Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) had never won a match at Eden Gardens. They undoubtedly have the most lethal bowling attack, but it is the slow nature of the track that their batters could not exploit. In match 14 of Indian Premier League (IPL), SRH suffered a 17-run defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Gautam Gambhir and David Warner believed the track would not change throughout the match. Robin Uthappa, on the other hand, said that it will get quicker under the lights. But none of that happened. If anything, SRH batters could not get into groove and often failed to time the ball. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – Match 14 at Kolkata
Yuvraj Singh hit 2 fours and as many sixes. When he bats, neither the quality of bowling or slowness of the track the matters. However, after an attractive 26, he too fell for a slower short ball. Before that, Shikhar Dhawan and Warner had scored 49 runs between them, but they took 52 balls. In a pursuit of 173, against a bowing unit that has Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav, such start was never going to take them to the final lap.
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Kolkata Knight Riders 172 for 6 in 20 overs (Robin Uthappa 68, Manish Pandey 46; Bhuvneshwar 3 for 20; Rashid Khan 1 for 29) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 155 for 6 in 20 overs (David Warner 26, Yuvraj Singh 26; Chris Woakes 2 for 49, Sunil Narine 1 for 18) by 17 runs.
Man of the Match: Robin Uthappa