Williamson: Largely the first half was reasonable without making more of a dent. It was a fair total and Russell got those big runs in the end. With the bat, we weren’t able to get the momentum to set the platform or get those partnerships. Strong performance by KKR and we’ve struggled to get that momentum in those last few games, which we need for the remaining games. We wanted to take wickets [so bowled Bhuvneshwar and Umran early and kept Washington for the last over], it was always going to be a tough over.
Washy has stepped up for last overs, using our resources early was something we had planned but it didn’t work out. We wanted a decent start and Abhishek is hitting the ball beautifully, there were glimpses and signs of setting a platform but it wasn’t to be and that was frustrating. [There are] Some consistencies to it (his own struggles), hit to the fielders, then try to hit big and walk back. It teaches you a lesson so some learnings for me there.
Southee: It was a great win. A big win is pleasing. I’ve been around long enough to know that chances come and go, overseas players have to sit on the sidelines, and you have to be ready when the chances come. It’s tough to replicate the match situation in the nets, but you try, and you back yourself in the field and use your experience. Back of a length was tough to hit and we stuck to that, the spinners did their job, and Narine was able to pull things back after his first two overs.
KKR win the toss and chose to bat first.
Williamson: We played on this surface just the other day. We wanted to bat first as well. Both Natarajan and Washington are both back in and Marco Jansen is back for Farooqi. As the pitches change, we need to keep adapting
Shreyas: If you see the teams that have batted first [here], have been able to defend the total. We were forced to make changes this time. Umesh Yadav comes in for Pat Cummins. Sam Billings comes in for Sheldon Jackson. We came back to the core team that we started with and want to continue with the same form.
Kolkata Knight Riders team: Venkatesh, Rahane, Nitish, Iyer (capt), Billings (wk), Rinku, Russell, Narine, Umesh, Southee, Varun
Sunrisers Hyderabad team: Abhishek, Williamson (capt), Tripathi, Markram, Pooran (wk), Shashank, Sundar, Jansen, Bhuvneshwar, Umran, Natarajan
Russell: When I went out there, batting wasn’t easy. 165-170 was very good and we got eight runs over. We have a good bowling attack and two good spinners. My mindset is very clear when I go out to bat, not thinking about situations. My job is to go after it from ball one, sometimes I hit the first ball in the nets for a six. When I saw 20 off 17 on the scoreboard, I thought, “that’s not me,” but you have to fight it out sometimes. Before the last ball of the 19th over I said: “Sunil, just try to get a boundary, let me take strike in the last over,” because of an offspinner bowling the last over. I got three full tosses and I did put them away. Always look to chip in with the ball and do something special in the field.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Highlights today, Saturday 14-5-2022. 61st Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
Shreyas Iyer: Our mindset we came within this game was outstanding, we were positive and it was really important to win this toss. Batting first in Pune teams have won a lot of matches. We were going over by over while batting, the plan was to give Russell as much strike as possible and we were praying that he plays the last over because Washington had an over left. It worked out pretty well.
177 against them was over par, the way Sunny [Narine] and Varun stepped up on a slow wicket, they were pretty smart and we never let them [Sunrisers] get under our skin. We don’t have anything to lose right now, we haven’t played our A game so far in the league. We really stepped up pretty well today. And also I want to clarify from the last interview when I took the CEO’s name [for team selections], I meant he’s there to console the players who are sitting out, it’s never easy for them.
Head to head
Total matches played: 22
KKR Won: 14
SRH Won: 8
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, KN Ananthapadmanabhan
TV Umpires – Michael Gough
Match Referee – Narayanan Kutty
Reserve Umpire – Saidharshan Kumar
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 61th Match