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IPL 2021: Match 3 SRH vs KKR- KKR won by 10 Runs

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SRH- 177/5 (20 over)

Jonny Bairstow- 55(40)
Manish Pandey- 61(44)

KKR- 187/6 (20 over)

Nitish Rana- 80(56)
Rahul Tripathi- 53(29)

Kolkata knight riders (KKR) started their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign with a 10 Runs win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Sunday at the MA Chidambaram stadium, Chennai

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Man of the Match:

Harshal Patel

I thought the ball was in my slot so I went for it and luckily got four off my first ball. In my mind there’s only one thing: play my shots if the ball is there. Just backed myself. Have played a lot of spin growing up.

—Nitish Rana, Man of the Match

Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Nitish Rana

Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award: Nitish Rana

CRED Power Player of the Match: Prashidh Krishna

Safari Super Striker of the Match: Rahul Tripathi

Dream11 GameChanger of the Match: Nitish Rana

VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match: Manish Pandey

 I was trying my best to get the pace up. There wasn’t much in the wicket and I had to put in something to get the ball to the keeper. We had a very good 10-day camp to get everyone into good nick and it’s nice that everyone has chipped in. The wicket was slow, not easy to hit off a length which I realized while bowling and they (Rana and Tripathi) did really well. Vijay Hazare Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali and all those games have gotten me game time and helped me with my performances. Confidence is upbeat now because I am coming off a good series and I hope to contribute further for my team. Some of the biggest hitters are in my side, so I am quite fortunate. But all the players are down to earth and it’s really nice being part of this team.

Prashidh Krishna
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STATs: Manish Pandey for SRH:
in wins: Avg 24.00 (2 X 50s)
in defeats: Avg 42.94 (8 X 50s)

Winning Captain, Eoin Morgan (KKR):

Delighted. Build up to the tournament has been pretty good. The camp that we had pre-tournament, the guys gelled well. Never quite sure what performance they will produce. Today was quite magnificent the way the guys batted. Guys at the top of the order. Nitish and Tripathi were absolutely outstanding and set up the game for our middle order to play in the manner we want to play. Certainly the bowling, we couldn’t have asked for a better start. Chopped and changed a bit in the powerplay. Wouldn’t say that. Huge amount of structure that goes into the decisions on the field. Have got a fantastic head coach in McCullum. Great back room staff. Main job is to get the best out of the squad. IPL is all about the results. Guys buying into what we want to do. Bhajji starting really well in the first over and then not playing a part but using his experience to get around the guys in the game shows the selflessness in the side. Nice to start like this it’s obviously a long tournament. We were very happy with the score. We thought if we bowled half-decently we should get over the line.

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Losing Captain, David Warner (SRH):

 I didn’t think there were that many runs on this wicket. They adapted really well, had a good partnership. We failed to execute the first ball of most overs and then conceded a lot at the end. We lost early wickets, and Jonny and Manish got us in a good position, so we had our chances. The dew made a difference. If the bowlers overpitched, it was easy to hit it, and with the height in their team, and with the cross-seam, it stopped a little bit on us. We would like to have won the first game, but we have four more games at this venue and hopefully we will get used to the square and the dimensions of this ground.

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