In what can be termed as a disappointing end to the promising campaign of Sunrisers Hyderabad in this editions, fans witnessed the defending champions bowing out against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator. For the Knight Riders, however, a stern test remains as they are up against the Mumbai Indians, a side they are yet to defeat this season.
For the Knight Riders, their bowlers won them the game right at the half way mark as Sunrisers Hyderabad were restricted to a below par total of 128-7 in 20 overs. Making his return, Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up 3 wickets while conceding just 20 runs in 4 overs.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir played a crucial role as his belligerent cameo of 32 off 19 helped the side chase down 48 in 6 overs. Post the win, Gambhir mentioned the need to be on top against the Mumbai Indians.
“I think a lot of credit should go to the bowlers. They set it up for us. For the batters, we just needed to be a bit sensible. There have been times when we have discussed intensity. One run stopped, one run less to chase. I thought in the second innings, the ball was coming nicely onto the bat,” said Gambhir.
“You do get nervous. We worked really hard to be here. 128 was an unbelievable effort. It would have been unfair for the bowlers. We are hungry. We don’t have a good record against the Mumbai Indians. We want to better that,” Gambhir added.
Coulter-Nile was named the Man of the Match, and he was ecstatic to be back in action.
“It is feeling little better as it was a couple of days ago. I never thought it would affect me as much as it did. I am glad it is over now. I was so tired and lethargic. Then there were headaches consistently. The exact opposite to Kolkata. Good pace in Kolkata, here it was slow and low,” the pacer said.