Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan starred with bat and ball to help SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) fix a date with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Sunday's final after beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 13 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 at the Eden Gardens on Friday. SunRisers will take on CSK in the summit clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Chasing 175 for victory, KKR were blown away by Rashid's brilliance before Shubman Gill (30) batted brilliantly to take the game till the last over when 19 runs were needed off six balls. Shivam Mavi (6) hit a four off Carlos Brathwaite before picking out Rashid at deep midwicket. In the next ball, Rashid was in the thick of things again, taking Gill's catch to end their fight as KKR finished on 161/9 in 20 overs. Rashid first smashed a whirlwind 10-ball 34 to pull SunRisers out of a hole and propel them to 174/7 before returning spectacular figures of 3/19 in four overs as the Kane Williamson-led franchise made their second IPL final. (Scorecard)
IPL 2018 highlights of SunRisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Qualifier 2 match, straight from Eden Gardens
23:00 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog. Do tune back in on Sunday when SRH and CSK will fight it out for the IPL 2018 trophy.
22:55 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 13 in Qualifier 2 at Eden Gardens. They will play Chennai Super Kings for the IPL 2018 trophy.
22:52 IST: OUT! Brathwaite gets tow-in-two. Gill shuffles and hits Brathwaite for a huge but the ball went high up in the air and Rashid Khan takes a calm and composed catch at the deep mid-wicket area. KKR need 15 in 3 balls and Brathwaite on a hat-trick.
22:50 IST: OUT! Brathwaite dismisses Shivam Mavi for six. Mavi flicks a length delivery straight to Rashid Khan at cow corner. KKR need 15 runs in 4 balls.
22:48 IST: Four! Full and wide from Carlos Brathwaite, Mavi reaches out and slices it over point for a boundary. KKR need 15 in 5.
22:47 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders need 19 runs in 6 balls.
22:46 IST: SIX! Shubman Gill is keeping his team in the competition. Smokes Kaul for a maximum over the fielder at long-off.
22:41 IST: OUT! Kaul gets his second wicket of the night. Cross-seam length ball from Kaul, Chawla fails to connect and the stumps is all over the ground. KKR 145/7 in 18.1 overs
22:39 IST: Four! Gill slams Bhuvneshwar straight down the ground for a vital boundary. Bhuvneshwar tried to catch the ball but could not. KKR need 30 runs in 12 balls.
22:38 IST: KKR are dealing in singles and doubles currently. They need boundaries now.
22:34 IST: Kaul concedes just four runs in his third over. KKR need more 39 runs in 18 balls to win.
22:27 IST: Strategic timeout -- Kolkata Knight Riders, 132/6, need 43 runs in 24 balls
22:26 IST: Six! Short from Khaleel and Chawla deposits it rows back in the stadium. A much-needed boundary for the home team.
22:25 IST: Four! Back of a length delivery from Khaleel Ahmed and Shubman Gill punches the ball through the covers for a boundary. Immaculate that shot looked.
22:22 IST: Rashid Khan ends the match with figures of 3/19.
22:19 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan is on fire now. He cramps Russell for a space and forces him to cut. But Russell cuts and edges the ball straight to Dhawan at slips. KKR 118/6 in 14.4 overs.
22:15 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders need 58 runs in 36 balls.
22:08 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan is turning up the heat at Eden Gardens. Chris Lynn sweeps, misses and is caught plumb. This is a huge, huge wicket for SRH.
22:07 IST: Shubman Gill is the new man in.
22:05 IST: OUT! Shakib Al Hasan gets the big fish. He fires the ball in and cramps up Karthik for space. Karthik, who was looking for the cut, misses and drags the ball onto the stumps.
22:03 IST: KKR 104/3 after 11 overs.
22:02 IST: Four! Rashid Khan bowls short, Karthik rocks and pummels the pull through mid-wicket.
22:00 IST: Four! Length ball at the stumps, and Lynn sweeps it away through square leg and Rashid is not happy with himself
21:59 IST: Dinesh Karthik is the new man in.
21:57 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan gets his first wicket of the match. He bowls in an around the leg stump, gets a bit of turn and beats the reverse sweep of Robin Uthappa and the stumps are rattled. Rashid is ecstatic. Uthappa departs for two.
21:51 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 88/2 after 9 overs.
21:49 IST: Run-Out! Nitish Rana hits the full delivery towards deep mid-wicket and completes a single, he runs back for the second but Rashid Khan throws the ball in flat and Saha collects the ball takes off the bails in a flash. Nitish departs for 22.
21:47 IST: Four! Shakib fires the bowl flat and angling towards middle, Nitish Rana switches stance and reverse-sweeps to third man for boundary.
21:45 IST: Four! Short and wide from Brathwaite yet again, Lynn makes room and slams him over cover for a one-bounce four.
21:44 IST: Four! Short and wide from Brathwaite, the new bowler, Lynn throws his bat at the ball and edges it over short-third for a boundary.
21:41 IST: A decent over from Rashid Khan comes to an end. He concedes just 3 runs in his first over.
21:36 IST: Safe! Rashid strays down the leg side, Lynn sweeps, misses and gets hit on the thighs. Huge appeal from the bowler for an LBW but the umpire turns down the appeal. SRH opt for the DRS, replay shows that the ball had brushed Lynn's gloves before hitting him on the thighs.
21:35 IST: Rashid Khan to start the proceedings after the break.
21:31 IST: Strategic timeout -- Kolkata Knight Riders 67/1 after 6 overs.
21:27 IST: Six! Siddarth Kaul bowls length ball outside off, Chris Lynn gets out of the way, gives himself room, and launches the ball over long-off for an 85-meter six.
21:25 IST: Six! Short from Khaleel and Nitish Rana shuffles and lifts the ball over fine-leg for a huge six. The ball went high and long.
21:23 IST: Six! Short and wide from Khaleel, Nitish Rana waits and guides the ball over the third-man for a maximum. Skillful from the left-handed batsman.
21:19 IST: Four! Kaul strays on the leg-side and Lynn glances him past the man at short fine for a boundary.
21:18 IST: OUT! Siddarth Kaul, the new bowler, gives his team a much-needed breakthrough. Narine miscues the knuckle ball and Brathwaite takes a skier. Narine departs for a quickfire 26.
21:16 IST: KKR 38/0 after 3 overs.
21:15 IST: Four! Back of a length delivery from Bhuvneshwar, Narine clears his front foot and slams the ball over the umpire's head for yet another boundary.
21:13 IST: Four-Six-Four! Narine is taking the attack to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. First he drives the full-toss outside off through the covers for a boundary. Second, he smokes the slower fuller delivery over long-off. Third, he shuffles the rolls his wrist on the back of a length delivery past the man at short fine for a boundary.
21:11 IST: Six! Short and wide from Khaleel, Chris Lynn makes room and crunches it over cover for a flat maximum. How brutally was the ball struck! KKR 19/0 in 2 overs.
21:08 IST: Four! Khaleel Ahmed starts with a fullish delivery on the leg side and Narine flicks him with ease for a boundary. Welcome to the middle Khaleel Ahmed.
21:07 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 6/0 after the first over.
21:05 IST: Four! Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls wide and full and Lynn reaches out and slices it through the cover for the first boundary of the innings.
21:04 IST: First ball -- Bhuvneshwar starts with a back of a length delivery, Lynn stands tall and defends it.
21:03 IST: Welcome back to the chase. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn opening the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders. Bhuvneshwar Kumar opening the bowling for SRH
20:50 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 174/7 in 20 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders
20:49 IST: Six! Rashid smokes Prasidh for a huge maximum straight down the ground to end the SRH innings. Rashid is 34 not out off 10 balls.
20:47 IST: Six! Prasidh goes full, Rashid shuffles and flicks him over deep square leg for a towering six. Prasidh is being taken to the cleaners here.
20:46 IST: Four! Rashid Khan lifts Prasidh over mid-off for a one-bounce boundary. These are some precious runs from Rashid at the end of the innings.
20:44 IST: Four! Back of a length delivery from Prasidh, Bhuvneshwar waits and cuts it for a boundary. Four to start the 20th.
20:43 IST: Six! Mavi bowls wide and full, Rashid reaches for the ball and slices it over covers for a huge, huge maximum. SRH 150/7 in 19 overs.
20:41 IST: Six! Short and wide from Mavi, Rashid comes down the track and slams it over covers for a flat six. Chawla at the boundary was way too in, as a result could not get his hands to the ball. Much-needed boundary for the SRH camp.
20:38 IST: OUT! Shivam Mavi gets his name in the column of the wicket takers. Mavi bowls full and wide of off, Yusuf throws his bat at the ball and sends it high up in the air. Piyush Chawla in the deep takes an excellent catch. Pathan departs for 3.
20:37 IST: Four! Bouncer from Praisdh and Rashid Khan edges him over the keeper for a boundary. Rashid Khan gets off the mark in style.
20:35 IST: Run-out! Brathwaite was running back for a second run but Nitish Rana does an excellent job at the boundary. He collects and throws the ball in like a rocket, Karthik collects and the stumps light up. Brathwaite departs for 8.
20:33 IST: Six! Full toss from Prasidh and Brathwaite muscles it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
20:26 IST: OUT! Sunil Narine gets his first wicket of the match. Hooda goes the reverse sweep, miscues and Piyush Chawla at point takes an easy catch. SRH batsmen are departing in search of quick runs. Now, the onus is on Yusuf Pathan and Carlos Brathwaite to provide a late flourish and help their team post a competitive total on board.
20:24 IST: Kuldeep ends the match with figures of 2/29
20:22 IST: Six! Kuldeep misses his mark by a fraction and Deepak Hooda smokes the ball straight down the ground. The ball went high and far. Handsome shot from Hooda.
20:18 IST: OUT! Shakib in run-out for 28. Deepak Hooda hits a Kuldeep Yadav full delivery straight down the ground only for Kuldeep to get his finger in the way of the ball that hit the stumps with Shakib way out of the crease. Strategic timeout -- 113/4 in 15.1 overs
20:15 IST: Four! Two-in-two for Shakib off Narine. This time he slog sweeps Narine for a boundary at the deep mid-wicket area.
20:14 IST: Four! Short and wide from Narine, Narine rocks back and cuts the ball with brute force. The ball races away to the boundary.
20:12 IST: 100 comes up for the SunRisers Hyderabad in the 14th over of the match.
20:09 IST: Skipper DK is lightning fast behind the stumps.
20:07 IST: Four! Chawla bowls full, Shakib makes space and drives him through the cover for a boundary. That was struck with great force.
20:06 IST: SRH 90/3 after 12 overs.
20:00 IST: OUT! Piyush Chawla gets his first wicket of the night. Chawla strays on the leg side, Saha looking to work the ball around, edges it near to DK behind the stumps. DK, who was alert, took off the bails in a jiffy. Saha is stumped for 35.
19:56 IST: Four! Chawla bowls full and Shakib frees his arm has drills the ball through extra cover. The fielder at long-off didn't even bother to chase.
19:55 IST: SRH 79/2 after 10 overs.
19:54 IST: Four! Kuldeep bowls full and outside off, Saha shuffles and sweeps him in front of square for a boundary.
19:53 IST: Four! Kuldeep bowls full and this time Saha connects as he sweeps the ball fine enough to beat Narine at short-fine for a boundary.
19:51 IST: Safe! Kuldeep Yadav bowls too full, Saha gets low tries to sweep and misses. Kuldeep gets excited and appeals loudly for a LBW. KKR opt for a DRS and the replay shows that the Saha had nicked the ball and the ball never did hit the pads. A poor DRS from the bowler and the keeper.
19:49 IST: Kuldeep Yadav picks two wickets in his first over.
19:48 IST: Strategic timeout -- SunRisers Hyderabad 69/2 after 9 overs.
19:45 IST: Four! Prasidh Krishna bowls a half-volley outside off, Saha leans and drives the ball through the cover for a boundary.
19:43 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 61/2 after 8 overs.
19:41 IST: OUT!! Kuldeep Yadav gets another big fish in the same over and he is ecstatic. Floats the ball just outside of off, Kane Williamson leans in to defend the ball and manages to edge the ball. Saha, behind the stumps, takes a simple catch. SRH camp is in shock. Williamson departs for 3.
19:39 IST: Kane Williamson is the new batsman in.
19:38 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav gets the breakthrough in his very first ball of the match. Kuldeep fires the ball in around middle and gets a bit of shape. DHawan, down on one knee, tries to sweep the ball, misses and gets rapped on the thigh. The on-field umpire raises his finger and validates the huge appeal from the bowler and keeper. Dhawan departs for 34. Meanwhile, Kuldeep fell on his back during the appeal
19:35 IST: Four! Too full from Piyush Chawal and Dhawan says thank you as dances down the track and slaps the ball the straight down the ground; the ball beats the long-off fielder and reaches the boundary in no time.
19:34 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Saha and Dhawan in the 7th over.
19:33 IST: Four! Piyush Chawal, the new bowler in, bowls full and Dhawan slams the ball straight down the ground with immense power. Russell runs but loses the race.
19:31 IST: End of the power play -- SunRisers Hyderabad 45/0 after 6 overs
19:30 IST: Sunil Narine concedes just five runs in his first over of the match.
19:28 IST: Four! Wriddhiman Saha gets the ball right in his slot and will not miss out on any chance. He gets into position early and lifts it over mid-wicket for a one-bounce boundary.
19:25 IST: Four! Short and wide from Mavi, Saha waits and edges it past the man at slips for a boundary towards the third-man region. The man at the sweeper cover runs but fails to cut off the ball.
19:22 IST: Four! Dhawan pounces on the slower short and wide delivery and crunches Russell through the cover for a boundary. The ball raced away to the ropes. SRH 27/0 after 4 overs.
19:19 IST: Four! Andre Russell, the new bowler in, bowls back of a length delivery. Dhawan cones down the track and slaps the ball over the bowler's head for a boundary straight down the ground.
19:16 IST: DROPPED!! Full and wide from Shivam Mavi, Saha throws his bat at the ball and gets the toe-end of the bat. The ball goes high up in the air, Dinesh Karthik calls for the catch but could not complete the catch as the ball spiraled away from him. The ball up in the sky for a long, long time. Saha dropped on 5. How costly will this drop prove to be?
19:12 IST: Six! Prasidh bowls in and on the leg side and Dhawan flicks the ball with sheer power for the first maximum of the night. SRH 14/0 after 2 overs.
19:10 IST: Save! Full and wide from Prasidh Krishna, Saha drives but Robin Uthappa dives to his left to save valuable runs.
19:05 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 4/0 after the 1st over.
19:00 IST: First ball -- Mavi starts off with a wide delivery as he strays a long way down the leg side. Dinesh Karthik does well to dive to his left and collect the ball.
18:59 IST: Shivam Mavi opening the bowling for KKR.
18:58 IST: Wridhhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting for SRH.
18:50 IST: Both Skippers share a moment before the game.
18:40 IST: Playing XI for both the teams -- Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi
SunRisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Carlos Brathwaite, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed
18:35 IST: Williamson -- Looks like a good surface, we need to put the runs on the board and defend it. We need to move on and put our best effort. We have three changes, Hooda, Saha and Khaleel are in, Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami and Sandeep Sharma are out.
18:32 IST: Dinesh Karthik -- We will bowl first. We would like to chase down the target. We fought hard (against RR), we showed good character, we came back hard and we finally won the game. It's always the case in a must-win game, two good teams are out to play today. Just one change for us, Shivam Mavi replaces Javon Searles.
18:30 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik wins toss, elects to field vs SunRisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens.
18:15 IST: We are minutes away from the toss, stay tuned.
18:10 IST: Both team arrive at the venue and are set for the clash
18:05 IST: Fans sharing a light moment before the start of the match
18:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the Qualifier 2 between SunRisers Hyderabad ans Kolkata Knight Riders straight from Eden Gardens.
But with the momentum strongly in favour of Dinesh Karthik and his team, who will also heavily bank on home advantage, it will need a special effort from SRH to stop the Kolkata juggernaut and return to winning ways. First to qualify for the play-offs eliminating Delhi Daredevils, SRH slide began in Pune, when their famed bowling attack failed to defend 180 against Chennai and then went on to lose to RCB, KKR and CSK in subsequent games.
Their latest defeat will hurt them the most as they had their match in pocket with Chennai struggling at 113/8 inside 18 overs chasing 140 but Williamson's strategy to keep an over from Carlos Brathwaite at the death backfired. Bhuvneshwar (9 wickets) will also need to get his act together complement the wily Afghan wrist spinner Rashid Khan (18 wickets) as Williamson also have big holes to plug in the batting department. Siddharth Kaul (19 wickets) has been their best bowler of the season with consistent efforts at the start as well as death.
Surprise choice as Kolkata skipper after the departure of their most successful captain Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik is in the middle of the form of his life averaging 54.44 from 15 matches. Both teams won each in the round-robin league. Since their defeat at home, KKR have come a long way and won in Hyderabad.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (capt), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran.
SunRisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.