Early in the game, a team needed a start and Lewis failed to provide the opportunity.

Sunrisers Hyderabad overcame Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 40 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season on Monday at the Dubai International Stadium. It was a good game of cricket with SRH finally showing steel and substance to get past the line. RR saw Sanju Samson smash a whirlwind 82 but RR could only manage 164/5 in 20 overs. Samson was supreme in his efforts as he surpassed the 3,000-run mark in IPL, besides becoming the top scorer in IPL 2021. In response, SRH were off to a flier and Jason Roy, who came in for David Warner, scored a superb 60 on debut for the Orange Army.

The win sees SRH get to four points as they scripted only their second victory this season. RR missed the chance to get to the top four as they remained seventh with eight points from 10 games. RR’s defeat will please the likes of KKR, MI, and PBKS respectively, What set SRH apart was the start they got and the calmness Kane Williamson showed to finish off the game.

Here we present the heroes and villains of the match.

(Note: By mentioning villains we don’t intend to bring any malign to sportspersons. It’s only about the key moments where players failed to take the initiative).

Heroes of the match:

Jason Roy: Imagine sitting on the bench game after game and waiting when a chance will come knocking. England’s dashing opener Jason Roy got a chance finally and he grabbed it with both hands. It was a mature knock from the aggressive Roy, who not only played his strokes but also ran well between the wickets. He showed his experience and played a match-winning knock that helped SRH get the desired platform. Roy hit 60 from 42 balls in an innings laced with eight fours and one six.

Kane Williamson: The Kiwi international played a captain’s knock for his side. He came in at a crucial juncture when SRH were flying and made sure he left the field, having got the job done. What Williamson did well was to pick the singles and twos and form a solid partnership alongside Roy to inch closer towards the target. After Roy’s and Priyam Garg’s dismissals, SRH could have panicked but the calm presence of Williamson helped them stay above RR.

Siddarth Kaul: The 31-year-old pacer bowled an excellent final over especially when Samson was still at the crease and hitting those boundaries. However, Kaul dismissed Samson off the second ball to help SRH save a few extra runs. Not just that, he also dismissed Riyan Parag as RR stalled in the final over and couldn’t get the move on. Those two wickets and just four runs conceded was a game-changing moment as SRH built from there on with the bat.

Villains of the match:

Evin Lewis: The West Indian returned to the starting XI and needed to showcase his form after a splendid CPL. However, Lewis hit a short ball straight to a deep square leg and was livid with himself. RR lost the early wicket and as Lewis failed to get the placement right against an experienced campaigner like Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Early in the game, a team needed a start and Lewis failed to provide the opportunity.

Liam Livingstone: The Englishman endured another poor outing with the bat, scoring just four. He was shifted back to the middle-order after failing to do well in the previous match against DC as an opener. Livingstone hasn’t been able to get going in the UAE leg and a poor decision cost him once again. He played a pull shot off a length ball by Rashid Khan that deserved a treatment, however, the wrong shot and application saw him mishit and offer a catch to deep backward square leg. SRH put the brakes on as Livingstone got dismissed in a crucial phase.

Chris Morris: The lPL million dollar man hasn’t lived up to the price tag RR shelled out for him. After being brought back into the starting XI, Morris didn’t get a chance to bat, perhaps because of the lack of confidence shown by the management. With the ball he was not up to the mark, conceding 27 from three overs and not claiming a wicket. When you get purchased for such hefty fees for the second season running and fail to perform, it’s quite disheartening.

Leave a comment

Cancel reply