Shreyas Iyer-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won by 54 runs against Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 61st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday, May 14.
Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batters did a very good job and they were able to score 177/6. Andre Russell top-scored for his side by smashing 49* runs off 28 balls, including 3 fours and 4 sixes.
Chasing the target, Kane Williamson and Rahul Tripathi failed miserably but young Abhishek Sharma once again batted brilliantly. Other SRH batters also failed against the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling unit and they were able to score 123/8.
It was really important to win the toss – Shreyas Iyer
During the post-match presentation ceremony, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer lauded his team for playing fearless cricket and mentioned it was important to win the toss. He asserted:
“The mindset we came up in this game, it was outstanding. All the boys did the right things, played fearless cricket. It was really important to win the toss. The teams batting first have won a lot of matches. Everything panned out really well. We were going over-by-over.”
Shreyas Iyer added that they knew Washington Sundar had one over left and targeted him in the 20th over. He asserted:
“The plan was to give Russell the strike as much as possible. We knew Washi had one over left, that was the over we were going to target. It worked out pretty well, hope it works out well in the final game as well. It was an over-par total.”
KKR captain Shreyas Iyer further lauded mystery spinners Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy for their brilliant performances. He elaborated:
“Sunil and Varun stepped-up, they bowled smart and got crucial wickets. We never allowed them to get under our skins, kudos to that. We have nothing to losing now. We haven’t played our A-game yet, that’s what I spoke today.”
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