IPL 2021 SRH vs KKR Highlights: KKR beat SRH by 10 runs in their first game of the IPL 2021. SRH’s run chase got off to a poor start as skipper David Warner and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha got out for single-digit scores.
Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow helped SRH recover with a 92-run partnership for the third wicket. Bairstow got out for 55 whereas Pandey remained unbeaten for 61.
Despite Abdul Samad’s cameo, SRH fell short of the target by 10 runs. Prasidh Krishna picked up two wickets whereas Andre Russell, Pat Cummins and Shakib Al Hasan picked one wicket each.
The plan did not work for Warner’s bowling unit as they leaked runs from the start.
Nitish Rana dominated SRH bowlers and shared a 93-run partnership for the second wicket with Rahul Tripathi. Rana scored 80 whereas Tripathi scored 53.
Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers as he took two wickets for just 24 runs. After the wicket of Rana, KKR’s lost the plot before the death overs.
Morgan, Russell and Shakib managed to register single-digit scores. However, Dinesh Karthik was explosive in the end delivering for KKR with an unbeaten 9-ball 22.
SRH could score just 177 for 5 while chasing 188. “We are delighted. I thought it was magnificent, the guys batted today at the top of the order in particular, Nitish and Tripathi. And the bowling too, couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Morgan said at the post-match presentation.
“It was a tight game against a really tough side. Really happy with the start. We were very happy with our score, we thought if we bowled half decently well we should get over the line.”
“There’s a huge amount of thought and structure that goes into decisions on the field. We’ve got a great head coach and support staff.
“The IPL is all about results. I think guys are buying into what we are trying to do.”
On veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh opening the bowling in his maiden match for the KKR, Morgan said, “Bhajji starting really well in the first over and not playing a part after that but using his experience to guide the others just shows that.”
SRH captain David Warner conceded that his side mis-executed a little bit with the ball.
“I didn’t think there were that many runs in that wicket. They adapted really well,” Warner said.
“And the way that we lost two early wickets but fought hard through Jonny and Manish, was good. If you over-pitched, it came on a little bit. They had some height in their bowling attack, it helped with the cross-seam balls.”
“But plenty of games to come. Four games at this venue so we should be getting used to this square.”
“I thought the ball was in my slot (first ball off Bhuvneshwar) and luckily I got a four,” said Rana who scored 80 0ff 56 balls.
“My game-plan is always that if the ball is in my slot I’ll try to hit it. I was backing myself and looking to hit balls. I’ve been playing spin since childhood, so in a way, it’s in my blood.”
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