Phew. What a match. Unbelievable scenes at Eden. At the end of the 16th over in the first innings, Kolkata seemed down and out, with Hyderabad ready to touch 200. They pulled it back. At the end of the 16th over in the second innings, Kolkata seemed down and out again, needing 59 from the final 4 overs.
Hyderabad will be bitterly disappointed. They had the match in their grasp but let it slip towards the end very badly. The 18th over went for 19 by Kaul. The 19th went for 21 by Bhuvi. And Hyderabad could not recover at all. It was all Andre Russell magic, as he clobbered a 19-ball 49, staying unbeaten, with 4 fours and 4 sixes. Rana and Uthappa played their part, not letting the wickets fall and the match slip too much. However, had Hyderabad hung on to that chance of Uthappa, they might have come out trumps.
Once Kolkata was seen to be out of the match. Nitish Rana (68 off 47 balls) was dismissed by making a half-century. The last 18 balls required 53 runs to win. This Caribbean player, playing 9 runs in 7 balls, changed the gear and brought a storm on the field with his bat that the fort of Hyderabad collapsed.
He hit 4 fours and 4 sixes in the 19-ball innings and made the match in favor of Kolkata. Young batsman Shubhaman Gill (18*) played well with the winning six and gave Kolkata the first win of the Indian T20 league 2019. There was a winning partnership of 65 runs for the fourth wicket between the two.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul