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SRH and KKR lock together in tonight’s IPL encounter; Pandya architects GT’s win

By wasmulhaq 
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Gujarat Titans (GT) reached the top of the points table after thrashing Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs. Skipper Hardik Pandya led from the front and played a defiant knock of 87 runs in just 52 balls. His hurricane innings helped the franchise amass a huge total of 192 runs.

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Except for Jos Buttler, the Rajasthan Royals surrendered meekly. The other batters also laid down their arms without a fight. With this victory, GT now has four victories in its kitty out of five matches that stand at the top of the table.

SRH takes on KKR

Another mouth-watering encounter is awaited tonight between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Both teams look well balanced, so a thrilling match is on the cards.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, despite losing the first two matches, came back enormously in the next two matches and won both of them by an identical margin of eight wickets. KKR’s have been playing decent cricket, winning three out of five matches, and they stand at the second spot on the points table.

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SRH performed splendidly in its last match, beating GT by 8 wickets. Abhishek Sharma and skipper Kane Williamson batted superbly and scored a handful of runs to cross the line with ease.

However, Kolkata Knight Riders failed to raise their game in their previous encounter, going down to Delhi Capitals by 44 runs. KKR needs a much better show in tonight’s fixture against a confident SRH.

Cummins fails to impress with bowl

Bowling is an issue to be solved for KKR. So far, Pat Cummins is looking off colour with the ball and leaking a plethora of runs despite being impressed with the bat. Varun Chakravarthy seems to have lost the art of swing and doesn’t look effective. The pressure comes on the shoulders of two veterans, Umesh Yadav and Sunil Narine.

The dismal show by Nitish Rana and Ajinkya Rahane with the bat put an extra load on the other batsmen. In today’s match, SRH’s spin department is weak, so KKR batters have a chance to come out of the cocoon.

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SRH, a confident side

The mood in the SRH camp is upbeat after outplaying its opponents in the previous two matches. Kane Williamson has been marshalling his troops admirably. He himself played a fine knock in the previous match.

The captain himself, Abhishek Sharma, and others have the ability to keep the opposition bowlers at bay. Umran Malik has been bowling at a tremendous pace and he is the triumph card for his team. Marco Jansen, T Natarajan, and others are backing up the main bowler superbly. The lack of quality spin is the loophole of SRH.

Sunrisers Hyderabad haven’t been able to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous fixtures since the 2020 IPL.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has grabbed 28 wickets against KKRthe most wickets he has taken against any franchise.

The surface of the Brabourne Stadium assists both bowlers and batters equally. The short boundaries will really help the batsmen to go for the shorts and a high-scoring match is expected. It is going to be a cliffhanger tonight between SRH and KKR. Be ready for another absorbing match.

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Wasim Haque

 

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