IPL Match 8: KKR defeated SRH by 7 wickets in a low scoring contest
KKR comfortably chased the mediocre target set by SRH comfortably.
The first match's top scorer for SRH -J Bairstow lost his wicket early in the inning's. Captain D Warner and M Pandey got involved in a slow-paced partnership of 34 runs before Warner lost his wicket. W Saha was picked in the side to stabilize the middle-order which he did but he couldn't accelerate when it required. For KKR, P Cummins and V Chakravarthy were the pick of the bowlers.
In the second innings, KKR too lost an early wicket of S Narine, although in their case N Rane played a quickfire 26 runs at an SR of 200 which allowed S Gill to settle in. Later on, E Morgan joined the young KKR opener and both the players remained not out till the end.
Top Performers of the Match
S Gill (KKR): 70*(62)
M Pandey (SRH): 51(38)
E Morgan (KKR): 42(29)
P Cummins (KKR): 19/1
V Chakravarthy (KKR): 25/1
R Khan (SRH): 25/1
Player of the Match
The young superstar- S Gill won the Man of the match for his sheet-anchor innings of 70 not out.
The middle and lower middle-order of SRH lacks firepower, either Warner or Bairstow should bat in the middle order and promote M Pandey or W Saha to open the innings.
D Karthik: KKR had an overall nice game but their batting superstar A Russell hasn't spent much time on the crease, I believe they should promote him to bat a little higher up in the order to get him going, doing that would instill confidence in him.
Overall, a solid performance by KKR took them over the line. D Warner has to get going if SRH wants to make an impact in this IPL.