Russel and Rana give KKR a win over SRH
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 6 wickets in their first match of the Indian Premier League at Kolkata.
Having won the toss and elected to field first, Kolkata didn’t start well with ball. Sunrisers openers David Warner and Johnny Bairstow added 118 runs for the first wicket before Bairstow was bowled by Piyush Chawala. Warner scored 85 runs off 53 balls which included 9 fours and 3 sixes while Bairstow made 39 runs. Vijay Shankar smashed 24 ball 40 with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Andre Russel picked up 2 wickets for KKR.
Kolkata in reply lost Chris Lynn early but Nitish Rana (68) and Robin Uthappa (35) brought them back in the game. But the match winning knock came from the bat of Andre Russel. Russel blasted 49 runs from just 19 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes.
Kolkata Knight Riders 183 for 4 (Rana 68, Russel 49*, Rashid 1-26)
Sunrisers Hyderabad 181 for 3 (Warner 85, Vijay 40*, Russell 2-32)
by 6 wickets