As interesting as the league matches have gone so far, the first eliminator didn’t fail to live up to expectations – a complete thriller starting from the first ball to last.

Two rain interruptions resulting in a three-hour delay could not stop Kolkata Knight Riders as they knocked out defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League Eliminator. Indeed a revenge has been taken for last year when Hyderabad too knocked Kolkata out of the run to win the trophy.

Put in to bat, Warner’s men were kept on a tight leash by the Kolkata bowlers. KKR’s bowling charge was led by Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/20) as the team restricted SRH to a modest 128/7. On their part, Hyderabad’s opening pair of Warner (37) and Shikhar Dhawan (11) failed to get the team off to a good start.

But the run-rate dropped after Sunrisers lost both the top-order batsmen in a span of three balls. While Warner lost his middle stump to Piyush Chawla, Williamson was Coulter Nile’s first victim, failing to clear Suryakumar Yadav at extra cover. Yuvraj’s innings in the middle was a brief one. Apart from Vijay Shanker’s 17-ball 22, there was no other noteworthy show in the middle-order. Coulter-Nile took three wickets and the Knights were great with their bowling attack.

With three balls remaining in Hyderabad’s mediocre run with the bat, the skies opened up, the covers came in and the game stopped. With a lot of speculations of when to start the game and number of overs to play, finally, the game started at 12:55 am (IST).

Needing 48 runs in six overs (D/L method) to set up a Qualifier 2 date with Mumbai Indians at the same venue on Friday, the two-time champions defeated the Sunrisers to register a seven-wicket win with four balls to spare. Kolkata was reduced to 11/3 in the second over after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/11) and Chris Jordan (1/9) struck early and Pathan was run out. However, skipper Gambhir took the team home with an unbeaten 19-ball 32 that included two hits to the fence and an equal number over it.

It was not at all a good day for the Defending champions. The Sunrisers fans and players took to twitter to post their emotions. Even the skipper of the orange army, David Warner posted a few lines for his supporters, fans and IPL.

In his tweet, he thanked all his fans and also India for such a warm welcome and also apologised to the fans for not being able to pull up this season so well.

 

 

 

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