Shakib’s KKR off to winning start in IPL | The Daily Star
11:58 PM, April 11, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:01 AM, April 12, 2021

Shakib’s KKR off to winning start in IPL

Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan bagged a wicket in his first delivery in what was his return to old colours of Kolkata Knight Riders as his side won their opening IPL fixture against Shakib's former team Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs at Chennai today.

Half-centuries from Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi set up Kolkata Knight Riders' 10-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2021 match at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.

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Rana (80 off 56) and Tripathi (53 off 29) powered KKR to 187 for 6 in 20 overs. Shakib's who came into bat at number seven, fell in the last delivery of the innings after scoring 3 off five deliveries.

Captain David Warner did not fire for Sunrisers and he fell in the second over. In the third over, Sunrisers were 10 for 2 as Wriddhiman Saha chopped Shakib's delivery onto his stumps. Despite Shakib's great start with the ball, he however did not bag anymore wickets, finishing with 34 runs conceded for one wicket in his four overs.

Manish Pandey (61* off 44) and Jonny Bairstow (55 off 40) took SRH close. With 57 needed in the final four overs, all-rounder Andre Russell stymied the big hitters. Abdul Samad walloped two sixes off Pat Cummins in the penultimate over but in the end the 188-run target proved too much as Sunrisers reached 177 for five.

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