Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 23 runs in yesterday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 game at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Sent into bat after losing the toss, SRH posted an impressive total of 228-4 as Harry Brook struck an unbeaten 100 off 55. KKR were restricted to 205-7 despite fighting efforts from captain Nitish Rana (75 off 41) and Rinku Singh (58* off 31).
Chasing a huge total, KKR got off to a poor start, as Rahmanullah Gurbaz (0) was caught at deep third man off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over. Venkatesh Iyer (10) and Sunil Narine (0) then fell to Marco Jansen off consecutive deliveries to leave Kolkata reeling at 20-3.
Narayan Jagadeesan and Rana added 62 for the fourth wicket to lift KKR. The latter launched a brutal assault on Umran Malik, clobbering him for two sixes and four fours in the last over of the powerplay. The partnership, though, ended when Jagadeesan (36 off 21) was caught at deep midwicket, going for a slog sweep against Mayank Markande.
Andre Russell (3) perished cheaply again, trying to take on Markande. Rinku then came in and batted from where he had left off in the last game. The in-form batter added 69 with his captain before Rana fell to T Natarajan as the asking rate spiralled out of control. Rinku took the fight into the last over but was left with way too much to do this time.
Harry Brook ton floors KKR
Brook became the first player to score a hundred in IPL 2023 as SRH posted a mamoth total after being asked to bat first by KKR. Opening the innings, the England batter hammered 12 fours and three sixes, living up to all the hype around him after a quiet start to the season.
Brook began in ominous fashion, smacking Umesh Yadav for three fours in the first over. In the Kolkata pacer’s next over, he clubbed consecutive sixes. At the other end, Russell struck, sending back Mayank Agarwal (9) and Rahul Tripathi (9) inside the powerplay.
Captain Aiden Markram (50 off 26) joined Brook, and the duo added 72 for the third wicket. Suyash Sharma could have had Brook in the tenth over but failed to latch on to a return catch as the SRH batter smashed one back at him. Markram took on Suyash in his next over and whacked him for two sixes and a four.
The terrific stand ended when Markram fell to Varun Chakravarthy after hitting him for a four and a six. Brook, though, carried on attacking the KKR bowlers. He took on Lockie Ferguson in the 15th over, creaming him for a six and four fours.
Abhishek Sharma also chipped in with a 17-ball 32. Brook brought up a well-deserved hundred in the last over, punching Umesh for a single to long-on.
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Brook played a sensational knock for SRH, becoming the first centurion of IPL 2023, proving why he’s rated so highly.
Markram, meanwhile, chipped in with a quickfire half-century. With the ball, Markande stood out with 2-27. For KKR, Rana and Rinku struck defiant fifties. Brook, though, was the easy choice for the Player of the Match for his sensational ton.