Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir led from the front to knock defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a seven-wicket win and made to Qualifier 2 in a rain-interrupted eliminator clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.
KKR will take on Mumbai Indians on Friday at the same venue.
Chasing 48 to win in six overs after rain and wet outfield ate up a large chunk of playing time, forcing Duckworth-Lewis method to come into play, Gambhir steadied the ship after KKR were 12/3 at one stage with an unbeaten 19-ball 32.
Ishank Jaggi, playing his first match, was not out on five.
At the start, Chris Lynn was on the money right away, smacking Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six in the first ball he faced.
But the second ball saw the destructive Australian get out after replays showed Lynn had edged to wicketkeeper Naman OJha off a Bhuveshwar near-yorker.
Yusuf Pathan, promoted up the order to score at a brisk pace, lasted just one delivery before he was run out. Robin Uthappa did not last long too, holing out to Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid wicket off Chris Jordan’s bowling.
Earlier, KKR rode on a superlative show by their bowlers to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 128/7 in 20 overs.
None of the Hyderabad batsmen could score a half century, with skipper David Warner managing only 37 off 35 balls as the highest score of the innings.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/20) was the pick of the bowlers while Umesh Yadav (2/21) continued his good show as the two-time IPL champions made the most of the slow Chinnaswamy wicket to keep Warner and company in check.
Coulter-Nile leaked just three runs from the penultimate over with Trent Boult (1/30) allowing just seven in the final over also taking the wicket of Naman Ojha (16) off the final ball.
Hyderabad got off to a sedate start, managing just 30/1 in the Powerplay. In-form Shikhar Dhawan (11; 13b; 1×4) skied a rising Umesh delivery for wicket-keeer Robin Uthappa to pouch the ball.
Warner, in red-hot form, found the fence just twice in the first six overs with Dhawan pulling Umesh for another boundary before falling to his India teammate couple of overs later.
It took the generally explosive Warner eight overs to hit the first six of the match, punishing a poor Piyush Chawla ball by rocking on to his backfoot and pulling the leg-spinner to deep midwicket. At the halfway stage, the defending champions were 61/1.
With Shah Rukh Khan in attendance, the men in purple did well to put a lid on Hyderabad’s run flow.
Umesh and Boult bowled brilliantly in the first 10 overs with the pair conceding 16 runs in three overs and 10 runs in two overs respectively.
Fit-again Coulter-Nile looked in good shape too, taking the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (24; 26b; 2×4, 1×6) who hit a good length delivery outside off stump straight to Suryakumar Yadav — playing in place of injured Manish Pandey — at extra cover.
In the next over, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla — drafted in for Colin de Grandhomme — scalped the priced wicket of Warner who saw his middle stump uprooted trying to pull a back of a length delivery.
Yuvraj Singh (9; 9b; 2×4) struck two good looking boundaries but fell to Umesh’s guile, pulling a bouncer straight down the throat of Piyush at deep square leg.
With the ball not coming on to the bat, Hyderabad batsmen could never get going. Vijay Shankar and Naman Ojha eked out an expensive over from Boult taking the Kiwi pacer for 13 runs.
But Shankar was out soon with Coulter-Nile taking his wicket only to pull off a superb catch off his own bowling to sent Chris Jordan back in the hut for a golden duck. (IANS Match Report)
Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders
01: 30 AM IST| KKR 48/3. Kolkata Knight Riders eliminate defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, win by 7 wickets
5.2: Jaggi takes a single to short mid wicket; Kolkata Knight Riders win
5.1: Bipul Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Gambhir to square leg
01: 26 AM IST | 5 overs bowled, KKR 46/3. Kolkata Knight Riders need 2 runs in 06 balls
4.6: Jaggi plays a dot of the last ball
4.5: Gambhir takes a single to square of the wicket
4.4: Jaggi flicks to square of the wicket for a single
4.3: Gambir takes a single to backward point
4.2: Gambhir plays a dot
4.1: Rashid Khan continues, starts with 2 runs to cover
01: 22 AM IST | 4 overs bowled, KKR 41/3. Kolkata Knight Riders need 7 runs in 12 balls
3.6: Gambhir takes a single to point; he retains strike
3.5: Jaggi takes a single to deep square leg
3.4: Gambhir takes a single to short fine leg
3.3: SIX! Gambhir gets a maximum to fine leg; KKR need 10 runs to win
3.2: Gambhir cuts the ball to third man for FOUR
3.1: Siddarth Kaul into the attack, starts with a single to third man to Jaggi
01: 15 AM IST | 3 overs bowled, KKR 27/3. Kolkata Knight Riders need 21 runs in 18 balls
2.6: Gambhir plays a dot to end the over
2.5: Gambhir plays a dot
2.5: WIDE! Rashid in pressure
2.4: Gambhir plays a dot
2.3: Gambhir takes a couple to mid off
2.2: Jaggi takes a single
2.1: Rashid Khan into the attack, starts with a single to Gambhir
01: 10 AM IST | 2 overs bowled, KKR 21/3
1.6: Single to Gambhir to end the over
1.5: Top edge from Gambhir goes for SIX; KKR will take that
1.4: Leg Byes (1 run); Gambhir back on strike
1.3: Ishank Jaggi is the new batsman, starts wth a dot ball
1.2: Gambhir takes a single to on side
1.1: WICKET! Robin Uthappa 1(2) hands a simple catch to Shikhar Dhawan. KKR 12/3
1.1: Chris Jordan into the attack, starts with a WIDE ball
01: 04 AM IST | 1 over bowled, KKR 11/2
0.6: Gautam Gambhir gets off with a FOUR of the last ball
0.5: Gautam Gambhir is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball
0.4: WICKET! Yusuf Pathan is run out by Bhuvneshwar Kumar
0.3: WICKET! Chriss Lynn 6(2) departs, outside edge to the keep Naman Ojha
0.2: SIX! Chris Lynn gets off the mark with a maximum over cover point
0.1: Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack, starts with a single to Uthappa to mid off
00: 58 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Kolkata Knight Riders openers Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn are in the middle.
00: 50 AM IST | Rain stops, the covers are off.
Umpires have decided to start the match at 00:55 PM IST. Kolkata Knight Riders will need to chase 48 in 6 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the game
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017
00:01 AM IST | It is still raining in Bengaluru. There will be reductions of overs now if the game begins again.
11: 24 PM IST | It’s raining again now. The covers are staying put. Don’t think the match will begin at 11: 25 PM IST as expected earlier.
11: 10 PM IST | GOOD NEWS! Rain stops, match between Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders to resume shortly; no reduction in overs
10: 35 PM IST | If the game gets marred by rain, these are the conditions by virtue of finishing the game today itself.
- Match begins at 11:50 PM IST if no overs are lost
- Match begins at 00:58 AM IST (May 18) if it gets dissolved to a 5 over game
- Match begins at 01:20 AM IST (May 18) if there is a Super Over
- If even the Super Over is not possible, SunRisers Hyderabad will be declared as the winner over Kolkata Knight Riders by virtue of more points in the IPL points table.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017
09: 58 PM IST | Rain Halts Play! The covers are on and the drizzle just got heavy. Not a very pleasant news
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09: 37 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, SRH 128/7
19.6: WICKET! Naman Ojha 16(16) is caught at short third man off the last ball
19.5: Ojha pulls to deep mid wicket for 2 runs
19.4: Bipul takes a single to mid off
19.3: Ojha takes a single to long off
19.2: Ojha takes 2 runs to long off
19.1: Trent Boult to bowl the last over, starts with a dot ball to Ojha
09: 31 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, SRH 121/6
18.6: Ojha takes a single to deep mid wicket; retains strike
18.5: Bipul gets off the mark with a single to point
18.4: Bipul Sharma is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball
18.3: WICKET! Chris Jordan 0(1) chips the ball in the air and Coulter-Nile takes an excellent catch off his own bowling. SRH 119/6
18.2: Ojha takes a single to deep mid wicket
18.1: Nile into the attack, Vijay Shankar 22(17) mistimes the pull shot and hands an easy catch to Suryakumar Yadav in the deep; SRH 118/5
09: 24 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, SRH 118/4
17.6: Ojha plays a dot of the last ball
17.5: Shankar drives to long off for a single
17.4: Ojha pulls the ball to backward square leg for a single
17.3: SIX! Ojha picks the slow full-length ball over straight boundary for a maximum
17.2: Shankar drives the ball to long on for a single
17.1: Trent Boult into the attack, Shankar plays on the up to straight boundary for FOUR runs
09: 20 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, SRH 105/4
16.6: Dot to finish the over
16.5: Shankar takes a single to short third man
16.4: Ojha cuts to backward point for a single
16.3: Three dot ball in a row; Very good bowling by Narine
16.2: Another dot ball
16.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Ojha
09: 18 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, SRH 103/4
15.6: Shankar plays a dot to end the over
15.6: WIDE! (3 runs); Shankar gets to the strike
15.5: Shankar plays a dot
15.4: Naman Ojha gets off the mark with a single to short fine leg
15.3: WICKET! Yuvraj Singh 9(9) pulls the short ball from Umesh Yadav, ball goes to Piyush Chawla at mid-wicket boundary. SRH 99/4
15.2: Yuvraj plays a dot
15.1: Umesh Yadav back into the attack, starts with a single to Shankar to backward point
09: 10 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, SRH 98/3
14.6: Shankar drives to sweeper cover for a single
14.5: SIX! Shankar gets on one knee and underneath the pitch of the ball for a huge six over deep wicket
14.4: Shankar plays a dot; ball barely missing the outside edge
14.3: Yuvraj pulls the ball to deep mid wicket for a single
14.2: FOUR! Yuvraj hammers the flighted googly to straight boundary
14.1: Piyush Chawla continues, starts with a single to Shankar to sweeper cover
09: 05 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, SRH 85/3
13.6: Dot to finish the over; turn for Narine
13.5: Yuvraj plays a dot
13.4: Shankar takes a single to mid on
13.3: FOUR! Shankar picks the fuller ball and lofts it to deep mid wicket boundary
13.2: Shankar plays another dot
13.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, starts with a dot to Shankar
09: 00 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, SRH 80/3
12.6: Yuvraj plays a dot
12.5: FOUR! Yuvraj Singh gets off the mark with a four to sweeper cover
12.4: Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman, starts with a dot
12.3: Vijay Shankar gets off the mark with a single to long on
12.2: WICKET! David Warner 37(35) is bowled by Chawla; straight and slow ball doing the damage. SRH 75/3
12.1: Piyush Chawla into the attack, starts with a dot ball
08: 55 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, SRH 75/2
11.6: WICKET! Williamson 24(26) hands a simple catch to Suryakumar Yadav at short cover
11.5: Warner takes a quick single to short cover
11.4: Byes(1 run); good slow ball by Nile
11.3: Warner gets an inside edge and single to short third man
11.2: Dot ball for Warner; intelligent bowling by Nile
11.1: Nile continues, starts with a single to Williamson to long one
08: 51 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, SRH 71/1
10.6: SIX! Warner finishes the over with a huge six over long on
10.5: Warner plays a dot
10.4: Williamson drives to cover for a single
10.3: Warner plays to backward square leg for a single
10.2: Warner plays a dot
10.1: Narine into the attack, starts with 2 runs to Warner to leg side
08: 48 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, SRH 61/1
9.6: Warner pulls to long on for a single
9.5: Warner flicks to short mid wicket for a dot ball
9.4: Williamson takes a quick single to first slip
9.3: SIX! Williamson pulls the short ball from Nile over deep square leg for a maximum
9.2: FOUR! Williamson flicks the good length ball from outside off stump to mid wicket boundary
9.1: Nile into the attack, starts with a single to Warner to long-off
08: 40 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, SRH 48/1
8.6: Warner takes a single of the last ball to deep mid wicket
8.5: Williamson plays to short third man for a single
8.4: Williamson plays a dot; he looks a bit edgy tonight. Well flighted delivery by Piyush Chawla
8.3: Warner slaps the ball to long on for a single
8.2: SIX! Warner waits for the half-tracker from Chawla and pulls the ball over long on for a maximum
8.1: Piyush Chawla into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Warner
08: 35 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, SRH 39/1
7.6: Williamson pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run
7.5: Williamson plays to short cover, cannot thread the gap. No run
7.4: Williamson plays another dot; good slow bouncer by Nile
7.3: Williamson plays a dot
7.2: Warner flicks the ball to short fine leg for a quick single
7.1: Coulter-Nile into the attack, starts with a single to Williamson to mid wicket
08: 31 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, SRH 37/1
6.6: Williamson takes a single to mid-on of the last ball
6.5: Williamson plays a dot
6.4: FOUR! Williamson shuffles to leg side to make room and plays inside out to extra cover boundary
6.3: Warner drives the ball to long-on for a single
6.2: Warner drives the ball along the ground to cover, no run
6.1: Yusuf Pathan into the attack, starts with a half tracker. Williamson pulls the ball to mid wicket for a single
08: 27 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, SRH 30/1. End of Power Play
5.6: Williamson gets outside edge, ball goes to short third man; 1 run
5.5: Warner takes a single to cover
5.4: Williamson pushes the ball to long on for a single
5.3: Another dot ball to Williamson
5.2: Williamson plays a dot
5.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Williamson
08: 23 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, SRH 27/1
4.6: Kane Williamson gets off the mark with a single to gully off the last ball
4.5: Dot ball to Kane Williamson
4.4: Kane Williamson is the new batsman, starst with a dot ball
4.3: Warner takes a quick single to off side
4.2: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan 11(13) tries to pull the short ball to mid wicket, gets a top edge and Robin Uthappa completes a very good catch. SRH 25/1
4.1: Umesh Yadav continues, starts with a dot to Dhawan to mid-on
08: 18 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, SRH 25/0
3.6: Dhawan takes a single to short third man of the last ball
3.5: Warner drives the good length ball to cover for a single
3.4: Warner plays a dot
3.3: Dhawan takes a single to mid-on
3.2: Leg Byes (1 run); Warner off the strike
3.1: Trent Boult continues, starts with a single to Dhawan behind wicketkeeper
08: 13 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, SRH 20/0
2.6: Dhawan takes a single to extra cover of the last ball
2.5: FOUR! Dhawan picks the slow short ball and pulls it to backward square leg boundary
2.4: Dhawan plays a dot; good bouncer from Umesh Yadav
2.3: Dhawan plays a dot to short backward point
2.2: Warner plays off the backfoot to slap the ball to mid-off for a single
2.1: Umesh Yadav into the attack, starts with a single to Dhawan to mid off
08: 09 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, SRH 13/0
1.6: Warner smashes the ball along the ground to straight boundary for FOUR of the last ball
1.5: Warner hits down the ground to mid-off, times it too hard. No chance for any run
1.4: Dhawan uses the pace to guide the ball to backward point for a single
1.3: Warner flicks to deep square leg for a single
1.2: Warner plays a dot to short mid wicket
1.1: Trent Boult into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Warner; good seam bowling by Boult
08: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, SRH 7/0
0.6: Warner takes a single of the last ball to short mid on
0.5: FOUR! Width offered outside off stump, Warner shuffles to leg stump and plays over point fielder to extra cover boundary
0.4: Shikhar Dhawan gets off the mark with a single to gully point
0.3: Shikhar Dhawan plays a dot to point
0.2: David Warner gets off the mark with a single to square leg; first runs on board for Sunrisers Hyderabad
0.1: Umesh Yadav to begin the bowling attack for Kolkata Knight Risers, starts with a dot ball to David Warner; bounce and late swing for Umesh Yadav
07: 58 PM IST | The Match Begins! Sunrisers Hyderabad openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are in the middle to start the proceedings. Game on!
07: 48 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Team Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (w), Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult
Team Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Vijay Shankar, Naman Ojha (w), Chris Jordan, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017
07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Kolkata Knight Riders Captain Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Sunrisers Hyderabad at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
07: 20 PM IST | To begin with, One must also note that there is very little that separates Kolkata Knight Riders from Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Contrary to the other IPL editions, M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru has played slow and has been notoriously accommodating the bowlers this season.
Both David Warner and Gautam Gambhir trust their batting strength and will like to chase on Bengaluru track tonight.
When on song both SRH and KKR have enough firepower in their armory to make any wicket look ridiculous.
Expect nothing less tonight.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017
07: 15 PM IST | Sunrisers Hyderabad Overview
Sunrisers Hyderabad is one team that has assuredly grown in stature and form as the IPL 2017 season has progressed.
The strongest part about the SRH is the bursting opening pair of David Warner (604 runs in 14 matches) and Shikhar Dhawan (468 runs in 14 matches) — that can tear apart the opponent with their attacking stroke play early in the match.
With no Kane Williamson in the picture, the middle order of SRH will depend on the likes of all-rounders Yuvraj Singh (243 runs in 11 matches) and Moises Henriques (277 runs in 12 ) and (Deepak Hooda 78 runs in 10 matches) — all so far have been performing a short under par when associated to their reputation.
Coach Tom Moody and VVS Laxman will want both of them to play a more computed inning and secure their way till the very final ball of the match.
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be very pleased with the way Mohammed Siraj — 4 wickets for 32 runs — bowled against Gujarat Lions in their final league game.
Good form of Siraj takes away the stress of SRH who is heavily reliant on Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25 wickets from 14 matches) and the Afghan IPL entrant Rashid Khan (17 wickets from 14 matches) in their bowling department.
Together the two play a very prominent role in providing early wickets and check the run flow during the crucial phase of the match.
Hyderabad is a strong unit and has already proved that last year. All they need tonight is to carry forward the all-round execution and let their game do the talking.
07: 10 PM IST | Kolkata Knight Riders Overview
KKR will enter the game with fresh scars they suffered in their last game against Mumbai Indians that cost them a chance to the make it to the final two teams in the points table before the playoffs.
Having said that, no one can rule out the fact that Gautam Gambhir led Knight Riders is still the most destructive side in the tournament with enough of arsenal to take the game away from the opposition in a fraction of the time.
Starting with the openers, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are responsible for denting the opponents in the Power Play — they have been successful more often than not.
The surprise trump card of playing Sunil Narine — 214 runs in 14 games — up the order in absence of Chris Lynn while he was injured is touted as the masterstroke of this IPL season.
Lynn exposed his intentions as early as their first game of the season with unbeaten 93 off 41 balls against Gujarat Lions. The fearsome right-handed Australian has so far hovered 285 runs in 5 matches to speak in volume of the pain he can inflict on SRH bowlers if he gets going tonight as well.
The sudden outbreak in the Power Play is then cashed by incoming Gautam Gambhir (454 runs in 14 matches) and Robin Uthappa (386 runs in 12 matches) in the later half of the game.
The middle order of Knight Riders is led by Manish Pandey — 396 runs in 14 matches — who can anchor as well as lead the onslaught along with Yusuf Pathan during the death overs of the game.
Another major boost that we keep talking about is the way KKR speedsters — Umesh Yadav (14 wickets), Nathan Coulter-Nile (11 wickets) and Chris Woakes (17 wickets) — have flourished this season.
Besides that, Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav with 22 wickets between themselves are handy to get away with the middle overs without dropping too many runs.
In total, Kolkata Knight Riders look a very resolved side and is a top contender for the coveted IPL 2017 trophy. All the team needs to practice at the hour is — restrained aggression.
07: 00 PM IST| Hello and a very warm welcome to our live IPL blog for the first Eliminator of the 2017 Vivo IPL between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders M Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bengaluru.