Sunrisers Hyderabad appear to be gaining momentum slowly but steadily in IPL 2022, after they defeated KKR by seven wickets for their third straight victory. Kane Williamson’s Orange Army won the toss and elected to bowl first at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. Due to KKR’s top-order failure, Nitish Rana took on all of the responsibilities in the middle and hammered 54 off 36 balls.
In the end, it came down to Andre Russell producing some beautiful smashes, as his 49* off 25 powered KKR to a difficult total of 175 runs. Marco Jansen denied the KKR batters runs while conceding at a remarkable 6.50, and his compatriot T. Natarajan picked up three wickets.
The game became all about two hitters, Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram, as soon as SRH started racing behind the target. While Tripathi hammered 71 off 37 deliveries to practically set the game for his side, Markram pushed his side over the line in the end with back-to-back sixes while compiling 68* off 36 deliveries. Andre Russell took two wickets for his team after making crucial contributions with the bat.
Here’s what the captains and the player of the match had to say at the end of the game.
The Losing Captain – Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Feel drained. I thought it was a good total. Rahul Tripathi didnt allow us to settle down. Credit to the pace with which they played. Their bowlers also didnt know where it was going. We put on a great batting effort. Was a bad day with the ball.
The Winning Captain – Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
It was a step up again. It was important to take early wickets with the ball against KKR. A little bit of dew came in which was helpful for us. The death bowling was great too. Rahul Tripathi was amazing and so was Aiden Markram, although in different roles. Marco, with his bounce and pace, was a big part of our attack with Bhuvneshwar, who swings the ball. It is just about getting the fields right for Malik. He touches 150ks on every ball and has been nicked off for fours. But he has been patient. There are many little things we can work on, and the guys are working on them. We’re seeing the improvement.
Player of the match – Rahul Tripathi (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
I enjoyed myself today. The time with KKR was special, and now it is special with SRH as well. Russell bangs it in short if you are new, and I was looking for that shot if the ball was there. Varun bowls well, I didn’t expect him to pitch it up and that’s why I went through with that lofted shot. It wasn’t premeditated. It’s been very special with KKR, and now with SRH too in the last few games. I have been struggling with my health over the last few days and the management did a very good job with me. There are days when things get tough, but I enjoy the hard work and the good days. Before going in to bat, I am a little fidgety, but I am happy that I got this innings today.
Aiden Markram (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
That feels good. It’s nice to bat. When Tripathi gets going, you have time to settle in and he really set a nice platform. It was good to get the win for the side. Him (Pooran) and I, we laugh about it, we’ve struggled a bit in the past so it’s nice to get it done. You get more used to it with time. By no means a finished product, certainly happy to have done it again tonight. Sometimes things just fall into place and I’m enjoying it here with the Sunrisers. It’s been a great few weeks so far, hopefully we can keep this momentum going. It (instruction) is play the situation. When I play with a guy like Rahul, naturally he’s very aggressive. The longer we spend as a partnership out there, he’s going to do the majority of the scoring. It’s the partnership that matters. From there, hopefully I can get in and then keep playing the situation through to the end. In the past, I’ve taken it to the last over and we actually lost the game. The sooner we could get it done, the quicker the nerves get off the system.