Having bowled just one over in three matches before this game, it was a killer move by Gautam Gambhir to get the part-time spinner to bowl the seventh over of the SRH innings and Yusuf struck off the fourth ball to send back an in-form looking Shikhar Dhawan for 23. "It's an important wicket and we need someone who is experienced and can handle that pressure to make sure that you don't lose another wicket immediately", Uthappa, who usually opens the batting for the men in purple, told reporters at the end of the match.
Who won the match? But what surprised one and all was the way he batted.
Gambhir praised the effort of the spinners and for being the difference on the day. The ICC rule book says the third umpire can overrule the on-field decision where he "shall first check the fairness of the delivery and whether the batsman has hit the ball".
Sunil Narine, promoted as the new opener in absence of Chris Lynn to do some pinch hitting during the power-play, was the first victim of Bhuvneswar's classy bowling.
The sight of a problem for KKR comes with below par performance of their speedster Trend Boult.
Like in all the previous games, Rashid picked a wicket this time too off the first over as he this time dismissed Gambhir (15).
However, the biggest cause of worry for captain Gambhir and Coach Jacques Kallis is their sloppy fielding. After beginning with two consecutive victories, Hyderabad suddenly find themselves in the losers' seat after going down to Mumbai Indians.
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It's high time the team gets rid of the uncalled misery. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he consumed nine balls for only six runs. The hosts began their campaign on a winning note, chasing down the target with eight wickets in hand.
SRH looks a pretty well-oiled unit and growing in stature with every match. Though the team looks stronger than Kolkata with match winners till the tailenders, the side lacks the team spirit and it finished at the bottom in the last season of the IPL.
Yuvraj Singh and Warner were the joint-top scorers on just 26, with Chris Woakes taking 2-49. But at the start of the 11th over, he produced his best stroke.
KXIP lost five wickets while adding 15 runs in the final 2.4 overs to eventually finish at 170 for nine.
Sunrisers are likely to keep Mustafizur Rahman and Rashid Khan in the XI for today's game while Moises Henriques may miss out. The Knight Riders won't be complaining, though.
KKR is most likely to start with the same playing XI that played against Punjab.
As the game starts early at 1600 hours, toss will not be a very crucial - no due during day-time - to effect the pitch conditions. "I have never seen him as vocal in training when he found out he batting at the top of the order so.his nickname is "the all-rounder" now and hopefully that continues".
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