What was supposed to be an exciting display of Cricket became a one sided affair for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as they cling on to their third victory of the season and retain their position as league leaders on the Indian Premier League 2018 points table. It was a team effort from the start, with Hyderabad bowlers taking wickets at regular intervals leaving the Kolkatan side clueless.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar once again shone for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as he took three wickets in 4 overs giving away 26 runs with an economy rate of 6.50, following his footsteps were Billy Stanlake and Shakib Al Hasan who also bagged two wickets each, toppling the entire batting line up of the home team. Kolkata Knight Riders started off well as Chris Lynn established his team’s foundation witha whopping 49 runs off 34 balls with a fiery strike rate of 144.11 but Robin Uthappa couldn’t hold it off from the other side and went back to the pavilion in the third over as Bhubaneshwar Kumar strikes for the first time. Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine gave hope to the crowded Eden Gardens as they came to bat. The rain stopped the game and after that all things went downhill for Kolkata Knight Riders. Skipper Dinesh Karthik came into the show when his team was already down by 4 wickets and presented the supporters with a stable innings of 29 runs off 27 balls.
Kolkata Knight Riders ended their innings at 138 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets.
Sunrisers Hyderabad came to chase a score of 138 runs with Bengal lad Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan opening the innings. Dhawan was a temporary guest on the pitch and was gone after scoring 7 runs off 7 balls. However, Saha played a beautiful innings of 24 runs comprising of five 4s in just 15 balls ensuring his former team doesn’t get the edge on them. After the fall of the first wicket the Kiwi Williamson came to bat and displayed a matured innings as his team lost the first three wickets in just 55 runs. His half century comprises four 4s and one 6′ gave a partnership of 59 runs to the visitors which saw them through the finishing line.