In the 25th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium on Friday.
Chasing 176, the Sunrisers lost both openers – Abhishek Sharma (3) and Kane Williamson (17) – early inside the powerplay. Before the Knight Riders could capitalise further, Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram led SRH’s comeback in the game.
The duo formed a dominating stand of 94 runs for the third wicket to take the momentum away from the Knight Riders. Tripathi was looking well set to cruise through, but Andre Russell dismissed him to give some relief to KKR.
However, it wasn’t enough as Markram stayed unbeaten at 68 off 36 to take Sunrisers over the line with seven wickets in hand.
Earlier, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell powered the Knight Riders to a competitive total after a shaky start. Rana roared back into form and smashed a tremendous half-century. He made 54 from 36 deliveries with the help of 6 fours and a couple of sixes.
Similarly, Russell provided the finishing touch with a blistering unbeaten knock of 49 runs off 25 balls. The Caribbean all-rounder slammed eight boundaries, including 4 sixes, to help KKR post 175/8 in their allotted 20 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 15, 2022
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 15, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 15, 2022
Sunrises raising their game with 3 wins in 3 games. They need one good spinner and this team will looking Even more solid.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 15, 2022
Tripathi will rightly get the praise. But also remember how #SRH used the movement to their advantage in the PP.
They had KKR down at 38/3.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) April 15, 2022
🔥 3 IN 3! Thanks to Tripathi and Markram's dominance, Hyderabad pick up a breezy win over Kolkata ⚡
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) April 15, 2022
First win for SRH against KKR after 3 long years in IPL.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 15, 2022
A hat-trick of wins! 👏 👏
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2022
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 15, 2022
Aiden Markram smashes his way to 68* off just 36 with 6 fours & 4 sixes as SRH win by 7 wickets#KKRvsSRH
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) April 15, 2022