It was a field day for the uncapped stars in the second game of IPL 2019 when Kolkata Knight Riders took on Sunrisers Hyderabad at home.
As many as 4 young stars were playing in the match, which KKR won by 6 wickets, courtesy a brilliant knock by Andre Russell in the end.
Here is how the uncapped players fared in the game.
Hooda’s services were not needed in the game, as he neither took the field with the bat nor was given the cherry.
KKR walked into their tournament relying heavily on their three uncapped stars – Gill, Rana, and Prasidh Krishna and their batters lived up to their expectations, especially Rana, who opened after Sunil Narine was injured during the SRH innings. The Delhi player started off proceedings as he smashed a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in just the second ball that he faced.
Rana was particularly aggressive against Sandeep Sharma, as he hit him for four fours and two sixes in the game – hitting two fours and a six in the fourth over itself. After KKR lost their first three wickets below 100, it was imperative that Rana stayed till the end. Though he got out in the 16th over, his innings of 68 that came in 47 deliveries set the tone for Russell and Gill to finish things off.
The pressure was enormous on Gill when he came out to walk with the scorecard reading 118 for 4 in 15.3 overs. KKR still needed 63 runs in 27 balls, with Russell yet to flourish at the other end. The youngster struggled first up, managing 6 in the first 7 balls before he was thrust to finish the game in the last over. Russell’s strikes had got down the equation to 13 from 6 balls, and Gill was on strike in the second ball of the 20th. To a Shakib Al Hasan ball, Gill danced down the track, swung the ball out of the park much to the joy of a packed Eden crowd. Though the next delivery was a dot ball as he was cramped up for room, the next delivery sealed the game for KKR as he danced down the pitch and smoked Shakib into the sightscreen to hand KKR a memorable win.
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Krishna was the second most economical bowler from KKR – giving away 31 runs in his 4 overs. In the absence of Nagarkoti and Mavi, the bowling responsibilities were to be shouldered by Krishna, and little did he disappoint. Though he was wayward in his first over – conceding a wide and then giving a no-ball after bowling a beamer, he got back into rhythm, changing his pace, shortening his lengths and now allowing Warner to let loose.