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Shakib leads Sunrisers to victory over Kolkata

16 April 2018, 06:43 | Winifred Adams

It took Sunrisers a comprehensive performance to win their first game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. Deepak Hooda was the other not-out batsman. With Dhawan also, getting the boundaries easily, it looked like for a while that the Hyderabad would chase down the target in quick time.

Kumar (3/26) - back after recovering from a sore back - was ably supported by pacer Billy Stanlake (2/21) and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (2/21). The SRH skipper then led from the front hitting a 44-ball 50 with the help of four fours and one six, while chasing down the target in 19 overs. Both teams have some concerns going into the match, KKR more so than Hyderabad.

But Williamson's serenity and composure rose above everything else.

Williamson's innings was laced with 4 fours and one six while Shakib hit 2 fours and a six during his knock as the duo shared 59-run stand for the fourth wicket to guide their team.

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Shakib's stay was cut short and so was Williamson's, after he reached his half-century.

Meanwhile, the second showdown will be between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Earlier, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc was ruled out ahead of the tournament due to a calf injury. The master-blaster was clearly just warming up, unleashing his devastating power on the Sunrisers bowling attack. Knight Riders will now have to rely on their greenhorns like Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti in place of Vinay. And the experience certainly wasn't a good one. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets - Dinesh Karthik (29 runs off 27 balls), Robin Uthappa (3 runs off 8 balls) and Shubhman Gill (3 runs off 9 balls) to restrict KKR to 138/8 in 20 overs.

Shami has turned out in all the three matches for DD and a team official said there's no question of his availability as it remains to be seen where there's also a courtroom battle in the offing. KKR have been playing three spinners, and given how much trouble Markande caused SRH, that is unlikely to change. Although Bhuvneshwar Kumar's absence paved way for Sandeep Sharma in the side.

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