After doing his calculations, the astrologer predicts that Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad will be the victor in today's game. Deepak Hooda was the other not-out batsman. Not for once did he seem fazed when three quick wickets looked to derail the Sunrisers' run chase.
Bhunvneshwar Kumar (3-26) was the pick of an impressive bowling unit on his return from injury, though Shakib and towering Australia seamer Billy Stanlake, who found real pace and carry, also impressed with figures of 2-21. Sunil Narine, after removing local man Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan early in his spell, was beginning to look unsafe along with Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up the wicket of his former Knight Riders teammate Manish Pandey.
However, Pandey's screamer of a catch to oust Rana came in the first over upon the resumption and when Williamson pouched Sunil Narine (9) - who batted at No 4 instead of his usual opening berth - running back from midwicket, KKR began to slide.
But Williamson's serenity and composure rose above everything else. However, the leg-spinner would want to work on his economy a touch, particularly since restricting the run-scoring is one of Rashid's most raved about qualities with the ball.
Shakib's stay was cut short and so was Williamson's, after he reached his half-century. Squaring off against Kolkata Knight Riders away from home, SRH performed comprehensively to keep up their winning run thus bagging their third consecutive victory. Knight Riders will now have to rely on their greenhorns like Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti in place of Vinay. Robin Uthappa (3) got out to Bhuvneshwar Kumar caught behind. The master-blaster was clearly just warming up, unleashing his devastating power on the Sunrisers bowling attack. It is uncertain whether the purple cap holder from the last two editions will make it for this game, but Sandeep Sharma adequately covered for Kumar.
Rana hit Stanlake firmly just wide of Pandey, who showed wonderful reaction to grab it on the second attempt and give SRH the breakthrough in four balls after play resumed. Sunrisers won both the games they played against RR and MI.
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