NEW DELHI, May 18: Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in a rain-affected IPL Eliminator by seven wickets via Duckworth Lewis System to enter the Qualifier 2 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. The match that began at 8:00 pm (IST) on Wednesday finished close to 1:30 am (IST) Thursday thanks to a lengthy rain delay that kept both the teams waiting for close to 2.5 hours after SRH were restricted to 128/7.
When the match finally resumed at 12:55 am (IST), as per the D/L method, KKR were left to chase a revised target of 48 in six overs which they achieved at the cost of three wickets in 5.2 overs.
Here we break down the match in five
A tough start
After calling correctly at the coin toss, KKR captain Gautam Gambhir, with his pace-heavy attack, opted to bowl first. The track, which otherwise welcomes batsmen with open arms, shut itself down tonight. KKR bowlers were the beneficiary. The batsmen itched for boundaries but they came at a premium. Pace duo of Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult began the proceedings and SRH opener David Warner managed to hit them for a four each. Runs though, in general, weren't flowing easy. With the fielding restrictions on, Shikhar Dhawan decided to take risk and attempted to put a length delivery from Umesh over the infield. He mistimed it and only managed a top-edge that was well taken by wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa. Next came Kane Williamson but the mood remained grim. The defending champions crawled to 30/1 after the end of Powerplay.
Warner, Williamson rebuild but KKR land double-blow
The slower pitch made it a tough task for the batsmen to score freely. And so, the duo of Warner and Williamson had to pounce on any opportunity that would be presented. Williamson tried manufacturing shots and succeeded, like when he made room against a flat delivery from Yusuf Pathan and lifted it over covers for his first four. And then the bowlers too erred in lengths, like Piyush Chawla who dropped a half-tracker and allowed Warner to unleash a powerful pull shot that went over midwicket for a six. Williamson joined the party with four and six off successive deliveries from Nathan Coulter-Nile in the next over. Despite those efforts, SRH had managed just 61/1 at the halfway stage. So, Williamson went after Coulter-Nile, attempting to lift him over covers but found Suryakumar Yadav at extra cover to be caught for 24. A ball later, against Chawla, Warner went for a pull and ended up being bowled for 37.
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