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Kolkatta eliminates Defending Champion Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kolkatta Knight Riders have eliminated defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad in a rain curtailed eliminator match. It was only six overs of batting that Kolkatta has to get through the second qualifier for IPL 2017.

Bowling first, KKR restricted Sunrisers to 128, a below par total. Coulter-Nile comeback proved to be very crucial one as he picked up three important wickets to peg back Sunrisers batsmen. Overall all the KKR bowlers were exceptional as conditions at M Chinnaswamy Stadium were far from ideal. It was hard to bat as defending champions were reeling at 61 for 1 after 10 overs. Sunrisers couldn’t build momentum in the last ten overs as they only manage to get 67 in the last ten. More importantly they lost 6 wickets and when they tried to do something what RPS did last night, Coulter-Nile gave away only 3 runs in the penultimate over.

Just at the end of SRH inning, rain arrived and it rained so much that it threatened KKR chances. Finally a six over game was possible late night at 12.26 AM and needed just 48 runs.

Sunrisers rocked the KKR’s chase after dismissing three wickets within the first 7 balls but shortened inning always favours the chasing. Gautam Gambhir played a captain’s knock with an unbeaten 32 off 19 balls to finish the game with four balls remaining.

Kolkatta Knight Riders now take on Mumbai Indians in the second play-off and winner will get through the IPL 2017 finals against Rising Pune Supergiant.

This game will definitely raise some questions over D/L method in T20 game. Although D/L score is always higher than defending team overall inning run-rate, the chasing team always full 10 wickets. The way this game has been played, it also questions BCCI abilities for not arranging reserve day for important games like this.

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