Will Dinesh Karthik & Co beat table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad and enter the play-offs? Read the preview here.
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“At the end of the day, we strive for a playoff spot. At the end of 14 games if the combination doesn’t set, then we’re doing something wrong (laughs). It’s good to see we are pulling back games. Touch wood, I’d like to think we’re peaking at the right time. Feels good to be here,” says KKR captain Dinesh Karthik.
“We didn’t think about losing. Wanted to play to our potential, and that’s what we did. Did fantastic with the ball, after they were 140-odd in 14 overs. Sensational by the bowlers. We’ve been chasing well too, so critical for us to build partnerships. It came on much better. I’m pretty happy to get a string of scores, but I definitely want to get a lot more,” says KKR vice-captain Robin Uthappa.
“A few more runs would’ve been handy. We were on target for 200, but well done by KKR to pull things back. Some character showed by our boys. It’s playoff cricket, so we need to stick to our strengths. We were just a fraction off the mark. We just needed one more partnership to put the foot on their throat, but they did bowl well. We’ve played on such a variety of surfaces, and that’s been a strength of ours actually. We just need to do a couple of adjustments,” says SRH captain Kane Williamson.
Game over as Kolkata beat Hyderabad by five wickets to spare. They are through to the play-offs as they join Chennai and Hyderabad. One more spot on the offer now.
Rana goes after smashing Brathwaite for a four. Kolkata need one run to win the match with four balls to go. Bhuveneshwar Kumar takes an easy catch in the end.
Rana b Brathwaite c Bhuvneshwar 7 (5b)
After 19 overs, KKR 168/4
Kolkata need five runs from six balls. Victory assures them off a spot in the play-offs. What a win this will be for the Knight Riders.
Karthik 25 (20b)
Rana 3 (3b)
After 18 overs, KKR 163/4
Kolkata need 10 runs in 12 balls with Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana out there. Hyderabad may have lost the plot early on thanks to the heroics of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine.
Russell departs. Kaul bags his second wicket of the night as the West Indies all-rounder was looking to clear the boundary. Manish Pandey with yet another catch. Kolkata need 13 runs from 14 balls. Out comes Nitish Rana for Kolkata.
Russell b Kaul c Pandey 4 (4b)
Uthappa goes. Brathwaite strikes in his second over. Easy catch Goswami as Uthappa walk backs towards the pavilion. Kolkata need 23 runs in 21 balls.
Uthappa b Brathwaite c Goswami 45 (34b)
After 16 overs, KKR 147/2
Uthappa smashes Rashid Khan for a four and then backs it up with a huge six. He races to 45 in 32 balls. Khan goes for 15 runs in that over.
After 15 overs, KKR 132/2
Dinesh Karthik promotes himself up the order. The moves seems to have worked as he smashes Bhuvi for huge six. 11 runs come off that over as Kolkata are now 41 runs away from victory.
Lynn finally falls. The Australian does his job as he walks back after striking a brilliant 55. Kaul gets his first wicket of the match with Manish Pandey taking an outstanding catch in the deep. Kolkata need 54 runs in 41 balls.
Lynn b Kaul c Pandey 55 (43b)
After 13 overs, KKR 119/1
The Hyderabad bowlers have been disappointing off late. Kane Williamson and coach Tom Moody will want to address this issue after the match. Kolkata need 54 runs in 42 balls.
Lynn 55 (42b)
Uthappa 31 (26b)
After 11 overs, KKR 100/1
Lynn reaches his 50 as 100 comes up for Kolkata. Another stellar performance by the Australian cricketer. How good has he been for Kolkata this season despite his injuries.
After 10 overs, KKR 90/1
At the halfway mark, Kolkata are 83 runs away from a victory. If they win, they are assured of a spot in the play-offs. Lynn and Uthappa will look to take the team home and not give away their wickets.
Lynn 43 (35b)
Uthappa 14 (16b)
After 8 overs, KKR 80/1
Kolkata are cruising at the moment. They are striking at 10 runs per over. They need 93 runs in 72 balls. Uthappa and Lynn getting the ocassional boundaries as they are batting with ease out there.
After 6 overs, KKR 66/1
Siddarth Kaul delviers a tidy second over as six runs come off it. Lynn and Uthappa look rock steady out there. Kane Williamson needs to put his thinking cap on.
Lynn 27 (18b)
Uthappa 6 (8b)
After 5 overs, KKR 60/1
Kolkata need 113 runs in 90 balls. Lynn and Uthappa steady the ship after Narine’s departure. Superb stuff this by Kolkata as Hyderabad are looking for wickets.
Narine falls. A crucial wicket this for Hyderabad as Shakib strikes. Easy catch for Manish Pandey as Narine goes for 29 in 10 balls.
Narine b Shakib c Pandey 29 (10b)
After 3 overs, KKR 41/0
Siddarth Kaul gives away 11 runs in the over as Lynn smashes him for a four and a six. Superb batting this by Lynn and Narine. Kolkata are on course for their third win on the trot as of now.
After 2 overs, KKR 30/0
Sandeep Sharma is taken to the cleaners as Sunil Narine smashes him for 20 runs. Three boundaries on the trot and then ends the over with a huge six. Just the start for Kolkata.
After 1 over, KKR 10/0
Lynn smashes Bhuvi for two boundaries as Kolkata begin their run chase on a positive note. Hyderabad will be looking at early wickets if they are to win this match.
Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine come out for Kolkata. The duo will be looking to give Kolkata a flying start. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the balling for Hyderabad.
After 20 overs, SRH 172/9
Bhuvi is run out as Hyderabad reach 172 in their 20 overs. Kolkata will be proud with their performance towards the end. A superb chase on the cards.
Prasidh gets his fourth as Rashid Khan falls for duck. Dinesh Karthik takes another catch.
Rashid b Prasidh c Karthik 0 (1b)
Prasidh gets his third wicket of the night as Shakib falls for ten. A short ball that is pulled. This time Narine makes a mess of it.
Shakib b Prasidh c Narine 10 (7b)
Pandey falls as Prasidh strikes in his final over. Rinku Singh takes a beautiful catch in the deep. Hyderabad have lost the plot towards the end after their brilliant start.
Pandey b Prasidh c Rinku 25 (22b)
After 19 overs, SRH 168/5
The last 24 balls have seen Hyderabad score 27 runs. Kolkata have taken three wickets during this period. A good game of cricket this.
Brathwaite falls. Russell strikes with Dinesh Karthik taking an easy catch in the end. Kolkata will be happy with their performance towards the end.
Brathwaite b Karthik c Russell 3 (4b)
After 18 overs, SRH 161/4
Prasidh Krishna gives away 10 runs in his third over as Manish Pandey and Carlos Brathwaite try hitting the ball out of the park.
Yusuf Pathan falls as Narine strikes in his final over. Pathan lofts one with Uthappa taking an easy catch in the deep. Kolkata finally hitting their stride.
Yusuf b Narine c Uthappa 2 (4b)
Dhawan falls. Prasidh bags the wicket with a clever slower ball. Dhawan misses the big slog as the ball crashes into the pads. Just the wicket Kolkata were looking for.
Dhawan lbw Prasidh 50 (39b)
After 14 overs, SRH 133/2
Dhawan brings up his 50 of 38 balls. This is his 32nd IPL fifty. Superb batting by the India opener. His innings include five fours and a huge six.
Dhawan 50 (38b)
Pandey 4 (4b)
Searless strikes to dismiss Kane Williamson. Easy catch for Russell in the end. That was a slower delivery by Searless as Williamson had to reach for it.
Williamson b Searless c Russell 36 (17b)
After 12.4 overs, SRH 125/2
Dhawan dropped on 43 as Sunil Narine fails to grab the catch. He completely misreads it. How costly will that drop be? Only time will tell. Searles goes for back-to-back sixes as Williamson tears into him.
After 11 overs, SRH 104/1
Williamson gets into the act as he smashes Kuldeep for a hug six. Hyderbad cross the 100-run mark as well with Kolkata are looking at a huge target at this moment.
After 10 overs, SRH 92/1
It is advantage Hyderabad at the halfway mark as Kolkata will look to regroup. This is not the start they were hoping for. Williamson and Dhawan out there with both looking to score big.
Kuldeep Yadav strikes in his second over. Gets Shreevats Goswami who was batting well. Brilliant catch by Russell in the deep.
Goswami b Kuldeep c Russell 35 (26b)
After 8 overs, SRH 76/0
Hyderabad are cruising at the moment. They have already qualified for the play-offs mind you. However, they have lost their previous two matches. A win today will give them the momentum required going into the eliminators.
After 6 overs, SRH 60/0
Nine runs come off Narine’s second over as Dhawan smashes him for a huge six. The power play comes to an end as Kolkata fail to bag a wicket in the first six overs. Dinesh Karthik will not be a happy man.
After 5 overs, SRH 51/0
Chawla goes for 11 in his first over as Hyderabad cross the 50-run mark. Kolkata need a bunch of wickets now.
Dhawan 20 (15b)
Goswami 24 (16b)
After 4 overs, SRH 40/0
Sunil Narine pulls things back for Kolkata as four runs come off his over. Dhawan and Goswami have given Hyderabad a flying start.
After 3 overs, SRH 36/0
Andre Russell also delivers an expensive over as 20 runs come off it. Shreevats Goswami shows his class by smashing him for a huge six and two boundaries in the over. Dhawan looks impressed at the other end. Kolkata need wickets.
After 2 overs, SRH 16/0
An expensive first over by Krishna as 16 runs come off it including two boundaries. Dhawan is looking dangerous out there. Kolkata need to get his wicket early on.
After 1 over, SRH 5/0
A positive start for Kolkata as five runs come off Rana’s first over. A superb boundary by Dhawan though. Prasidh Krishna to bowl the second over.
Shikhar Dhawan and Shreevats Goswami come out to open for Hyderabad. Nitish Rana to bowl the first over for Kolkata. Will this move come good for Knight Riders?
Sunrisers Hyderabad playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Sidharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvi Kumar
Kolkata playing XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the toss and have opted to bat first.
Two changes for Hyderabad as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Carlos Brathwaite are in. Alex Hales and Basil Thampi miss out.
Piyush Chawla comes in for Shivam Mavi.
07:15 pm: The form of their bowlers will be a cause of concern for Hyderabad. They have conceded more than 180 in their last three matches.
07:00 pm: Kolkata have not won more than two matches on the trot. They have won their last two matches – against Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals. So can they register their first hat-trick of wins this season?
Sunrisers Hyderabad won: 5
Kolkata Knight Riders won: 8
06:30 pm: Hyderabad were the first team to secure a top-two berth in the standings. After six wins on the trot, Hyderabad have lost their last two matches. Kolkata are on 14 points, and a win in this match will guarantee them a place in the top four.