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IPL 2017, Highlights, SRH vs KKR, eliminator in Bengaluru: Kolkata win by 7 wickets, enter 2nd qualifier

Catch the live updates of the IPL 2017 eliminator, with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) taking on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

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IPL 2017, Highlights, SRH vs KKR, eliminator in Bengaluru: Kolkata win by 7 wickets, enter 2nd qualifier

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May 18, 2017 - 01:54 (IST)

That's it from us in our coverage of the IPL 2017 eliminator, with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) emerging on top thanks to some disciplined bowling by the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, as well as some help from the rain gods. And so ends the run of defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in this tournament, though they ensured they gave KKR a good scare in their chase of the curtailed target. 

We shall return for the coverage of the next clash, with KKR taking on Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier at this very venue on Friday. KKR will look to avenge the twin losses to Rohit Sharma and Co in the group stages of this year's tournament in what promises to be a cracker of a contest. 

Till then, we bid you goodnight! 

May 18, 2017 - 01:43 (IST)

Nathan Coulter-Nile wins the Man of the Match award for his figures of 3/20 from four overs. 

May 18, 2017 - 01:37 (IST)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar ends this IPL season with 26 wickets which is the most by an Indian bowler in an IPL season. The previous most was 24 by Harbhajan Singh in 2013.

May 18, 2017 - 01:36 (IST)

There was only one team who had won the eliminator and gone on to win the IPL. It was Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 and now they are eliminated.

May 18, 2017 - 01:36 (IST)

So SRH are eliminated from IPL. They will have reasons to feel a bit aggrieved having to come out there and bowl those six overs at a strong KKR batting line up. It would have taken a miracle to defend 48 in six overs. Having said that, Gambhir and his team deserved all the luck for the way they performed in the field. They read the conditions well, chose the right bowlers and executed their plans to perfection. Their next qualifier against MI could be a cracker.

May 18, 2017 - 01:34 (IST)

KKR wins! A captain's innings from Gambhir. The KKR fans are waving the flags happily. SRH fans are understandably glum. A number of them are cursing the rain for the defeat.

May 18, 2017 - 01:34 (IST)

After 6 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 48/3 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 32 , Ishank Jaggi 5)

And that's that, the defending champions are out of it, Bipul Sharma bowling the final over of the truncated chase and first Gambhir, then Jaggi, working singles calmly off the first two balls, to win with four balls still to spare.

SRH should be aware of the irony -- the shortened nature of the game seemed to make KKR's task harder, since they had to score at 8 RPO, but with wickets in hand, all it ever took was for one batsman to stick, and Gambhir is built for such occasions. 

But what if?

What if the chase was for 128? Could SRH's bowling mastery have made something of it, particularly given how the KKR chase began here? We'll never know. But there's this: KKR deserved to win this; they bossed the entire first innings, and despite hiccups early in the chase, Gambhir had the ability, and the nerve, to calm things down and guide his team home.

May 18, 2017 - 01:28 (IST)

That's it! Gambhir and Jaggi collect singles in the final over of their innings to guide KKR home by seven wickets! The defending champions have been knocked out of the tournament!

The Knight Riders now face bete noire Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier two days later! 

May 18, 2017 - 01:28 (IST)

After 5 overs,Kolkata Knight Riders 46/3 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 31 , Ishank Jaggi 4)

Rashid Khan is the one SRH pick to bowl a second over -- per the rules, four bowlers get an over each, one bowler can bowl two. Not that it really matters -- defending seven off two overs is a task too far for anyone.

Gambhir starts with an inside out lofted drive for two over cover; plays out the second ball and then picks the googly and cuts it to point for one. Jaggi rolls the strike back over to his captain with a guided drive to wide point; Gambhir gets foxed on an attempt to cut as the ball turns sharply into him but still manages to work it away for one and at the end of that over, KKR need two, with six balls and seven wickets in hand. Easy peasy, this, makes you wonder what the havoc in the first eight balls was all about.

KKR need 2 to win from 6 balls

May 18, 2017 - 01:27 (IST)

Rashid bowls his second over, and gives away just five off it. The game still is KKR's to lose, and it will take a miraculous over, most probably by Bhuvneshwar, to keep SRH in the tournament. KKR 46/3 after 5 overs, need 2 to win from 6 balls.

Latest higlights: And that's that, the defending champions are out of it, Bipul Sharma bowling the final over of the truncated chase and first Gambhir, then Jaggi, working singles calmly off the first two balls, to win with four balls still to spare.

SRH should be aware of the irony -- the shortened nature of the game seemed to make KKR's task harder, since they had to score at 8 RPO, but with wickets in hand, all it ever took was for one batsman to stick, and Gambhir is built for such occasions.

But what if?

What if the chase was for 128? Could SRH's bowling mastery have made something of it, particularly given how the KKR chase began here? We'll never know. But there's this: KKR deserved to win this; they bossed the entire first innings, and despite hiccups early in the chase, Gambhir had the ability, and the nerve, to calm things down and guide his team home.

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Bengaluru: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will have to get back to their winning ways when they take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday.

The winner of of the match will face the loser of Qualifier 1 between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant on May 19 in Qualifier 2, which will decide the second participant of the final on May 21.

KKR, who lost four out of seven matches in the latter half of the season, will have to play out of their skins to make it to the second qualifier.

IPL 2017 Highlights SRH vs KKR eliminator in Bengaluru Kolkata win by 7 wickets enter 2nd qualifier

David Warner and Gautam Gambhir, captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders. Sportzpics

In the last game against Mumbai Indians, their batting looked to have run out of patience and were guilty of poor shot selection more often than not.

KKR were the team to beat early on in the season but they seemed to have peaked too early.

The likes of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine will have their task cut out at the top of the order with the likes of India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on song having 25 scalps this seasons in 13 games and pacer Mohammed Siraj, who was bought for Rs 2.6 crore by SRH after his brilliant bowling in domestic matches, taking four wickets in the must-win game against Gujarat Lions to help Hyderabad qualify for the play-offs, in their ranks.

Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has also been a revelation, bagging 17 wickets so far.

Besides Lynn and Narine, KKR have Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa, who have scored 396 and 386 runs respectively.

Gambhir too was in form in the first half of the season but seemed a off-colour in the business end and the skipper, who is placed in the third spot in the most runs list with 454 runs, will hope to led from the front.

As far as KKR's bowling is concerned, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav have been on song, but will have to stop red-hot David Warner.

Sunrisers, on the other hand, won eight games while lost five in their 14 league games to end the league stage at third position with 17 points.

The team cemented their play-offs berth on the back of a resounding eight-wicket win over Gujarat in their last league match.

Skipper Warner has been at his imperious best, scoring 600-plus runs in back-to-back seasons.

He was the league's second-highest run-scorer during the franchise's maiden triumph last year.

Southpaw Shikhar Dhawan has found form too.

Dhawan has scored 468 runs so far this season, which forced selectors to pick him for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

Hyderabad would also like Yuvraj Singh, who started the season with a bang hammering 70 not out in the tournament opener against Bangalore, to get runs. He has aggregated only 243 runs from 11 matches with a couple of half-centuries.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh.

With inputs from IANS

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