Another close win for Kolkata Knight Riders ensured their spot in semis after another win came for them in last over, this time against BBL champions Perth Scorchers.

After winning the toss, surprisingly Perth chosen to bat. And their decision wasn’t seemed to be bad as the Australian League Champions started well courtesy of a quick innings from Simmons who departed for 39 after putting 68 in 9 overs for 1st wicket. Captain Voges stood at one end and tried to built one partnerships but Sunil Narine and Kuldeep kept destroying. Only other notable stand was along with Whiteman of 39 in 25 balls. Voges remained unbeaten at end of innings with 71 runs on his name helping his team to end at 151.

Chasing 152, KKR weren’t off to a good start. They lost Gambhir and Kallis early but Uthappa and Pandey tried to make their presence felt. However, Counter-Nile send the both the batsmen back in his first two overs as KKR were realing at 67 for 4 in 11th over. Troubles were increased with Doeschate felling as 5th scalpe with 67 needed off 35. But Surya Kumar Yadav playing a blinder took his team towards the win. Pathan, who smashed couple of sixers was dismissed by Arafat as KKR were requring 27 off 15. The equation was brought to 5 off last over thanks to Yadav who smoked back to back sixers of last two balls of penultimate over by Nathan Nile. Like their last game, Russell fell on the first ball of last over and this time it was Piyush Chawla who had to end it in style.


Kolkata Knight Riders: 153 for 7 in 19.4 overs (SA Yadav 43*, MK Pandey 24; Y Arafat 3/39, NM Counter-Nile 2/41) beat Perth Scorchers: 151 for 7 in 20.0 overs (AC Voges 71*, CJ Simmons 39; SP Narine 4/31, K Yadav 3/24) by 3 wickets

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