Brathwaite's long wait ends in defeat to Narine's KKR

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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HYDERABAD, India (CMC) — West Indies Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite's near six-week wait for action in the Indian Premier League (IPL) ended in defeat yesterday, as leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad slumped to a five-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Playing at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Sunrisers rallied to 172 for nine, but KKR chased down the target with two balls to spare to clinch their eighth win of the season in their final preliminary match, booking their place in the play-offs.

Although Hyderabad remained top of the standings, the defeat was their third in a row heading into the all-important second stage of the competition.

Opting to bat first, Sunrisers were spearheaded by Shikhar Dhawan who top-scored with 50 from 39 balls, while captain Kane Williamson belted 36 from 17 balls and Shreevats Goswami 35 from 26 deliveries.

Dhawan provided the early momentum, adding 79 for the first wicket with Goswami and a further 48 with Williamson for the second wicket.

Brathwaite managed just three before top-edging a pull at West Indies teammate Andre Russell and falling to a catch at the wicket in the penultimate over.

Off-spinner Sunil Narine was outstanding in his four-over spell, claiming one for 23, while fast bowler Russell ended with one for 31 from his three overs.

In reply, KKR benefited from Australian opener Chris Lynn's 55, while Robin Uthappa chipped in with 45 and Sunil Narine, 29.

Lynn put on 52 off just 22 balls for the first wicket with the left-handed Narine, who faced 10 deliveries and smashed four fours and a couple of sixes in a typically aggressive innings.

Narine eventually perished in the fourth over, mistiming a heave at left-arm spinner Shakib-al-Hasan and giving Manish Pandey a simple catch. With the innings, the Trinidadian passed 300 runs for the season at a strike rate of nearly 190.

Pandey also had a hand in Russell's dismissal for three, the big-hitting right-hander picking out the fielder at mid-off as he tried to go over the top with seamer Siddarth Kaul in the 18th over.

Brathwaite proved handy with his medium pace, finishing with two for 21. But was unable to prevent KKR's victory, as the visitors needed five from the last over.

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