IPL Cricket: Williamson plays captain's knock in Sunrisers win

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Bangladesh's ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan lead his side Sunrisers Hyderabad to a five-wicket win over his former team Kolkata Knight Riders in what was Hyderabad's maiden away match of this edition of the IPL. It was skipper Kane Williamson, who held their innings together with a 44-ball 50.

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.

Williamson and Shakib eased the nerves - Williamson notching his 18th T20 fifty from 43 balls and Shakib passing 4,000 runs in the format - and even though they fell towards the death, Yusuf Pathan (17no of 7) pulled Russell over deep square for the match-winning six with an over to spare.

The wicket straight after the rain break was a bonus and SRH did not look back after that.

Returning to action after a one-match injury lay-off, Bhuvneshwar once again shone at the death, claiming 3/26 as KKR's rejigged batting order looked in a complete disarray.

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik was not happy with his batsman. Having tonked Rashid for a four and a six, Rana gifted his wicket with a ribbon when he slashed Billy Stanlake to Pandey at point.

Rana hit Stanlake firmly just wide of Pandey, who showed wonderful reaction to grab it on the second attempt and give SRH the breakthrough in four balls after play resumed. Russell has been bowling with good pace as well, but reports of him sporting a hamstring supporter during training sessions cast his bowling into some doubt.

Delhi have issues to address especially in their bowling department which has failed to deliver in each of the three games played so far.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are going through a wonderful phase and have won both their matches.

Less than 48 hours later, they will be playing at Eden Gardens in Kolkata as the matches keep coming thick and fast in the IPL.

Then Williamson and Shakib stitched together a 59-run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter was caught in two minds whether to defend and hit, losing his leg stump in the process to Piyush Chawla (1/20).