Chasing a paltry target of 139, Sunrisers crossed the line in the 19th over without much drama. Add in Bangladesh ace Shakib Al Hasan and Aussie express pacer Billy Stanlake into mix and you have one of the most complete bowling units you will ever find. That was until they realised their three-pronged spin attack was virtually impossible to score off. "It's early days in the tournament so there's room for improvement", Karthik told reporters on the eve of their game against Kane Williamson-led SRH.
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Sunil Narine was the next to depart as he was dismissed by Shakib for 9.
"Batting at the position he did in this game can help him express himself. Those were two great catches", he said.
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It was at this point that Knight Riders made the mysterious punt of sending Narine at No. 4. Lynn's innings included seven fours and a six. In the Pakistan Super League. This threw the cat among the pigeons and suddenly, the runs were hard to come by. It had caused a telling change in the batting order.
He was the man to provide the anchor role as Sunrisers went back to the top of the table.
Shakib (27 off 21) was bowled off Chawla but Williamson kept his cool and brought up his fifty with a single off Narine. They will be facing another fearsome opponent in the form of Kolkatta Knight Riders. Not long after that he ran back from point to finish a breath-taking catch in the third man region close to the boundary to facilitate the departure of the risky Andre Russell for 9.
Hyderabad were truly on course to register their first victory at Eden Gardens after Shakib Al Hasan hit two fours and a six off an Andre Russell over. And they did it despite Rashid Khan going for 31 and taking no wickets.
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Kolkata's other spinners then came to the fore.
Knight Riders then discovered the magical effect of spin on this pitch. Sunil Narine accounted for both the batsmen in his consecutive overs. At 62 for 3 in ten overs, Sunrisers desperately needed boundaries. Hyderabad win the match off the last ball of the 19th over.
The left-arm spinner's arm ball stuck a bit on the pitch and the batsman ended up popping it wide to the left side of the bowler, which he grabbed it diving full length. Both the teams will try to win the toss and choose to bowl considering a good chasing record in Eden gardens.
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