Coincidence, eh?

Kolkata register 100 wins in Indian T20 League

11:00 PM IST - Eoin Morgan's Kolkata inflicted a 10-run defeat on Hyderabad to win their first game in Chennai since 2012. It also is the franchise' 100th win in the T20 extravaganza.

While Rashid Khan had a good day in the office with the ball, he returns home with disappointment. 

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 177/5 (20.0 overs)

Should Abdul Samad have batted earlier?

38 runs in 12 balls, possible?

10:55 PM IST - Hyderabad now have a daunting task ahead of them, if they are to win their first game of the 2021 edition. Two overs remaining and an asking rate of seemingly touching 20, is it the end of the road for David Warner and Co.?

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 150/5 (18.0 overs)

Manish Pandey reaches 19th fifty

10:45 PM IST - With Hyderabad requiring 50 in 19 balls, the pressure is on Manish Pandey to guide the team to a victory. The odds may be against David Warner and Co., but its the Indian T20 League and anything is possible.

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 134/4 (16.2 overs)

Nabi safe despite Prasidh bouncer

10:40 PM IST - Hyderabad all-rounder Mohammad Nabi appears alright after a Prasidh Krishna bouncer hits the back of his neck. Strategic timeout called in as team medics tend to the Afghanistan star.

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 126/3 (15.4 overs)

Cummins ends Bairstow's innings

10:25 PM IST - Jonny Bairstow's ambitious innings comes to an end as the Englishman swings Pat Cummins' delivery straight to backward point, but finds Nitish Rana. Required rate now at 12.29.

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 102/3 (13.0 overs)

Appreciation flows in for Bairstow

Bairstow reaches fifty

10:20 PM IST - With skipper David Warner failing with the bat, Jonny Bairstow has taken responsibility to shoulder the batting for Hyderabad. This is his sixth Indian T20 League fifty and it came in 32 deliveries. Leader!

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 95/2 (11.1 overs)

Strategic timeout

10:04 PM IST - With Hyderabad taking a slow-yet-steady approach, Kolkata will need to do better to put an end to the Jonny Bairstow-Manish Pandey partnership. It's all about timing and execution.

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 69/2 (9.0 overs)

Bairstow-Pandey reach 50 in partnership

9:58 PM IST - Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey have got Hyderabad's run chase back on track, with their ongoing 57-run partnership off 28 balls. Patience!

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 59/2 (7.5 overs)

Shakib plucks out Saha, deliciously

9:36 PM IST - Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan begins his second stint at Kolkata with a wicket off his first delivery, deceiving Wriddhiman Saha and finding the leg stump. Welcome back, Shakib!

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 10/2 (2.1 overs)

Warner walks back in disappointment

9:32 PM IST - After surviving a dismissal attempt in the first over, Kolkata got the prized wicket of David Warner. The southpaw aimed to play an inswing shot from a 136.4kph delivery by Prasidh Krishna. However, the shot took the outside edge and went straight into the hands of Dinesh Karthik.

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 10/1 (1.3 overs)

Hyderabad start chase calmly

9:30 PM IST - Hyderabad captain David Warner survived an early dismissal as Pat Cummins dropped his compatriot's miscued shot.

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs), Hyderabad - 8/0 (1.0 overs)

Turbanator to open the bowling

9:25 PM IST - Harbhajan Singh opens the bowling for Kolkata against Hyderabad. It's 699 days since his last cricket activity. Will he shine on his Kolkata debut?

Could it be David Warner's night?

9:15 PM IST - Hyderabad captain David Warner could achieve two records tonight. The southpaw needs 88 runs to complete 1000 runs vs Kolkata in the Indian T20 League. In doing so, he will be the 1st player to score 1000 runs against any team in the competition.

Additionally, he needs five sixes to complete 200 sixes in the Indian T20 League.

Kolkata finish innings at 187/6

9:10 PM IST - Kolkata their innings at 187/6, with Nitish Rana (80 runs off 56 balls) and Rahul Tripathi (53 runs off 29 balls) anchoring the innings. While they were 50 for zero in the first five overs, they lost five wickets in the death overs while scoring 42 runs.

A decisive total to chase, given this score is more than the par winning score of 173. All eyes will be on David Warner and Co.

Score: Kolkata - 187/6 (20.0 overs)

Homework for Hyderabad

9:10 PM IST - Spinners were initially said to have a troubling time at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium. However, it is Hyderabad's pacers who have had a bad day in office. The pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan and Vijay Shankar - have bowled only 22 percent of their deliveries hitting the stumps, while they collectively missed 78 percent.

Redemption time for Nabi?

8:57 PM IST - After conceding 29 runs in his three overs, Mohammad Nabi has taken the prized wickets of Nitish Rana and Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan off the third and fourth deliveries in his final over. Hyderabad have effectively kept Kolkata's big-hitters in the middle-order in check. Is the contest no more one-sided?

Score: Kolkata - 160/5 (17.4 overs)

No Russell show in Chennai

8:50 PM IST - Everyone expected Andre Russell to begin Indian T20 League 2021 with a bang, but with Rashid Khan, the Kolkata fans can only frown with disappointment. The Afghanistan spinner finishes his four overs with figures of two for 24.

Score: Kolkata - 157/3 (15.2 overs)

Tripathi wastes his wicket away

8:45 PM IST - After blazing his way to a fifty in 28 balls, Rahul Tripathi miscues a slog sweep shot off a T Natarajan delivery that goes in the air, and finds the safe hands of Wriddhiman Saha. This brings an end to a decisive 93-run partnership for the second wicket off 50 balls.

Score: Kolkata - 156/2 (15.2 overs)

Second strategic timeout

8:35 PM IST - The ongoing 73-run partnership between Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi seems unbreakable at the moment, with Rana himself on his way towards his maiden century. Hyderabad need a decisive breakthrough.

Score: Kolkata - 126/1 (14.0 overs)

Kolkata reach 100 within 12 overs

8:25 PM IST - Riding on Nitish Rana, Kolkata breach the three-figure mark within 12 overs of the first innings. Just as he reached his fifty, Rana smashed a six at deep midwicket's left to power Kolkata past 100. A disappointing first day in office for Mohammad Nabi.

Score: Kolkata - 100/1 (11.3 overs)

Reaching 50 with a six

8:17 PM IST - Kolkata's Nitish Rana hits a cracker of a six over deep backward square leg. This is his 12th fifty in the Indian T20 League, and fourth in six innings as an opener. Outrageous!

Score: Kolkata - 92/1 (10.0 overs)

Strategic timeout

8:10 PM IST - After a confident start, Kolkata seem to have a roadblock in the name of Rashid Khan. The Afghanistan star has eight runs and a wicket from his first two overs. Can Nitish Rana put Kolkata back in the driver's seat? 

Rashid finds the middle stump

8:00 PM IST - Rashid Khan does what he does best, a googly to dismiss the opposition batsman. Shubman Gill came forward for a slog-sweep, but walks back in regret as the ball slips past him and hits the middle stump. Clever bowling!

Score: Kolkata - 53/1 (7.0 overs)

Opening partnership crosses 50

7:56 PM IST - Kolkata openers Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill cross 50 runs for the first wicket. And that brings Kolkata to the end of the powerplay.

Score: Kolkata - 50/0 (6.0 overs)

Rana rains boundaries

7:45 PM IST - Nitish Rana smashes three boundaries in a row, putting pressure on Hyderabad's Sandeep Sharma.  With run-rate almost at 10 runs per over, Kolkata seem to be on course for fifty within the first five overs.

Score: Kolkata - 31/0 (3.3 overs)

So close yet so far

7:42 PM IST - Kolkata opener Nitish Rana chipped a shot off a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery which was in the direction of Abdul Samad, only to fall short of his reach.

Score: Kolkata - 18/0 (2.3 overs)

Nitish Rana gets off the mark

7:35 PM IST - A boundary off the first delivery! Nitish Rana's bottom-handed drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's first delivery finds the gap between extra cover and mid-off. Shubman Gill is at the other end for Kolkata.

Score: Kolkata - 4/0 (0.1 overs)

Team Kolkata playing XI

7:10 PM IST - Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

Team Hyderabad playing XI

7:10 PM IST - David Warner (captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan

Toss result

7:00 PM IST - Hyderabad win the toss and will bowl first at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Pitch report

6:55 PM IST - Murali Karthik asserts that spinners might struggle tonight, as the square boundaries are 60 and 70 meters long. This is a dry wicket, a lot of open patches hence it will be difficult for them to contain batsmen in the powerplay overs.

Harbhajan is a knight!

6:55 PM IST - Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh receives his first Kolkata cap. After trophy-laden stints at Mumbai and Chennai, the Turbanator will now aim to shine in the purple and gold colours of Kolkata.

The knights have arrived!

The sixes machine

6:35 PM IST - West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell is the only Kolkata player to smash 100-plus sixes in the Indian T20 League. Can he add to his count of 129 maximums tonight?

Who will win the toss?

6:30 PM IST - Interestingly, Hyderabad have won all of their coin tosses in their last five matches but managed to win only two matches. Kolkata, on the other hand, haven't won the toss on the last five occasions but have won three matches.

Team Warner ready for Indian T20 League 2021!

Hyderabad’s Sultan of Swing

Can Hyderabad and Kolkata break Chepauk curse?

6:15 PM IST - Both Hyderabad and Kolkata have a poor record at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. While David Warner's men have lost all three games they have played at the venue, Eoin Morgan and Co. have lost seven games in nine visits. As a matter of fact, Kolkata's only wins at Chepauk came in the 2012 edition including their five-wicket win in the final against Chennai.

Kolkata's dangermen

Know the Hyderabad vs Kolkata head-to-head record

6:00 PM IST - The Hyderabad vs Kolkata head-to-head record in the Indian T20 League is in favour of Kolkata, with 12 wins in 19 matches played between these two teams. Despite this, it is Team Hyderabad who boast of better individual performers against Kolkata.

For more stats and insights, click here.

The key battle to watch out - Warner vs Narine

Wondering where to watch the Indian T20 League live on TV?

5:40 PM IST - The Hyderabad vs Kolkata Indian T20 League match will be telecast live at 7:30 PM IST on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD TV channels in India, on Sunday, April 11.

Live streaming of Hyderabad vs Kolkata will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.

Welcome to game three of Indian T20 League 2021!

5:30 PM IST - Good evening and a warm welcome to SportsAdda’s live blog for the third game of the Indian T20 League 2021!

Hyderabad, who finished third last season, take on Kolkata at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Both sides began their 2020 campaign - which took place in UAE - with a defeat and they will hope for a change in fortunes this time around.

The pressure will be on David Warner’s Hyderabad, who have lost three of their last five meetings with Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata. This tie will also see Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan return to Kolkata after being released by Hyderabad prior to the 2020 campaign.

There’s a lot of action and drama in store, so stay tuned for all the latest updates, here!

Feature image courtesy: Website / Kolkata Knight Riders