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May 25 2017, 08:47 | Van Peters
Despite the loss, Knight Riders lead the table with 14 points on better run-rate than Mumbai Indians, who also have 14 points, but have played a game less than the Knight Riders.
With the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper on the charge, Kolkata called on Sunil Narine, a former world No.1 ranked T20 global bowler and still in the top 10, to stem the flow of runs.
"Zaheer will be missing the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad tomorrow due to the hamstring strain that he suffered during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders but he is unlikely to make a comeback", a team source said.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad have an impressive 13 points from ten games.
Kings XI Punjab dished out a disciplined all-round performance to notch up a superb 10-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils and keep their IPL play-off hopes alive on Sunday.
SRH got 66 runs in the Powerplay, with Dhawan finishing the six overs off with a boundary through square-leg, but from there the DD fightback began. Led by Gautam Gambhir, KKR holds first position in IPL 2017 points table. Hyderabad once again failed to break the jinx of losing away matches. The southpaw is now leading the orange cap race with 376 runs from 9 matches with 4 fifties the team is having on its kitty at a strike rate of 137.
KKR's Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa are in inspiring players with whom Kolkata is expecting something. Daredevils, similarly, have relied heavily on pairs: Pat Cummins and Chris Morris have accounted for 48.8% of the team's wickets, while the combinations of Morris and Mishra, and Zaheer Khan and Morris have each contributed to 44.2% of Daredevils' wickets.
Warner powered his way to 126 off just 59 balls, laced with 10 fours and eight sixes, to help the defending champions post a massive 209/3 in their Indian Premier League clash against the two-time champions. Now came Sunil Narine. The ace-spinner has a strike rate of 178 and no doubt he is having worth to prove himself.
Gautam Gambhir's KKR will be a hard nut to crack for SRH. I always support the way the guys go out there and give 100 percent and execute their skills. "Bowler's couldn't have done much, but credit goes to him for the shots he played".
The situation in the Sunrisers' camp is exactly opposite, as their captain David Warner is leading from the front. Against a strong Kolkata Knight Riders bowling line-up, both batsmen executed their roles flawlessly.
"When we play global cricket there's boundaries that we try not to cross but when we come together in the IPL ... once we step onto the field it's the competitive edge (but) we respect each individual".
When these two teams met earlier this season, Kane Williamson sparkled with the bat scoring a stroke-filled 51-ball 89 in his first knock of the season. SRH's bowling is incredible. "It is good thing to have an experienced bowler in Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar)".
"I tried to make them bowl faster into the wicket".
Yuvraj Singh was at his very best especially in the end overs to guide his team to formidable total at the end of 20 overs.