The eliminator saw Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
KKR captainGautam Gambhir won the toss and decided to field first. SRH had a poor start as they lost Shikhar Dhawan cheaply but then David Warner and Moises Henriques steadied the ship with a 59 runs partnership. Useful contributions from Yuvraj Singh and Deepak Hooda helped SRH to post a total of 162.
KKR began poorly in their chase as they lost Robin Uthappa in the second over and after the fall of second wicket at 53, they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. They never had the momentum to chase down the total as they were eventually restricted to 140. SRH won the match by 22 runs.
1. David Warner: 2/5
Did not bat in his natural style and scored run-a-ball 28.
2. Shikhar Dhawan:1/5
He attempted to cut a Morne Morkel delivery from middle stump but was beaten by the pace of that back of a length delivery and lost his wicket after scoring just 10.
3. Moises Henriques:3.5/5
Had a good all-round game. Scored 31 from just 21 balls to give the much needed momentum to his team and then bowled three economical overs conceding just 17 and taking the important wickets of Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav.
4. Yuvraj Singh:3.5/5
His innings might have made the difference in the end. Scored a quickfire 44 to help SRH post a par total.
5. Deepak Hooda:3/5
Played a good cameo of 21 runs from just 13 balls to accelerate the scoring.
6. Ben Cutting: 2.5/5
Failed with the bat but conceded only 14 runs from his three overs to pile the pressure on KKR batsmen.
7. Naman Ojha: 1/5
Did not do much with the bat.
8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 4/5
Bowled a brilliant quota of four overs, conceding just 19 runs and taking 3 wickets.
9. Bipul Sharma:
Got two overs to bowl but could not do anything special.
10. Barinder Sran:1.5/5
The only SRH bowler who was a bit expensive. Conceded 29 runs from his three overs.
Went wicketless but bowled quite brilliantly in the slog overs and never allowed the KKR batsmen to play the big shots.
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