For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Harry Brook put on an outstanding performance to smash the first century of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. The amazing milestone was reached by the England international in just 55 balls, and his innings featured 12 fours and three enormous sixes.
Brook, who was selected by SRH for a whopping Rs 13.25 crore in the auction prior to the season, had a poor tournament debut. He was, however, in top form on a level surface as the right-hander overpowered the KKR bowlers and nearly precisely timed his innings. The sole mistake in his performance was a dropped catch by Suyash Sharma, and it cost the hosts dearly because Brook was playing at his most destructive level at Eden Gardens.
Twitter users were astounded by Brook's performance on the field, as both experts and supporters praised the youngster on social media for his unprecedented feat.
When KKR decided to bowl, their defense performance was also a major letdown. Captain Aiden Markram played an important middle-order innings, scoring 50 runs in just 26 balls as the pair strung together 72 runs in 47 balls.
Young left-handed hitter Abhishek Sharma (32; 17b) provided excellent support after Markram left, and the two also combined 72 runs (33b) to further compound KKR's suffering.
As KKR decided to bowl, SRH put on an outstanding batting show, with Heinrich Klaasen contributing a cameo of 16 not out in six balls.
None of the KKR bowlers failed to impress, with the exception of Caribbeans, Sunil Narine (4-0-28-0), and Andre Russell (2.1-0-22-3), who injured a muscle and was unable to finish his overs.
The English batsman carried his bat throughout the day, emulating his performance in the 2022 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he had scored 264 runs for the Lahore Qalandars in eight innings, including a century, at a strike rate of 171.4.
In Test matches, Brook has amassed 809 runs in 10 innings, including four hundreds and three fifty-plus scores.
By providing him with some straightforward speed material to start, KKR may have missed the mark because both Brook and the fiery Ferguson let up 14 runs in their first overs while Yadav was delighted to be cleaned up by them.
Sunil Narine was able to drag them in a clean fourth over from 43 for no loss in three overs, which perfectly placed Andre Russell to deliver a double blow.
The Jamaican, who was bowling for the first time this season, immediately dismissed Mayank Agarwal (9; 13b) before tearing a muscle.
But, Russell completed the over and dismissed in-form Rahul Tripathi with the final ball to provide KKR with the crucial opportunity.
However, Brook and captain Markram batted intelligently, especially against Narine, and quickly reached the 50-run mark to keep their run rate close to the 10-run threshold.
The SRH captain supported Brook admirably and handled the middle overs skillfully during their thrilling 72-run partnership, which took just 47 balls.
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