Sunrisers err, Kolkata cash in
On Sunday, Sunrisers’ Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma got off to an error-filled start. While Shubhman Gill struggled early to bat at T20 pace, Rana made full use of the width provided by both the new-ball bowlers. By the time Gill was out despite seemingly having picked a Rashid Khan wrong'un, Kolkata still had 53 in seven overs.
Prasidh Krishna dents the chase
Harbhajan Singh, playing his first IPL match since the 2019 final, almost had Warner the first ball he bowled to him but Cummins dropped him at point. However, in the next over, Prasidh Krishna produced a beauty angling across Warner, getting the edge through to Karthik. With the left-hand batsman gone, the Knight Riders switched immediately to the left-arm spin of Shakib al Hasan with immediate results, getting rid of Wriddhiman Saha first ball of the third over. The Sunrisers were ten for two in the third over.
Bairstow keeps hopes alive
With Pandey playing more of an anchor role in the chase, it was down to Bairstow to prevent being choked out by the Knight Riders' spinners; Harbhajan, Shakib and Varun Chakravarthy. He brought up his 50 in 32 balls, taking the Sunrisers to 100 for two at the end of the 12th over.
Pandey was 34 off 27 at the other end.
Cummins starts the final slide
Morgan went to his strike bowler Cummins in the 13th, and Bairstow hit the short and wide ball straight to the man at backward point. The squeeze was on after that, and in Cummins, Chakravarthy, Shakib and Krishna, Kolkata had too much quality at the end for a suspect Sunrisers middle order.