Quick Stats: M14 - KKR vs SRH

Umesh Yadav returned with figures of four for 33 - the first four-wicket haul in VIVO IPL 2017, while Narine was the most economical bowler for KKR, returning figures of 4-0-19-1.

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"At no point were we out of the game and they (SRH) never had the upper hand. Credit to them. They played really well", Maxwell said.

KKR has always been a strong side right from the first season. He is the man who is leading KKR from the front.

"The way Chris Lynn was batting and he was not there with us so we needed a batsman like him (Narine)". It was a completely flavorless bowling performance by the visiting team.

Robin Uthappa (26 from 16 balls) struck a few off the meat of the bat, before he attempted a cheeky ramp shot but lost his stumps to Axar Patel.

Defending 173 on a lively Eden track, KKR spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav (1/23), Sunil Narine (1/18) and Yusuf Pathan (1/2) gave vital breakthroughs to dent the chase of the Sunrisers and hand the team its second successive win at home. Seemingly the result of the match could be decided on the fact as to who wins the battle- The explosive KKR batsmen or the bowlers of DD. This is a good attack backed by some aggressive captaincy.

"Most players who play at the worldwide level for a certain period of time, they get a lot of confidence like Umesh got while playing for India", Katich said of Umesh who played 13 of the 14 Tests at home taking 17 wickets in eight innings in the four-match India-Australia series.

"A lot of them underestimate Sunil's batting prowess", Gambhir told iplt20.com. DD would also not want to tinker much with their batting-unit, with a century coming from Sanju Samson, and Sam Billings getting a fifty in the previous game. Dhawan also seemed to found some touch this season.

As long as they keep their wickets intact, with the power in the middle order, they should be fine, with Billings and Karun putting on a nice partnership.

Captain Warner (76, 45b; 6x4, 4x6) and compatriot Moises Henriques (52, 39b; 6x4, 0x6) made short work of Lions' modest 135 in their next game onwat to a nine-wicket triumph. Added to that are their skills of bowling in the death overs.

In between the opportunities, Uthappa did exceptionally well to nullify the Rashid Khan threat. Bhuvaneswar picked up three for 20 to retain the purple cap.

But the reversal has been more of an aberration as SRH showed their class in their victory marchA over Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions in thr first two matches. Of course, we would appreciate your support in making these calls. One change which the think tank might contemplate for today's match is replaced Kiwis all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme with Bangladesh's superstar Shakib Al Hasan.

  • Julie Sanders