their second match to the mighty CSK even after posting the first 200 plus total on the board. The former has taken two wickets in each match while maintaining a low economy, while the latter has gone through his overs in miserly fashion as well.
The 22-year-old Krishna has played 23 matches for Karnataka, only three of which have been in the T20 format. Earlier, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc was ruled out ahead of the tournament due to a calf injury.
Delhi have issues to address especially in their bowling department which has failed to deliver in each of the three games played so far. "So we have pace in the kitty", the KKR skipper told reporters on the eve of their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Fantasy Picks: Narine and Karthik are two dependable picks from the KKR lineup.