Kane Williamson Guides Sunrisers Hyderabad to Third Consecutive win

Sunrisers Hyderabad yet again used their bowling firepower to overpower a weak Kolkata Knight Riders outfit hit by injury, poor planning and unimaginative captaincy.

A Kane Willamson half-century and an excellent performance in the field helped Sunrisers Hyderabad maintain their ideal Indian Premier League record with a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders. The SRH bowlers, backed by some superb fielding, responded well to skipper Kane Wiliamson's decision to put the rivals in to bat first on winning the toss as they restricted them to 138 for eight.

Shakib fell after a 21-ball 27 with two fours and six, bowled off the bowling of Piyush Chawla with the Hyderabad score on 114. "There wasn't a lot of turn, and Kolkata are a strong team but it was nice to go over the line in this city", he added. They scored 200 in the last match but failed to defend it, and they will need a similar score to defend on the belter of a wicket that the Eden Gardens has become.

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Against his former franchise, Pandey couldn't quite get going as he grappled around for 11 balls before completely playing around a Kuldeep delivery to be dismissed leg before wicket.

All-rounder Shakib kept the squeeze on, ending the promoted Sunil Narine's short and scratchy innings, and claiming the big wicket of Lynn with a superb one-handed grab off his own bowling. Counting on the positives, Karthik said: "I think the spinners bowled beautifully".

Bhuvneshwar's breakthrough and a tidy two-run over by Stanlake had KKR struggling for 23/1 in four overs before Lynn and Rana seized the momentum in two overs off Siddharth Kaul and Rashid Khan who leaked 14 and 12 overs respectively in their first overs. Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav managed to hold SRH batsmen, but found no support. We made a decision to start off the season, we won't be sending Sunil to open throughout. We sent Narine in because they were using a left-arm spinner that time. Chris Lynn looked good for his 34-ball 49 but was taken out by Shakib, and Karthik's 29 towards the end of the innings was the only other significant contribution with the bat. This was SRH's first triumph at the Eden in five attempts and their third straight victory this season.

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