IPL 2022: Off day as a bowling unit, says KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer after loss against Hyderabad | Cricket News



MUMBAI: After the seven-wicket defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Friday, Kolkata Knight Riders‘ (KKR) skipper Shreyas Iyer said his team put in a great effort in the game, but it was a bad day as a bowling unit.
Brilliant half-centuries by Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram led SRH to a comfortable in their IPL 2022 match at the Brabourne Stadium here on Friday.
“Feeling very drained. I thought it was a good total. To be honest, Tripathi came in and changed the momentum and didn’t allow us to settle. Their bowlers executed the stuff well as the ball was seaming,” said Shreyas Iyer in a post-match presentation.

“As batters, we were settled at the end of the powerplay and put a great effort as a batting unit. Was an off day as a bowling unit,” said Iyer.
Chasing 176, SRH had a pathetic start as the opening batter Abhishek Sharma was bowled by Pat Cummins with just three runs on the board in two overs. Tripathi joined skipper Kane Williamson on the crease to steady the innings.

KKR got another breakthrough when Andre Russell dismissed Williamson for 17 runs, with the team’s total at 39/2 in the sixth over. But the skipper’s departure did not affect Tripathi’s intentions as he had other plans.
The 31-year old batter was joined by Markram and the duo started thrashing the KKR bowlers to all corners of the ground. Tripathi scored his half-century in just 21 balls.

On the other hand, Markram played a steady innings and the duo took SRH past the 100-run mark in just 11 overs. KKR heaved a sigh of relief when Russell dismissed Tripathi, who was caught by Venkatesh Iyer after scoring 71 runs off 37 balls.
Nicholas Pooran came to the crease to join Markram and kept the scoreboard moving for SRH. The latter scored his half-century in 31 balls and smashed two sixes back-to-back take his his side to victory with 13 balls to spare.

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