Knight Riders win two-day T20 match to knock out Sunrisers and progress to qualifier 2

The match began at 8pm on Wednesday night (May 17) and finished at around 1.30am on Thursday morning (May 18), as a three-and-a-half-hour rain delay changed the entire complexion of the Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). A 20-over match was reduced to a six-over match, to win which Knight Riders needed to score 48 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis (DL) method.

At a venue like the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, this was too small a target, particularly for a batting line-up as accomplished as KKR’s is. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck twice in the first over of this truncated match, getting Chris Lynn caught behind on the third delivery and then running out Yusuf Pathan off his own bowling on his follow-through. Knight Riders, though, collected 11 runs off the UP seamer’s over.

Chris Jordan fortuitously dismissed Robin Uthappa, who holed out to deep mid-wicket. Knight Riders were 12/3, yet needed only a few hits to the boundary to take themselves into qualifier 2. And, with their captain making 32 off 19 balls and ensuring no further loss of wickets, Kolkata beat Hyderabad by seven wickets and with four balls to spare, by D/L method.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, for taking 3/20 in a four-over spell, was awarded the man-of-the-match.

On a pitch which was not a batsman’s friend, Sunrisers had made a below par 128/7  batting first after losing the toss in what was a Twenty20 match to begin with. Fluency was one word you could never associate with any of the batsmen, including the leading run scorer of IPL 2017, David Warner. As a bowler, if you bowled short and into the pitch, the ball came slowly off the surface and the batsmen had difficulty in manoeuvring it to different parts of the ground. And Knight Riders, with three genuinely quick bowlers, Umesh Yadav, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile, just did not bowl full and make life easier for the batsman.

Just 14 boundaries (9×4 and 5×6) were hit by the Sunrisers, who also had only one 50-run partnership, between Warner and Kane Williamson for the second wicket, emphasising the nature of the pitch and also the disciplined bowling performance from the Knight Riders bowlers. Warner and Williamson fell in the space of three balls (12.2 and 11.6, respectively) in looking to up the ante, and only Vijay Shankar (22 runs off 17 balls), thereafter, looked capable of taking his team to a score of around 140.

But the considerable lack of support from the other end, including someone of the stature of Yuvraj Singh, meant that the Tamilnadu all-rounder was under pressure to look for runs. In trying to hit Coulter-Nile straight down the ground, Shankar was dismissed on the first ball of the 19th over, and only 10 more runs were added off the last 10 balls of the innings.

Knight Riders’s bowlers bowled to a definite plan, as they tucked the batsmen up and offered little to no room outside the off stump. Yes, the odd ball was bowled short by the wrist spinner, Piyush Chawla, and Warner did cash in on the loose delivery. But even with a couple of big hits to and over the boundary, the innings run rate barely got over six runs per over and this was a testament to how well the fourth-placed team from the league stage bowled on a pitch which was conducive to the kind of bowlers they had picked in their playing XI.

Hyderabad vs Kolkata, Eliminator scorecard

Playing XIs

Sunrisers: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Vijay Shankar, 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Chris Jordan, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Bipul Sharma, and 11. Siddarth Kaul

Knight Riders: 1. Gautam Gambhir (c), 2. Chris Lynn, 3. Robin Uthappa (wk), 4. Ishank Jaggi, 5. Yusuf Pathan, 6. Trent Boult, 7. Sunil Narine, 8. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Piyush Chawla, and 11. Suryakumar

Scores

Sunrisers: 128/7 (Warner 37; Coulter-Nile 3/20 and Umesh 2/21)
KKR: 48/3 (Gambhir 32*; Jordan 1/9)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) innings (toss: Kolkata, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
David Warner bowled Chawla 37 (35) 2 2 105.71
Shikhar Dhawan caught Uthappa, bowled Umesh 11 (13) 1 0 84.61
Kane Williamson caught Suryakumar, bowled Coulter-Nile 24 (26) 2 1 92.30
Yuvraj Singh caught Chawla, bowled Umesh 9 (9) 2 0 100.00
Vijay Shankar caught Suryakumar, bowled Coulter-Nile 22 (17) 2 1 129.41
Naman Ojha caught Lynn, bowled Boult 16 (16) 0 1 100.00
Chris Jordan caught and bowled Coulter-Nile 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Bipul Sharma not out 2 (3) 0 0 66.66
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul
Extras: 7 (4 wides and 3 leg byes)
SRH’s total: 128/6 in 20 overs, at 6.40 runs per over
SRH’s fall of wickets: 25/1 (Dhawan, 4.2), 75/2 (Williamson, 11.6), 75/3 (Warner, 12.2), 99/4 (Yuvraj, 15.3), 118/5 (Shankar, 18.1), 119/6 (Jordan, 18.3), and 128/6 (Ojha, 19.6)
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Umesh Yadav 4 12 21 2 5.25
Trent Boult 4 8 30 1 7.50
Sunil Narine 4 13 20 0 5.00
Yusuf Pathan 1 2 7 0 7.00
Nathan Coulter-Nile 4 12 20 3 5.00
Piyush Chawla 3 7 27 1 9.00
Kolkata innings (D/L target: 48 runs in 6 overs, at 8.00 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Robin Uthappa caught Dhawan, bowled Jordan 1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Chris Lynn caught Ojha, bowled Bhuvneshwar 6 (2) 0 1 300.00
Yusuf Pathan run out by Bhuvneshwar 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Gautam Gambhir not out 32 (19) 2 2 168.42
Ishank Jaggi not out 5 (8) 0 0 62.50
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Suryakumar Yadav, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, and Trent Boult
Extras: 4 (3 wides and 1 leg bye)
KKR’s total: 48/3 in 5.2 overs, at 9.00 runs per over
KKR’s fall of wickets: 7/1 (Uthappa, 0.3), 7/2 (Yusuf, 0.4), 12/3 (Uthappa, 1.1),
Hyderabad bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1 3 11 1 11.00
Chris Jordan 1 3 9 1 9.00
Rashid Khan 2 5 11 0 5.50
Siddarth Kaul 1 0 14 0 14.00
Bipul Sharma 0.2 0 2 0 6.00

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