Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and elected to bat. The team that batted first in the last six matches in Pune won. But .. Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers bowled with discipline from the start of the match today. Opener Venkatesh Iyer (7) was out for a low score. Ajinkya Rahane (3×6 off 28:24 balls) then tried to counter-attack with Nitish Rana (1×4, 3×6 off 26:16 balls). But .. Umran Malik took both of them to the pavilion in the same over. Later captain Shreyas Iyer (15) also submitted the wicket to Umran Malik. Natarajan knocked over Rinku Singh (5). Kolkata were 94/5 at the end of 11.3 overs.
But .. Andre Russell who stood at the crease at this stage .. tried hard for big shots till the end. He had good support from Sam Billings (34:29 off 3×4, 1×6) in the middle overs. However .. Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar tied Russell with a series of yorkers in slog overs to prevent him from playing big shots. But .. Washington Sundar full toss in the last over, low full toss balls and submitted three sixes to Russell.