NEW DELHI: Two time champions Kolkata Knight Riders' campaign in Indian Premier
League 9 ended after going down to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 22 runs in the
eliminator here on Wednesday.
Famed Hyderabad's bowling line-up
led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar with three wickets, proved too good for the KKR
batsmen, who failed to put up a fight to finish at 140/8 in their 20
Chasing 163, KKR were off an identical start as Hyderabad
losing in-form opener Robin Uthappa (11) cheaply before skipper Gautam
Gambhir (28) and all-rounder Colin Munroe (16) took the team to 46/1 in
Gambhir and Munroe batted sensibly to put on 38
runs for the second wicket before the New Zealander perished to a silly
run out off a sensational throw from Yuvraj Singh.
Playing at his
home ground, Gambhir failed to read the bounce of the Kotla track as he
miscued a short delivery from Ben Cutting.
With KKR needing 99
from the last 10 overs, the team landed in further trouble as incoming
batsman Yusuf Pathan (2) fell to a beautiful running catch from
Bhuvneshwar Kumar off Moises Henriques.
Next in Manish Pandey (36) and Suryakumar Yadav (23) batted sensibly to take the team past the 100-run mark by the 14th over.
who survived a scare on 15, when pacer Mustafizur Rahman dropped him at
the third man boundary, could add only eight runs before a brilliant
running catch from Shikhar Dhawan off Henriques ended the 46-run fifth
Requiring 39 from the last three, Pandey, in his
attempt to cope with the growing run-rate fell to a miscued shot off
Bhuvneshwar after adding only 10 runs with Rajagopal Sathish (8).
hopes of reaching the second qualifier fading, West Indian Jason Holder
(6) joined Sathish but the duo could do little as Bhuvneshwar packed
them off in the last over.
Tailenders Sunil Narine and Morne
Morkel failed to trouble the scores as the side fell short by 22 runs to
bow out of the cash-rich tournament.
For Hyderabad, Bhuvneshwar
was the wrecker-in-chief with three wickets while Henriques took two.
Cutting and Barinder Sran chipped in with a wicket each.
Earlier, KKR restricted Sunrisers to 162/8 after sending them to bat.
Yadav put up yet another impressive show with three wickets to break
the backbone of the Sunrisers batting, who were off to a disappointing
Yuvraj (44) and Henriques (31) top-scored for Hyderabad
after the side lost the key wicket of in-form opener Dhawan (10)
After losing Dhawan, skipper David Warner (28), who was
dropped by Pathan in the fifth over, resurrected the innings with
incoming batsman Henriques to take the team to 43/1 in the powerplay.
the Australians pounced on the easy offerings from the KKR bowlers to
raise a 59-run stand for the second wicket before Henriques was
brilliantly caught and bowled by Yadav.
struggling at 71/3 after 10 overs, incoming batsmen Yuvraj and Deepak
Hooda (21) took the attack to the opposition with some glorious shots to
take the team past the 100-run mark at the start of the 15th over.
left-right combination went on milking runs at will before the Haryana
batter threw away his wicket to a silly run-out ending the 49-run fourth
Coming in next, Aussie all-rounder Cutting failed
to trouble the scorers as Yadav packed him with the first ball of his
second spell to be beautifully stumped by Uthappa.
Naman Ojha (7) then joined Yuvraj in the middle and the duo added a
quickfire 21 runs for the sixth wicket before the Punjab southpaw was
clean bowled by Jason Holder.
All-rounder Bipul Sharma (14) hit a couple of lusty sixes off Morne Morkel in the final over to take Hyderabad to 162/8.
For KKR, Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while Holder and Morkel chipped in with two wickets each.
Sunrisers will now take on Gujarat Lions in the second qualifier on
Friday for a place in Sunday's final against Royal Challengers
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 162/8 (Yuvraj Singh
44, Moises Henriques 31, David Warner 28, Kuldeep Yadav 3/35) vs
Kolkata Knight Riders 140/8 (Manish Pandey 36, Gautam Gambhir 28,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/19, Moises Henriques 2/19)