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IPL-2018: Williamson's 50 guides Hyderabad to victory over KKR

IANS  |  Kolkata 

led from the front with a classy 44-ball 50 as (SRH) coasted to a five-wicket victory against (KKR) in a rain-hit (IPL) game at the here on Saturday.

Chasing a modest 139 to win, Williamson mixed caution with aggression (4x4, 16) as all-rounder gave him good support with a 21-ball 27.

(17 not out) hit the winning runs with a six over square leg off as the visitors reached the target with six balls to spare.

This was SRH's first triumph at the Eden in five attempts and their third straight victory this season.

Local boy (24; 15b 5x4 0x6) gave SRH a flying start before (2/17) got his back in his very first delivery with a fullish delivery down the leg side which took a feather edge off the Test stumper's bat to who took a sharp catch.

Narine also castled Shikhar Dhawan (7; 7b 1x4 0x6) with an overpitched ball which the southpaw tried to defend and the ball sneaked under his bat.

At the end of Powerplay, SRH were 46/2 still needing 93 runs for victory.

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (1/23) accounted for former KKR batsman Manish Pandey, who was brilliant in the field taking two superb catches, with a fullish delivery that the 28-year old could not pick.

and Shakib stitched together a 59-run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter was caught in two minds whether to defend and hit, losing his leg stump in the process to Piyush Chawla (1/20).

But there was no stopping Williamson who brought up his fifty.

Williamson's stay was cut short by whose fullish delivery on the leg stump was flicked on to square leg where took an easy catch.

Earlier, pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivered crucial blows as SRH made the most of a hour-long rain break and some excellent catching by to restrict KKR to a modest 138/8.

Kumar (3/26) -- back after recovering from a sore back -- was ably supported by pacer (2/21) and all-rounder (2/21).

Pandey took two outstanding catches to send Nitish Rana (18; 16b 2x4 1x6) and (9; 5b 0x4 1x6) -- back in the hut as SRH bowlers took control after a rain-induced halt when KKR were going steady at 52/1.

For the hosts, opener (49; 34b 7x4 1x6) was the top-scorer as laboured to a 27-ball 29 hitting two fours and a six.

Brief scores: 138/8 in 20 overs (49; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/26, 2/21, 2/21) lose to 139/5 (50; 2/17)

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 00:42 IST
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