IPL 2018: Kane Williamson's Fifty Helps SRH Beat KKR by Five Wickets


R Vinay Kumar's run leak may have been a concern for the Kolkata Knight Riders but skipper Dinesh Karthik is confident that he has enough ammunition in his armoury in terms of fast bowling talent as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the next IPL encounter, in Kolkata on Saturday. Thanks to their win over Mumbai Indians, SRH are on top of the table with four points, while KKR are in the fourth position with two points. Sunrisers won both the games they played against RR and MI. He returned with the bat to slam a 21-ball 27 in the company of a sturdy Kane Williamson and helped Sunrisers move to a comfortable win. Wriddhiman Saha was the first one to be dismissed and then Shikhar Dhawan too lost his wicket.

Things looked a bit worrying for Sunrisers after Kuldeep Yadav trapped Manish Pandey in front of the wickets.

Williamson and Shakib eased the nerves - Williamson notching his 18th T20 fifty from 43 balls and Shakib passing 4,000 runs in the format - and even though they fell towards the death, Yusuf Pathan (17no of 7) pulled Russell over deep square for the match-winning six with an over to spare.

Shakib's stay was cut short and so was Williamson's, after he reached his half-century.

You can watch video highlights of KKR vs SRH here.

After losing to Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in the first two games, England opener Jason Roy led Delhi's charge with an unbeaten 53-ball 91 and he was ably supported by Rishabh Pant, who smashed a 25-ball 47.

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. Despite that, KKR managed only 49 runs in the Power Play overs - their lowest in this edition of IPL.

The hosts, after being asked to bat, reverted to the tried and tested opening pair of Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn, not risking Narine before Bhuvneshwar, who returned in place of Sandeep Sharma. The former has taken two wickets in each match while maintaining a low economy, while the latter has gone through his overs in miserly fashion as well.