SRH pin hopes on strong bat­ting in re­turn clash

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD - Press Trust of India

A keen con­test is on the cards when the ram­pag­ing Kolkata Knight Rid­ers clash with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad. Lead­ing the points ta­ble with 14 points from nine matches (with just two losses), KKR have been in sub­lime form in the on­go­ing edi­tion of IPL.

Sun­ris­ers, on the other hand, are cur­rently on the third spot with 11 points from nine matches. The fact that some of the records in the on­go­ing IPL are held by KKR play­ers re­flect the red-hot form of the team. KKR cap­tain Gau­tam Gambhir holds the Or­ange Cap in bat­ting, Su­nil Narine, who is now a de­pend­able opener for KKR, is at the top in the race for ‘Most Valu­able Player’ and Robin Uthappa has hit the ‘Most Sixes’.

KKR handed a crush­ing de­feat on Delhi Dare­dev­ils yesterday by

win­ning the

match by seven wick­ets with 22 balls to spare. Dis­play­ing some ex­em­plary team work, KKR’S Nathan Coulter-nile scalped three wick­ets to break the back o Delhi while Gambhir and Uthappa fol­lowed it up in the run chase by slam­ming half-centu ries to seal the match in their favour.

AVENG­ING DE­FEAT

KKR would look to con­tinue their win­ning streak to­mor­row at the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional sta dium, but Sun­ris­ers would like to avenge their de­feat in their pre­vi­ous meet­ing in Kolkata on April 15. SRH bats­men had failed to click in their chase o 173-run tar­get in that match. They could only score 155 runs in 20 overs to lose the match by 17 runs.

How­ever, SRH have shown much im­prove­ment since then with cap­tain David Warner, opener Shikhar Dhawan and the ex­pe­ri­enced Kane Wil­liamson hav­ing been in de­struc­tive form. Warner’s 51 Dhawan’s 77 in 48 balls and 54 no out by Wil­liamson pow­ered SRH to 207/3 in their match agains Kings XI Pun­jab last night a Mo­hali. SRH even­tu­ally won the match by 26 runs.

AP

Gau­tam Gambhir.

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