Kolkata Knight Riders kept their hopes alive of reaching the playoffs 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. Apart from them, Nitish Rana scored 25, Dinesh Karthik scored 18 not out and captain Eoin Morgan scored 2 not out. With this, Karthik has completed his 4000 runs in IPL.
Kolkata got off to a slow start chasing the easy 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. Bhuneshwar Kumar, who played his 100th match for Hyderabad, did not get a single success.
Earlier, Kolkata bowled straight and restricted Hyderabad to just 116 for eight. Captain Kane Williamson scored the highest 26 runs for Hyderabad. Apart from them, Abdul Samad scored 25 and Priyam Garg scored 21 runs. At the same time, Jason Roy contributed 10 runs. The rest of the batsmen could not even reach double digits. Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy took two successes each for Kolkata. Apart from him, Shakib Al Hasan, playing his first match in the second leg, got a wicket.
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. This match of the team will be against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah. The Hyderabad team is already out of the race for the playoffs. The team has suffered 10th defeat in 12 matches and is at the bottom of the table at number eight with four points.