After rain delayed the start of second innings, Kolkata Knight Riders were given a target of 48 in six overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 Eliminator match at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. The two-time champions completed the target in 5.2 overs with seven wickets in hand and with that advance to play Qualifier 2 against Mumbai Indians. Meanwhile, defending champions Sunrisers were eliminated out of the tournament. You can watch video highlights of SRH vs KKR here.
Heavy showers delayed start of KKR’s chase and eventually resulted in the curtailment of overs. Thankfully, the advanced drainage system at the Chinnaswamy Stadium helped the game to resume despite heavy rains. Also Check- SRH vs KKR Eliminator: Nathan Coulter-Nile takes a spectacular catch, watch highlights
KKR’s chase then began on a shaky note losing two wickets in the first over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar first had Chris Lynn (6) caught behind and then on next ball ran Yusuf Pathan (0) out in his follow-through. SRH further dented KKR as Chris Jordan, playing his first game of the season, removed Robin Uthappa (1). At fall of Uthappa’s wicket, KKR’s score read 12 for three.
The target for Knight Riders was not a big one, but Sunrisers tried hard to make a game out of it. Captain Gautam Gambhir, however, ensured that his team get the required runs without any fuss. The left-hander added 36 runs for the fourth wicket with Ishank Jaggi (5 not out) and scored unbeaten 32. Also Check- SRH vs KKR IPL 2017 Eliminator Full Scorecard
Earlier, put to bat Sunrisers were restricted to a below par total thanks to disciplined bowling effort by Knight Riders. Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile finished with figures of 3/20 in his quota of four overs. Umesh Yadav picked two wickets while Trent Boult and Piyush Chawla chipped in with a wicket each.
Both teams were forced to make changes to their last playing XIs due to injury concerns. While Yuvraj Singh returned for SRH, Manish Pandey missed out for KKR. Skipper David Warner was the top scorer for SRH with 37 off 35 balls as none other batsmen got going.