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Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

KKR aiming to halt SRH winning run

KKR aiming to halt SRH winning run

Williamson's 59-run stand with Shakib - who also took two wickets in KKR innings - for the fourth wicket eased the pressure on the Sunrisers as they reached 139 for 5 in 19 overs to notch up their third win on the trot. Unfortunately for the three-time champions, the nerves seem to be getting the better of them as they have ended up losing all the three matches in nearly similar fashion. With 11 needed in the final over, Englishman Roy hammered Mustifizur Rahman for four and a six, before playing out three dot balls. But as the first inning progressed it was raining runs from the top order batsmen of Mumbai Indians. Jason Roy finished off the job DD bowlers had started with the highest score of IPL 2018 thus far.

The left-arm spinner from Bangladesh took the two key wickets of Chris Lynn (49 off 34 balls; 7x4, 1x6) and Sunil Narine (9) to play a big role in restricting KKR to a small total. Captain Rohit Sharma dropped himself to No 4 and instead promoted Suryakumar Yadav to the opener's slot. Yadav, slotted in as opener, struck 53 off just 32 balls and his partner Evin Lewis finally joined the IPL party with a bellligerent 48 off just 28 balls. Whereas, Delhi never had a chance of holding the trophy and is gunning to win the coveted title under veteran opener Gautam Gambhir's guidance. "The comeback was incredible by the bowlers and hopefully we keep continuing doing the same things", said local lad Shreyas Iyer who scored a modest 20-ball 27 on the night but more importantly held fort at one end as Jason Roy (91*) steered the visitors to victory.

On opening the innings Yadav said it was decided yesterday. He smashed six boundaries and a whopping six sixes in his assault, ramping up his aggression once he passed a half-century and with the game on the line. "The comeback was superb by the bowlers", said Iyer who remained unbeaten on 27 with Roy till the end. The left-hander took a liking for leg-spinners Mayank Markande and Akila Dananjaya, sweeping and slogging them at will.

Tewatia then trapped Surya in front of the wicket as Mumbai lost two quick wickets.

Apart from Ishan, who played quick-fire cameo of 23-ball 44, and Rohit, no other Mumbai batter was able to survive for long and went back cheaply to finish at 194/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

About his own batting, Iyer said he has of late become choosy at the beginning. What was even more bothering was that KKR had posted a total of 202/6, which they failed to defend, all thanks to CSK batsmen Shane Watson, Sam Billings and MS Dhoni, who played brilliants knocks. Although it didn't fetch them too many runs upfront, it could've been one that would at some point click with both firing.

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