Kolkata Knight Riders have kept their slim playoffs alive by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 54 runs in Match 61 of IPL 2022 at MCA Stadium. They had posted 177/6 after opting to bat and then restricted SRH to 123/8, courtesy of an impressive bowling performance collectively, led by Andre Russell.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) extended their losing streak to five matches as they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 54 runs in Match 61 of IPL 2022 at MCA Stadium, Pune. The Shreyas Iyer-led franchise, after opting to bat, piled up 177/6. Coming to defend, the KKR bowling unit staged an excellent show, even in the absence of Pat Cummins, to restrict SRH to a mere 123/8. Andre Russell starred with the ball, taking three wickets for 16 runs. All five KKR bowlers took at least a wicket, with Tim Southee having two to his name. For SRH, only Abhishek Sharma (43 off 28 balls) and Aiden Markram (32 off 25 balls) tried, but received little support.
Earlier in the match, Russell top-scored for KKR as well with an unbeaten 28-ball 49 to take his side to a challenging total. He was ably asisted by Sam Billings (34 off 29 balls) after they were reduced to 94/5 in 11.3 overs. Ajinkya Rahane (28 off 24 balls) and Nitish Rana (26 off 16) got starts, but failed to convert them into something substantial. For SRH, Umran Malik impressed the most, returning 3-33 from his alotted four overs.