Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram both shined in Hyderabad’s third consecutive victory.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s comfortable seven-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL match here on Friday was built on Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram’s effortless batting display, as well as the pacers’ magnificent performance.
T Natarajan (3/37), Umran Malik (2/27), Marco Jansen (1/26), and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/37) led the SRH pace unit to a 175-run victory over KKR.
Tripathi (71 off 37 balls) and Aiden Markram (68 not out of 36 balls) then delivered ferocious knocks to propel SRH to their third consecutive victory with 13 balls to spare. Nitish Rana led the way for KKR with 54 points, while Andre Russell finished unbeaten with 49.
SRH have now won three of their last five games, while KKR has lost three of their last six.
With the green track not assisting spinners, the Sunrisers’ Tripathi ran over the KKR’s spin-heavy bowling unit.
In the eighth over, against his previous franchise, Tripathi smashed Varun Chakravarthy for a four, followed by two back-to-back sixes, totaling 18 runs. This season, he hit his first fifty off just 21 balls.
Tripathy found an able ally in Markram, who smashed six fours and four sixes, and when the former was out, he took it upon himself to get his side over the finish line.
After deciding to the field, South African Jansen made excellent use of the bounce and swing on offer, sending Aaron Finch (7) back to the pavilion in the second over. Natarajan then bowled a spectacular fifth over, picking up two wickets.
At that point, Natarajan bowled a brilliant length ball, pitching just outside off, to dismiss Venkatesh Iyer (6), who had appeared unsettled throughout his stay, with the flamboyant Sunil Narine (6) following his teammate a couple of balls later as KKR dropped to 31 for 3.
Kane Williamson used to spin, but left-armer Jagadeesha Suchith (1/32) appeared rusty and struggled with his line.
Young Malik then delivered a double blow, dismissing Shreyas Iyer (28) and Sheldon Jackson in the 10th over (7).
Noticing Iyer shuffling across the pitch, the 22-year-old unleashed a scorching 148.8kmph yorker in the blockhole to end the Knight Riders captain’s innings.
Rana, on the other hand, kept the scoreboard ticking over with singles and boundaries in his 36-ball outing.
Rana knocked down six fours and two maximums. He had scored 39 runs with both skippers Iyer and Russell.
However, Natarajan cut short his stay in the middle in the 18th over, as SRH broke the potentially dangerous partnership.
Russell’s 25-ball innings featured four boundaries and six sixes, including two in the final over. The West Indian batsman assisted KKR in scoring 55 runs in the final five overs.