IPL 2020
IPL 2020: Shubman Gill And Pat Cummins Assured An Easy Win For KKR
By CricShots - Sep 26, 2020 11:42 pm
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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) managed to registered an easy win by 7 wickets in their second game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. After a terrible debut bowling display against Mumbai Indians (MI), Pat Cummins was determined to make a strong comeback and he did so against SRH as he got the prized wicket of Jonny Bairstow and during the chase, Shubman Gill scored a fifty.

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Pat Cummins made a strong comeback

Earlier, David Warner won the toss and opted to bat first but his side got off to a very slow start. SRH had made three changes to their squad as Mitchell Marsh, Vijay Shankar, and Sandeep Sharma made way for Mohammad Nabi and Saha. On the other hand, KKR also made a couple of changes as Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti came in as replacements of Sandeep Warrier and Nikhil Naik.

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David, who had already lost his opening partner Jonny Bairstow (5) to Pat Cummins’ in the 4th over on a darting delivery, took the responsibility upon himself to go big, but he was dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy. The Australian opener did manage to find some impetus along with Manish Pandey playing the supporting role on the other side.

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Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan made a solid partnership

SRH never managed to recover from that position of being down to 59/2 in 9 overs. However, Manish Pandey (51 off 38 balls) and Wriddhiman Saha (30 of 31 balls) made a decent partnership of 62 runs for the third wicket but it wasn’t enough for SRH to reach the decent total. Pandey got out in the 18th over followed by the dismissal of Saha in the final over. Eventually, they only managed to reach a total of 142/4 in their quota of 20 overs.

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During the chase, KKR lost Sunil Narine early, then, Gill tried to build a partnership with Nitish Rana but the latter was dismissed in the fifth over followed by the dismissal of the skipper, Dinesh Karthik in the 7th over by Rashid Khan. However, KKR had managed to maintain a decent run-rate as they had scored more than 55 runs in the powerplay itself.

After those early dismissals, Gill (70* off 60 balls) made a solid unbeaten partnership of 92 runs for the 4th wicket along with Eoin Morgan (42* off 29 balls) as they made sure that KKR gets over the line without any hiccup. Knight Riders chased down the total comfortably by the end of 18th over.

Match Summary:

Kolkata Knight Riders – 145/3 in 18 overs (S Gill: 70*, E Morgan: 42*; R Khan: 1/25) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad – 142/4 in 20 overs (M Pandey: 51; P Cummins: 1/19, V Chakravarthy: 1/25) by 7 wickets

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