Russell, Salt fifties carry KKR to four-run win over SRH despite Klaasen’s heroics

KOLKATA, Mar 23:

Andre Russel’s all-round effort headlined Kolkata Knight Riders’ sweaty four-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL match here today.
Russell’s brutal unbeaten 64 off 25 balls with three fours and seven sixes and Phil Salt’s more pragmatic 54 off 40 balls guided KKR to 208 for seven.
Left-arm pacer T Natarajan was their most successful bowler with a three-wicket haul (3/32).
At several points, SRH threatened to chase 208 down, particularly when Heinrich Klaasen (63, 29b, 8x6s) went berserk in the backend of the innings.
But the Hyderabad side fell agonisingly close to the target.
Brief scores:
Kolkata Knight Riders: 208 for 7 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 64 not out, Phil Salt 54; T Natarajan 3/32) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad: 204/7 in 20 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 63, Mayank Agarwal 32; Harshit Rana 3/33, Andre Russell 2/25) by 4 runs. (PTI)

Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Mayank Agarwal c Singh b Harshit Rana 32
Abhishek Sharma c Varun b Russell 32
Rahul Tripathi c Harshit Rana b Narine 20
Aiden Markram c Singh b Varun 18
Heinrich Klaasen c Suyash Sharma b Harshit Rana 63
Abdul Samad c VR Iyer b Russell 15
Shahbaz Ahmed c S Iyer b Harshit Rana 16
Marco Jansen not out 1
Pat Cummins not out 0
Extras: (LB-1, W-6) 7
Total: (For 7 wickets in 20 overs) 204
Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-71, 3-107, 4-111, 5-145, 6-203, 7-204
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 4-0-53-0, Harshit Rana 4 -0-33-3, Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-55-1, Sunil Narine 4-0-19-1, Andre Russell 2-0-25-2, Suyash Sharma 2-0-18-0.

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