IPL: Classy Gambhir sees his side home by eight wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Gautam Gambhir continued his brilliant form in the IPL by leading his side to a convincing win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets

IPL: Classy Gambhir sees his side home by eight wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad
Gambhir playing a lovely cut shot during his innings of 90 (Picture source: AP)

Kolkata Knight Riders have defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets to make it two wins from three in IPL 2016.

The Sunrisers won the toss and batted first but were reduced to 50-4 before a superb partnership between Eoin Morgan who made 51 and Naman Ojha for the fifth partnership got the team to 142 from their 20 overs. The Knight Riders lead by Gautam Gambhir who finished 90 not out were never really fazed despite losing two quick wickets in the middle of their innings to win the game by eight wickets with 10 balls remaining in the match.

At the toss Sunrisers captain, David Warner won it and decided to bat first on what was a very hot day in Hyderabad. 

Early wickets slow the home side down

Warner's decision at the toss backfired as the Sunrisers began their batting innings poorly limping along to 36-3 after their batting powerplay. The wickets to fall early were Shikhar Dhawan for six of seven balls of the bowling of Morne Morkel

Umesh Yadav got the other two wickets of Warner for 13 of 12 balls and Moisés Henriques for six of nine balls to leave the innings needing a rebuild so early on.

The problem was that Sunrisers then lost another quick wicket, this time, it was Deepak Hooda for six of eleven balls of the bowling of Andre Russell. The real hope for the team though was that Morgan was still at the crease to try and get them to a competitive score. 

Eoin Morgan scored a half-century to get his side to a decent total of 142

Morgan went about his business well and put on a brilliant partnership of 67 with Ojha for the fifth wicket before Ojha was out for 37 of 28 balls of the bowling of Morkel. Morgan then brought up his fifty of 41 balls to show how important he is in the shortest form of the game when in form.

Morgan playing a reverse sweep during his half century | Photo: BCCI
Morgan playing a reverse sweep during his half century | Photo: BCCI

Morgan though was out shortly after he got his fifty as Yadav got his third wicket of the innings. Ashish Reddy then got a quick fire 13 of eight balls to get the Sunrisers up to a score of 142-7 from their 20 overs. 

Gambhir and Uthappa got their side of to a brilliant start

In reply, the Knight Riders got off to a slow start but the main thing was that they didn't lose any wickets to be 36 without loss after the powerplay. Gambhir and Robin Uthappa continued on their merry way to break the back of the chase well as their partnership passed fifty. 

Gambhir brought up his fifty of 41 balls to continue his fine form so far at the start of the tournament. 

The first wicket finally fell when Reddy came into the attack for the Sunrisers and got Uthappa out LBW for 38 of 34 balls to leave the score on 92-1 in the 13th over.

Russell came to the crease at number three but he didn't last long as Mustafizur Rahman produced a beautiful Yorker to bowl the big West Indian for two of five balls. 

Superb Gambhir finished 90 not out to see his side home by eight wickets

Manish Pandey came in at number four and saw the game home with Gambhir who finished on 90 not out to see his side win the game with 10 balls remaining.