Delhi: Sunrisers hyderabad defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs on Wednesday in Delhi. Hyderabad will now play semi-final against Gujarat Lions in the second qualifier on Friday.
After putting on 162/8, riding on Yuvraj Singh’s 30-ball 44, Sunrisers came up with a fine bowling performance and accurate catching to restrict KKR to 140 for eight to progress to second qualifier for the first time since making their debut in 2013.
Chasing the target, KKR did not have the best of starts as they lost Robin Uthappa (11) early, caught by Moises Henriques in second over.
In-form KKR captain Gautam Gambhir (28) and Colin Munro (16) then stitched a 38-run partnership before Yuvraj brilliance on the field led to the dismissal of the latter.
Yuvraj caught Munro short of the crease with a direct hit from the point with just one stump to aim at as KKR slumped to 53 for two after seven overs.
To make matters worse for KKR, Gambhir returned to the pavilion an over later.
Manish Pandey (36) and Suryakumar Yadav (23) then put on 46-runs for the fifth wicket to keep KKR in the hunt.
Earlier, young spinner kuldeep yadav took three wickets as Kolkata Knight Riders produced a fine bowling performance to restrict Hyderabad to a manageable total.
Kuldeep returned with figures of 3/35 to deny Sunrisers a huge total and was ably supported by Morne Morkel (2/31) and Jason Holder (2/33).
Warner and Moises Henriques then stitched a fine 59-run stand for the second wicket that came off 46 balls to stabilize Sunrisers innings before Kuldeep scalped two wickets in consecutive balls to derail the Hyderabad outfit.
Henriques (31 off 21 balls) became Kuldeep’s first victim as the batsman gave a straight forward catch back to the bowler in search of a big shot just after clobbering him over long-off for a six and then Warner was bowled in the very next ball as Sunrisers slumped to 71 for three after 10 overs.
Sunrisers opened the floodgates in the 13th over when Yuvraj Singh (44 off 30) lofted Kuldeep straight over the head for a four and a six.
Deepak Hooda (21 off 13) clobbered Sunil Narine for a six in the first ball off the 15th over before Yuvraj finished off the over with another boundary.
Bipul Sharma ended the SRH innings on a high as he clobbered Morne Morkel for two maximums in the final over which helped them reach 162 at the end of 20 overs.