The eliminator game saw two evenly matched team’s slug it out for a place in the Qualifier 2 as Kolkata Knight Riders played Sunrisers Hyderabad at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi. The Sunrisers came out on top with bowling resources once again delivering a first-rate performance against Kolkata Knight Riders and defended a modest total on a slow surface that did resemblance to the pitches produced this season at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The fielding was absolutely splendid for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they created a lot of chances and held on to their catches in a must win encounter to secure their place in the Qualifier 2 where they will meet Gujarat Lions at the Feroz Shah Kotla,Delhi on Friday. It was a match where runs were not easy to come by, as Yuvraj Singh stood up and delivered a well-crafted innings of 44 runs off 30 balls and showed signs of past that once made him most destructive batsman in one day international cricket. He also contributed with his fielding as his direct hit from backward point saw Sunrisers Hyderabad get a crucial wicket of Colin Munro to put pressure on Kolkata Knight Riders.
David Warner was superb with his tactics on the field as he kept making crucial changes to put pressure on Kolkata Knight Riders. Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again was the pick of bowlers as he took three wickets and conceded just 19 runs to take his side to a well-deserved win over two time champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Though Manish Pandey and SuryaKumar Yadav did try to show some fight with a 46 run partnership but in the end asking rate was too high as they perished trying to go for big runs at the end overs. Mustafizur Rahman once again bowled well and did execute his game plans to a tee in the death overs.
Earlier in the day, Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field first as Sunrisers Hyderabad batted first on a slow surface. Shikhar Dhawan departed early for 10 after being dismissed by pace bowler Morne Morkel. David Warner also got off to a good start but failed to convert into a big score as he was bowled by left arm orthodox spinner Kuldeep Yadav.Moises Henriques played an aggressive innings of 31 runs and tried to get some quick runs to gain momentum for his side in later stages of the innings. When it seemed he was set for a good score he also departed as Yadav struck again to get his second wicket. Yuvraj Singh played a splendid knock under pressure and was well supported by Deepak Honda who made 21 runs before getting out trying to go for big hits.Bipul Sharma did strike two sixes off Morne Morkel in the penultimate over to give his Sunrisers Hyderabad momentum going into the second half.
The other batsman for Kolkata Knight Riders could not pull in with big performances as cricketing fans await a new champion in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.