Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had started their bid to claim the Indian Premier League (IPL), that they surrendered last season to the Mumbai Indians, in fine style against the Delhi Daredevils, crushing them by 9-wickets with nearly six overs of their allotted 20 still remaining.
However, they were brought down to earth by the reigning Champions Mumbai, who have shared the IPLT title in each of the last four seasons with KKR, who beat them at Eden Gardens in their second fixture of the 2016 campaign.
On Saturday, KKR will play their first away game of the season when they travel to take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Against the Indians, KKR’s batsmen had overcome the early loss of Robin Uthappa to post a challenging 187-5, with Gautam Gambhir, and Manish Pandey contributing half centuries, while Andre Russell smashed 36 off of 17 balls, which included four sixes.
However, Russell and Brad Hogg, who had been so effective against Delhi on the same ground, managed just one wicket between them, and indeed Russell’s four overs went for 52 runs, and Mumbai were always up with the run rate, never allowing KKR’s bowlers to put them under pressure. Rohit Sharma’s classy unbeaten 84 and Jos Buttler’s brutal 41 from 22 balls saw the Champions home by 6-wickets with five deliveries left.
The Sunrisers have only played one match to date, when they fell foul of the immensely powerful Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batting line up. Although they dismissed Chris Gayle for just a single, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson cleared the ropes 12 times between them, and Sarfaraz Khan struck 35 off of just 10 balls, as RCB posted 227-4.
Although the Sunrisers managed to score 182-6, they were never in the hunt to chase down such an imposing target, and only David Warner with 58 from 25 balls was able to match the hitting power of the hosts.