Sunrisers had never won against KKR at the Eden Gardens before tonight's game, but Kane Williamson's rotation of his bowlers meant the home side was never able to get away after being asked to bat first.
Bhuvneshwar returned from injury to spearhead the intimidating Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack and immediately made an impact as he picked up the early wicket of Robin Uthappa.
SRH Squad: W Saha, S Dhawan, K Williamson, M Pandey, S Al Hasan, D Hooda, Y Pathan, B Kumar, R Khan, S Kaul, B Stanlake.
He then sent back Dinesh Karthik just as the Kolkata skipper was starting to threaten and added one more to finish with figures of 3/26 in yet another disciplined performance.
SRH's Bhuvneshwar Kumar was in his elements against KKR at the Eden Gardens.
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After much success opening the innings, KKR chose to drop Narine down the order, according to head coach Jacques Kallis, to get quick runs in the middle overs. It is uncertain whether the purple cap holder from the last two editions will make it for this game, but Sandeep Sharma adequately covered for Kumar. The former has taken two wickets in each match while maintaining a low economy, while the latter has gone through his overs in miserly fashion as well.
"(Andre) Russell bowling some good pace and that's a very good sign for us. Earlier, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc was ruled out ahead of the tournament due to a calf injury. Sunrisers won both the games they played against RR and MI. Both teams will want to bowl first, and whoever does will probably win the match.
KKR's move to bring an in-form opener Sunil Narine down the order also did not work and Karthik said they would not be opening with him throughout the season.
Nearly throughout their innings, the Knight Riders struggled to score freely and the batsmen's job only got more and more hard when play resumed post rain interruption.