Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. After Hyderabad posted 128 for seven in 20 overs, rain poured down and delayed the proceedings of the game. However, after rain stopped, Kolkata needed 48 runs in six overs to win the match, Gautam Gambhir played a captain's knock of 32 not out to see his team over the line. They now meet Mumbai Indians for qualifier 2 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. (Scorecard)
Catch highlights of the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders here.
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01:29 IST: And it's done! Ishank Jaggi hits the winning runs. Kolkata beat Hyderabad by seven runs.
01:26 IST: Last over to go, Kolkata need two more runs to beat Hyderabad.
01:25 IST: Just two more runs for Gautam Gambhir and his men.
01:24 IST: Kolkata need 4 runs off 9 balls.
01:23 IST: Rashid Khan gets to bowl the second over.
01:22 IST: Kolkata nearing victory, need more 7 runs in 12 balls.
01:19 IST: Six! On the pads from Kaul, Gambhir smacks the ball away for a maximum on the leg side.
01:18 IST: Four! Gambhir welcomes Siddharth Kaul with a boundary over backward point.
01:15 IST: Kolkata need 21 runs in 18 balls. Gautam Gambhir and Ishank Jaggi out in the middle.
01:10 IST: At the end of the powerplay, Kolkata stand at 21 for three. (2 overs)
01:09 IST: Six!! Short from Jordan, Gambhir pulls, top edges the ball over keeper's head for a maximum.
01:05 IST: Out!! Short from Chris Jordan, Robin Uthappa pulls, and Shikhar Dhawan takes a comfortable catch. Kolkata tumbling down in search of quick runs.
01:04 IST: Kolkata need 37 runs more in 30 balls to win.
01:03 IST: Four! Wide from Bhuvaneshwar, Gambhir slashes hard for his first boundary.
01:01 IST: Run-out! Bhuvaneshwar catches Yusuf pathan short of the crease. Hyderabad on top. Kolkata stand at seven for two, 0.4 overs.
00:58 IST: Out! Full length ball from Bhuvaneshwar, Lynn edges the ball back to the Naman Ojha. Kolkata stand at seven for one, 0.3 overs.
00:57 IST: Six! Wide from bhuvi, Chris Lynn gets off the mark with a maximum.
00:56 IST: First ball from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Robin Uthappa tucks it for a single.
00:55 IST: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar leading the bowling attack for Hyderabad.
00:54 IST: Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn opening the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders.
00:53 IST: Hello and welcome to the second innings of the match between Hyderabad and Kolkata.
00:45 IST: Regulations: One bowler will be allowed to bowl a maximum of two overs. The Powerplay will be of two overs.
00:43 IST: Good news! The game to restart at 00:55 IST. Kolkata need to score 48 runs in six overs to win the match.
00:40 IST: The verdict to be announced anytime now. Stay glued!
00:14 IST: Good news!! Covers are coming off the pitch. The next inspection will be at 00:35 IST.
00:10 IST: Third umpire is out in the middle. Super soppers are out as drizzle has almost stopped.
23:54 IST: KKR is now losing overs in run-chase as the match misses the first deadline of 23:50 IST.
23:31 IST: Slight drizzle as of now.
23:17 IST: More bad news. The drizzle is getting heavier now.
23:09 IST: As we speak, the covers are back on as it has started drizzling again.
23:00 IST: Good news for the fans, the game will start at 23:25 IST and will be a 20-over game.
22:57 IST: The umpires are making their way out to inspect the field.
22:42 IST: The rain has reduced to a steady drizzle now, Supersoppers out.
22:30 IST: It continues to rain, but the super soppers are trying to take the water off the covers.
22:19 IST: The intensity of the rain has reduced. Something for the fans to cheer about. However, for a 20-over run chase, the game should start by 23:50 IST and for five-over run chase, the game should start by 00:58 am. And for a super over, the cut-off time is 01:20 AM.
22:15 IST: If the overs are reduced due to rain, then Kolkata will have to chase 41 in five overs.
21:56 IST: If rain persists, the KKR innings will have to be start by 23:50 IST as play-off games have an extra time of 120 minutes. However, if five overs is not possible, teams will play a Super Over, which has to start by 1:20 am. And if, a super-over is not possible, then Hyderabad will automatically go through to the qualifier as they finished above Kolkata in points table with 17 points.
21:44 IST: Bad news. It has started to rain and covers are on!
21:39 IST: First innings done, Hyderabad finish 128 for seven in 20 overs.
21:38 IST: Out! Trent Boult gets a wicket in the last ball. Short from Boult, Ojha slashes the ball straight to Chris Lynn at short third man.
21:32 IST: Last over to go! Bipul Sharma and Naman Ojha are out in the middle for Hyderabad.
21:31 IST: Another good over for Kolkata, Coulter-Nile take two wickets, concedes just three runs.
21:28 IST: Caught and bowled! Full from Coulter-Nile, Chris Jordan edges the ball back to the bowler.
21:26 IST: Out!! Trying one too many, Shankar pulls, Surya Kumar takes a good catch. Hyderabad stand at 118 for five.
21:25 IST: Good over for Hyderabad, scored 13 runs off Boult over.
21:23 IST: Six! Full from Boult, Naman Ojha slams the ball over long on for a maximum.
21:22 IST: Four! Full from Boult, Shankar times the ball well enough to reach the boundary.
21:21 IST: Three over remaining for Hyderabad to score and up the ante.
21:20 IST: Excellent over from Narine, concedes just two runs.
21:12 IST: Out!! Short from Umesh, Yuvraj pulls and sends the ball straight down the throat of Piyush Chawla at deep square leg. Hyderabad stand at 99 for four, 15.3 overs.
Eliminator: WICKET! Yuvraj Singh c Piyush Chawla b Umesh Yadav 9 (9b). Sunrisers Hyderabad 99/4 (15.3 Ovs). pic.twitter.com/cSpzUw7SX5— NDTV Live Scores (@CricketNDTVLive) May 17, 2017
21:09 IST: Six! Down on one knee, Shankar slog sweeps Chawla into the second tier of the stadium.
21:07 IST: Four! Full from Chawla, Yuvraj gets underneath the ball and smacks it away for a boundary straight down the ground.
21:03 IST: Four! Pitched up from Narine, Shankar puts the ball away for a boundary on the leg-side.
21:01 IST: Four! Brilliant cover drive from Yuvraj, beats Ishank Jaggi for speed.
20:57 IST: Cleaned up! Trying to pull Chawla, Warner misjudges the length and the ball crashes into the stumps. Hyderabad stand at 75 for three.
20:55 IST: Wicket! Wide from Coulter-Nile, WIlliamson trying to put the ball over infield, miscues and sends the ball to Suryakumar Yadav at extra cover. After 12 overs, Hyderabad stand at 75 for two.
20:50 IST: Six! Short from Narine, Warners smokes it away for a huge maximum on the leg side.
20:47 IST: Ten overs gone, Hyderabad stand at 61 for one.
20:45 IST: Four and a six! Williamson switching gears, back-to-back boundaries off Coulter-Nile.
20:41 IST: After the end of nine overs, Hyderabad stand at 48 for one.
20:37 IST: Six! Short from Chawla, David Warner slams the ball on the leg side for the first maximum of the innings in the ninth over.
20:35 IST: Great over from Nathan Coulter-Nile, concedes only two runs. Kolkata bowlers are not allowing the batsmen to score at will.
20:30 IST: Four! Kane Williamson makes room for himself, caresses Yusuf Pathan over extra cover for a boundary.
20:27 IST: After the sixth over, Hyderabad stand at 30 for one.
20:24 IST: Brilliant over from Umesh Yadav, takes a wicket and gives away two runs.
20:20 IST: Out! Cross seam and short of a length from Umesh, Dhawan miscues the pulls, edges it straight up in the sky, Robin Uthappa takes a good catch.
20:14 IST: After three overs, Hyderabad stand at 20 for no loss.
20:13 IST: Four! Bouncer from Umesh, Dhawan gets into position early and pulls the ball for a boundary.
20:09 IST: Four! Bouncer from Trent Boult, Warner slaps the ball straight down the ground for a boundary.
20:05 IST: Decent start for Hyderabad, score seven runs in the first over.
20:04 IST: Four! Bounce from Umesh, Warner makes space, clubs it over off-side for the first boundary.
20:00 IST: Umesh Yadav gets sharp bounce in his first ball, Warner leaves the ball wisely.
19:59 IST: Umesh Yadav leading the bowling attack for Kolkata.
19:58 IST: David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting for Hyderabad.
19:51 IST: Playing XI for Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR XI: S Narine, C Lynn, G Gambhir (C), R Uthappa (W), Y Pathan, S Yadav, I Jaggi, P Chawla, U Yadav, N Coulter-Nile, T Boult #SRHvKKR— NDTV Live Scores (@CricketNDTVLive) May 17, 2017
19:50 IST: Playing XI for Sunrisers Hyderabad
SRH XI: D Warner (C), S Dhawan, K Williamson, Y Singh, V Shankar, N Ojha (W), C Jordan, B Sharma, B Kumar, R Khan, S Kaul #SRHvKKR— NDTV Live Scores (@CricketNDTVLive) May 17, 2017
19:39 IST: Players missing the game: For Hyderabad, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammad Nabi, Moises Henriques and Deepak Hooda. For Kolkata, Colin de Grandhomme, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey and Ankit Rajpoot.
19:36 IST: Team changes -- For Kolkata, Surya Kumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ishank Jaggi are in. For Hyderabad, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Jordan, Kane Williamson and Bipul Sharma are in.
19:30 IST: Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir wins toss, elects to bowl against Hyderabad.
19:20 IST: M Chinnaswamy Stadium before the match.
19:15 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders straight from M Chinnaswmay Stadium, Bangalore.
Two losses towards the crucial end of the league were repaired with two fine wins as the defending champions scored some vital points. If momentum is an issue, then SRH already have it up for KKR.
SRH also have the Orange and Purple Cap holders in their line-up while KKR have one of the best pace attacks in IPL 10. But overall, Hyderabad look way better, with both batsmen and bowlers working in tandem.
For KKR, only one of the two arms seems to work in any given match.
It will be the end of the road for one of the two sides, and as of now, SRH look upbeat. But in a 20-over match, all that can change in a flash.