IPL 2018: Kane Williamson's Fifty Helps SRH Beat KKR by Five Wickets

They tasted success in their sixth try against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens by sealing a five-wicket victory in a game that ended at 12.25 am on Sunday, thanks to a 58-minute stoppage due to rain interruption.

Chasing 139 for victory, the Sunrisers rode on captain Kane Williamson's 50 and Shakib Al Hasan's 27 to get close to te the target, but it was Yusuf Psathan who struck a six to win the game for his team with with one over to spare. Billy Stanlake took two wickets- Nitish Rana (18 runs off 16 balls) and Andre Russell (9 runs off 5 balls) and Shaqib took the wicket of Chris Lynn (49 runs off 34 balls) and Sunil Narine (9 runs off 10 balls). Bowling first in the rain afflicted match, the Hyderabad outfit displayed exceptional efforts in the field to restrict KKR's start to a paltry 138 in 20 overs. Should they be asked to bat first at Kolkata, it would completely change the equation they are used to.

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik was not happy with his batsman.

KKR, who invested heavily in bagging the services of the 19-year-old in this year's mega auction by shelling out INR 3.2 crore, become even thinner with their bowling resources.

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.

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Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has simply been a class act with the ball while Siddharth Kaul has been a revelation in the pace department.

Rana hit Stanlake firmly just wide of Pandey, who showed unbelievable reaction to grab it on the second attempt and give SRH the breakthrough in four balls after play resumed.

An integral part of KKR's twin-IPL winning campaigns, Shakib became the thorn against his former team and young Australian pacer Stanlake gave him a fine support. He failed to attack in the second innings as well and let Sunrisers run away with the game.

Less than 48 hours later, they will be playing at Eden Gardens in Kolkata as the matches keep coming thick and fast in the IPL.

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