Kolkata Knight Riders kept their hopes of reaching the playoffs alive by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets in the 49th match of IPL 2021 on Sunday. Kolkata, bowling first, restricted Hyderabad to only 115 runs for 8 wickets and then chased down the target for the loss of 4 wickets with two balls to spare. For Kolkata, Shubman Gill was the hero of this victory, who played a half-century innings to give a spectacular victory to the team. He scored 57 runs in 51 balls with the help of 10 fours. After this victory, Kolkata has 12 points from 13 matches and the team is at number four. This is Kolkata’s sixth win. In this way, KKR have strengthened their claim for the playoffs. Kolkata will now have to win the remaining one match at any cost. Captain Morgan also expressed hope after the match that the team can qualify for the playoffs.
“After missing out on a place in the playoffs last year, we knew our team was playing good cricket and now I believe the team can qualify for the playoffs,” Morgan said after the match. We are focused on playing good cricket. We have played really good cricket. The wicket is a different thing, but you need to adapt to the conditions. We need to bowl well and field well. We have made significant improvements in all these areas. Gill was in very good shape today. Shakib’s comeback was also very good.
Kolkata got off to a slow start chasing the target of 116 runs from Hyderabad. The team then lost its two wickets for 38 runs in seven overs. However, after this, Gill and Rana shared 55 runs in 59 balls for the third wicket to lead the team to victory. Rana hit three fours in 33 balls. After Gill and Rana were dismissed, Karthik and captain Morgan gave the team a six-wicket victory with two balls to spare. Jason Holder took two wickets for Hyderabad and Rashid Khan and Siddharth Kaul took one wicket each. Gill got the man of the match award.