SRH vs KKR: Two teams from the bottom half of the points table collided on Thursday in the 47th game of the season. It was the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. After dominating most of the game, SRH fell short in the final phase of the game. As a result, KKR pulled off an unbelievable victory by five runs in the end. The KKR spinners clinched an important victory for their team.

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After batting first, the two-time champion lost a few early wickets in the power play. They were 35-3 in 4.4 overs. Skipper Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh added a vital fourth-wicket partnership of 61 runs. Rana made 42 off 31, while Rinku scored a 35-ball 46. As a result, the two-time champion reached a challenging total of 171/9 in the first inning. Marco Jansen and T. Natarajan picked up two wickets each for the home team.

SRH vs KKR: “We keep losing wickets in the power-play” – SRH head coach Brain Lara

SRH vs KKR: "KKR Didn’t Beat Us, We Lost the Match"- Brain Lara Slams SRH Batters for Home Defeat vs KKR
SRH vs KKR: “KKR Didn’t Beat Us, We Lost the Match”- Brain Lara Slams SRH Batters for Home Defeat vs KKR

Chasing the target, the Sunrisers also struggled to get going. The hosts lost four wickets for just 54 runs in 6.2 overs. Abhishek Sharma (9), Mayank Agarwal (18), Rahul Tripathi (20), and Harry Brook (0) all got out cheaply. However, Heinrich Klaasen and skipper Aiden Markram (41 off 40) kept SRH in the chase. In fact, both batters put their team in the driving seat with a 70-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

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Klaasen got out after scoring 36 off 20. As soon as the partnership was broken, SRH kept losing wickets. At one stage, they needed 38 from the last five overs. In the end, SRH reached 166/8 and lost the game. After the match, SRH head coach Brain Lara praised the KKR spinners and highlighted the reason for the loss. Lara said,

“We keep losing wickets in the powerplay, and that always sets you back. I believe we have to place a little bit more importance on partnerships. I believe we had a game to win and they didn’t beat us, we lost the game. We got ourselves right back in the game but then again we lost a couple more wickets at a very crucial stage of the match.”

He also praised Sunil Narine (0/18) and Varun Chakravarthy (1/20), who bowled tight spells at the end, which turned the game. Lara also spoke on the struggles of English star Harry Brook, who has scored two consecutive ducks now. He said that Harry will have to work out what is wrong now.

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