Kolkata Knight Riders extended their winning streak to 14 as they beat Hobart Hurricanes in the semi final to enter into Finals. KKR will be facing winner of KXIP and CSK on 4th October at Bangalore.

After winning the toss, Hobart bravely called it up to bat first. And soon it proved they were wrong. With Gambhir bring up his spinners first up, Hobart’s struggles started. Hobart could manage to score only 35 for loss of two wickets at end of power play. Ben Dunk who was the only batsman to play spin properly fell to Kuldeep for a 29-ball, 39. Birt and Malik tried to built the innings but their progress was too slow. Narine was able to break through Brit’s resistance and Chawla sent back well as Hobart were 5 down for 91 at 16.1 overs. But Malik who was calm till then, brusted as Kuldeep’s figures of 10/1 in 3 overs turned to 31/1 in 4 overs. Gulbis too tried to score quickly as Hobart could manage a par total of 140 for 6.

Chasing a medicore total of 141, KKR got a decent start before Gambhir fell for just 4. Uthappa who looked confident with a couple of boundaries was sent back by Doherty. They Veteran Kallis and Manish Pandey put on a steady stand to lead KKR towards the target. They both put on 63 in 8 overs as the required equation of 34 off 28. But with Kallis and Pathan just picking singles, it looked a bit dangerous with 21 needing off 13 but a four from Pathan followed by a Six from Kallis meant KKR needed 6 runs from the last over. First ball of last over from Bollinger was pulled by Kallis which eventually looked to caught by Hilfanhaus at fine-leg but instead he dropped it into boundary as KKR went through to finals with Kallis completing his fifty.

Scorecard:

Kolkata Knight Riders: 141 for 3 in 19.1 overs (JH Kallis 54*, MK Pandey 40; XJ Doherty 1/28, DE Bollinger 1/26) beat Hobart Hurricanes: 140 for 6 in 20.0 overs (S Malik 66*, BR Dunk 39; AD Russell 1/24, YK Pathan 1/24) 7 wickets

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