Kolkata nicks elimination match against Hyderabad

 . Last updated on May 18, 2017, 2:29 PM
Kolkata nicks elimination match against Hyderabad
Gautam Gambhir’s 32 was all that salvaged his team to next stage.


The rain could have been a bane for Kolkata Knight Riders. If the match was washed out, Kolkata would have finished fourth on the point chart, with almost no hope to break into the final. But the rain made them to win the match in 5.2 overs through Duckworth-Lewis method. It was also their strong play in the previous inning that restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a minimal figure of 128. It was decent, but Kolkata accelerated their chase such that they chased 48 of it even before the powerplay was done.

Gautam Gambhir, worked out the model keeping in mind the certainty of rain stopping the inning mid-way. He knew, the result might somehow trickle down to D/L method. Hence, there was no rest. Kolkata lost 3 wickets for 12 runs in 1.1 overs, all trying to hammer whatever they can.

Hyderabad was headstrong with David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan, but the strike rate was slow. When Warner left the crease at 37, it was the 13th over and his team only reach 75. The innings lacked partnerships and none of the batmen could score better runs off Kolkata bowlers. Nathan-Coulter Nile and Umesh Yadav ripped apart the line-up to slog the top and middle order. Naman Ojha was removed in the last ball of the inning.

In the chase, Kolkata rather seemed attacked with panic. Top order wanted to play aggressive but fell early without any contribution. Lynn hammered a six in the only ball he played. In the next, he was caught in a similar attempt. Yusuf Pathan came and went with a duck and Robin Uthappa played only a single ball taking a first single run, being gone in the first ball of the next over.

It was the captain, Gambhir, who stopped the woes and began to strike heavy. He plundered 2 fours and 2 sixes for his unbeaten 32 off 19 balls. By the time downpours began, Kolkata reached its requirement. With DL method, Kolkata won by 7 wickets with 4 balls remaining.

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