Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a clinical display to beat two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs in the 2016 Indian Premier League Eliminator at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Wednesday.
They will now play Gujarat Lions in the second Qualifier on Friday at the same venue, for a place in the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Put into bat by KKR, Hyderabad innings was salvaged by Yuvraj Singh's 44 off 30 balls to post a challenging total of 162. Moises Henriques, who was adjudged the man of the match, contributed with 31 runs off 21.
Their defence was led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took three wickets by conceding 19 runs. Henriques took two wickets to justify his MoM award.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS INNINGS; TARGET 163
Over 20 || Score 140/8 (Narine 1; Morkel 0)
Brilliant final over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Two wickets and two runs.
A single off the first ball, then the wicket of Rajagopal Sathish, bowled.
WICKET: Rajagopal Sathish b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8 (9b)
A dot ball, a single, then another wicket. Jason Holder hold out at long-off, caught by Ben Cutting.
WICKET: Jason Holder c ben Cutting b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6 (7b)
A dot to end the over and match. Bhuvi's figures: 4-0-19-3.
And Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 22 runs. They play Gujarat Lions in the virtual semi-final on Friday. The second qualifier will be played at the same venue.
Over 19 || Score 138/6 (Sathish 8; Holder 6)
Mustafizur Rahman on for the penultimate over. A single to Rajagopal Sathish, which could have ended up as a wicket. The top-edge landed in no-man's land, just short of the long-on fielder.
Two dot balls, then a lofted shot over the mid-on fielder for a four. That's Jason Holder. The West Indies all-rounder tried a reverse sweep, and a quick leg-bye for the efforts.
Two off the last ball, and eight runs from the over. Mustafizur's figures: 4-0-28-0
KKR need another 25 runs from 6 balls.
Over 18 || Score 130/6 (Sathish 5; Holder 2)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned for his third over. A single to R Sathish, then the wicket of Manish Pandey. KKR's set batsman played a lofted shot, but ended up offering a catch to Deepak Hooda at long-on.
WICKET: Manish Pandey c Deepak Hooda b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36 (28b)
12 runs and a wicket from the over. Jason Holder is the new man.
KKR need 33 runs from 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 124/5 (Pandey 36; Sathish 1)
Thus, Mustafizur Rahman returned. Two singles off the first two balls, the a dot ball. A single off the fourth ball, then a leg-bye.
Last ball was carted for a four by Pandey over mid-wicket, even as the third umpire had a pretty long hard look to make sure it was a four, or a six. Just landed inside.
Eight runs from the over.
Kolkata Knight Riders need another 39 runs from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 116/5 (Pandey 30; Sathish 0)
Moises Henriques on for his third over. Two runs off the first ball as Manish Pandey played a slog towards deep mid-wicket.
Three more singles, then a brilliant catch by Shikhar Dhawan at deep square-leg wicket to break the 46-run stand. Suryakumar Yadav gone.
WICKET: Suryakumar Yadav c Shikhar Dhawan b Moises Henriques 23 (15b)
That happened off the fifth ball, and TIME-OUT.
Play resumed with a single. Six runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 15 || Score 110/4 (Pandey 25; S Yadav 22)
Barinder Sran returned for his third over. Two singles off the first two balls, then a catch converted into a six. Mustafizur Rahman, at third man, ran on his right to take the catch, but he spilled and helped the ball over the boundary. Thus, Suryakumar Yadav got a life on 15.
And some fun as two Shikhar Dhawan's got the crowd busy. The duplicate in the stands even enjoyed his limelight while the original got a blank look.
10 runs from the over, and Kolkata Knight Riders need another 53 runs from 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 100/4 (Pandey 23; S Yadav 14)
After 22 runs in last 12 balls, Ben Cutting returned with a tidy spell. The Aussie all-rounder conceded eight runs, with all the runs coming in singles and doubles.
In between, Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav have put together 31 runs in 22 balls.
Kolkata Knight Riders need another 63 runs from 36 balls.
Over 13 || Score 92/4 (Pandey 21; S Yadav 8)
Back-to-back 11-run overs for Kolkata Knight Riders. Mustafizur Rahman, usually a tough opponent to manage with, was taken for runs as Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav hit a four each off the first and last ball of the over, respectively.
And with three more singles, the over went for 11 runs.
Over 12 || Score 81/4 (Pandey 15; S Yadav 3)
For a change, a good over for the batting side. 11 runs, which included a six, from Bipul Sharma's second over.
The over started with Manish Pandey hitting a six over long-on boundary. Just about enough to clear the rope.
Kolkata Knight Riders need another 82 runs from 48 balls.
Over 11 || Score 70/4 (Pandey 7; S Yadav 0)
Brilliant over from Moises Henriques. Four singles and the big wicket of Yusuf Pathan, off the fifth ball.
Pathan holed out at deep mid-wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking a good catch.
WICKET: Yusuf Pathan c Bhuvneshwar Kumar b Moises Henriques 2 (6b)
16 runs in last four overs for KKR, losing two wickets. Suryakumar Yadav is the new man.
Over 10 || Score 66/3 (Pandey 4; Pathan 1)
Ben Cutting returned for his second over after the Time-Out, and removed dangerous Gautam Gambhir. Slower bouncer with scrambled seam, and Gambhir holed out at long-on from a miscued shot. Good diving catch from sub V Shankar.
WICKET: Gautam Gambhir c sub (V Shankar) b Ben Cutting 28 (28b)
Yusuf Pathan is the new man. Three runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 9 || Score 63/2 (Gambhir 28; Pandey 2)
Bipul Sharma on for his first over. A single to Gautam Gambhir, the two leg byes, even as the fielding team appeal for a LBW. Three more singles followed.
Seven run from the leg-spinner's first over.
Over 8 || Score 56/2 (Gambhir 25; Pandey 0)
Ben Cutting on for Hyderabad, and good one from the Queenslander. Three runs from the over. A double and a single, all to Gambhir.
Kolkata Knight Riders need another 107 runs from 12 overs.
Over 7 || Score 53/2 (Gambhir 22; Pandey 0)
Bowling change, and Moises Henriques on. A single to Colin Munro to start, then another single. It was followed by a well-directed bouncer for a dot.
Another single added as Munro played straight. A subtle shot with perfect placement resulted in a four at backward square leg boundary. A gentle flick, and it raced away. Gambhir's brilliant.
Then, a direct hit from Yuvraj Singh to run out Colin Munro.
WICKET: Colin Munro run out 16 (17b)
That was yet another run-out involving Gambhir.
Over 6 || Score 46/1 (Gambhir 17; Munro 14)
Mustafizur Rahman on for Sunrisers Hyderabad. A dot ball, then an inside edge which came close to crashing on to the Colin Muron's wickets.
A dot ball as Gautam Gambhir played towards point. Another dot ball, then Gambhir ran down the third man for a single.
A slower delivery and a single to the three-run over.
Over 5 || Score 43/1 (Gambhir 16; Munro 12)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar continued with his second over. A single to start, then a four through cover. Gautam Gambhir timed his shot to perfection and beat the fielder.
A single, then swing-and-miss from Colin Munro. Next ball, on the leg stump, and Munro played towards deep square leg
for two runs.
A single to end the nine-run over.
Over 4 || Score 34/1 (Gambhir 11; Munro 8)
Despite losing a wicket, KKR off to a rollicking start to the run-chase. Four leg-byes, then a couple, which was followed by a four. That;s 10 runs from the first three balls. All featuring Colin Munro on strike.
A dot ball, then a single. A dot to end the 11-run over from Barinder Sran.
Over 3 || Score 23/1 (Gambhir 11; Munro 1)
Deepak Hooda on for Hyderabad. Eight runs from the over, which included a six from the blade of Gautam Gambhir, who pulled over the square leg boundary.
Kolkata Knight Riders need another 140 runs from 17 overs.
Over 2 || Score 15/1 (Gambhir 4; Munro 0)
Barinder Sran on for the second over of the innings, and first boundary as Robin Uthappa slapped hard the short and wide delivery through cover. It was followed by five runs from an overthrow.
A double followed as Sran delivery on the leg stump was played towards backward square leg by Gambhir. A single, then the wicket of Uthappa.
A short delivery, inviting the batsman to have a got at it. And caught at cover by an elated Moises Henriques.
WICKET: Robin Uthappa c Moises Henriques b Barinder Sran 11 (7b)
12 runs from the over. Colin Munro is the nea man.
Over 1 || Score 3/0 (Uthappa 2; Gambhir 1)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the first over for Sunrisers Hyderabad. An inside-edge to Robin Uthappa and a single off the first ball. A dot ball next ball, even Gautam Gambhir played a drop shot to steal a single. But to no avail.
A single followed as Gambhir ran down the third ball towards third man. Two dot balls followed. Then a single to end the three-run over.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD INNINGS
Over 20 || Score 162/8 (B Sharma 14; Sran 0)
Morne Morkel on for the last over. Then Bipul Sharam show on.
A six over long-on to start the over. A dot ball, then another six over long-on. A single off a wild-swing. Morne got his second wicket of the day as Bhuvneshwar Kumar holed out at mid-off.
WICKET: Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Manish Pandey b Morne Morkel 1 (2b)
A bye off the last and 14 runs from the over. Morkel's figures: 4-0-31-2.
Over 19 || Score 148/7 (Bhuvneshwar 1; B Sharma 1)
Jason Holder on for the penultimate over.
Naman Ojha took a single, then a wide. A dot ball, the Holder bowled Yuvraj. Hit the middle stump. Yuvraj shuffled, and exposed his wickets. You missed, I hit stuff.
WICKET: Yuvraj Singh b Jason Holder 44 (30b)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the new man, took single off the first ball he faced. A wide, then the wicket of Naman Ojha. A wild swing, and a faintest of nicks for a caught behind.
WICKET: Naman Ojha c Robin Uthappa b Jason Holder 7 (9b)
A single to new man Bipul Sharma, and five runs from the over. Holder's figures: 4-0-33-2.
Over 18 || Score 143/5 (Yuvraj 44; Ojha 6)
Sunil Narine on for his last over. A wide, then a double to Naman Ojha with R Satish restricting a sure four to two runs. Brilliant stop at deep mid-wicket boundary.
Another double followed as Ojha continued to time his shots well. A dot ball, then a single to give strike to Yuvraj Singh.
The left-handed batsman hit the next ball for a four. A lucky boundary, thanks to a top-edge. A dot ball, and 10 runs from the over. Narine went wicket-less. His figures: 4-0-35-0.
SRH scored 49 runs losing two wickets in the last five overs.
Over 17 || Score 133/5 (Yuvraj 40; Ojha 1)
Kuldeep Yadav on and another wicket. Ben Cutting stumped the first ball he faced.
WICKET: Ben Cutting st Robin Uthappa b Kuldeep Yadav 0 (1b)
Two dot balls later a farce of a running between the wickets as Yuvraj Singh and new man Naman Ojha involved in a hilarious mixed up with both the batsmen finding themselves stranded in the middle. No harm done as KKR fielders missed the opportunity with a throw towards the non-striker's end hitting Yuvraj's legs.
A single, then Yuvraj hit back-to-back fours to end the over. Nine runs from the over.
Yadav's figures: 4-0-35-3.
Over 16 || Score 124/4 (Yuvraj 32; Cutting 0)
What an over. Brilliant hitting from Sunrisers batsmen, and brilliant fielding from Knight Riders fielders.
A six over long-on as Deepak Hooda welcomed Jason Holder with a boundary. A single, then Yuvraj Singh hit a screamer of a four through fine-leg. A dot ball, then a well-timed shot straight to mid-off, and the wicket.
Hooda, backing himself on, failed to make ground as Kuldeep Yada hit the stumps. Run-out.
WICKET: Deepak Hooda run out 21 (13b)
Yuvraj, however, played a brilliant pull shot to end the over with a four. Ben Cutting is the new man. 15 runs from the over.
Over 15 || Score 109/3 (Yuvraj 24; Hooda 14)
Deepak Hooda hit his first boundary, a six over deep mid-wicket boundary. A single, then a dot ball to Yuvraj Singh. Another dot ball, just turning away from the left-handed batsman. Another dot ball. A slip still on, but Yuvraj creamed the next ball for a straight four over the bowler's head.
11 runs from the over.
Over 14 || Score 98/3 (Yuvraj 20; Hooda 7)
With two deep fielders specially positioned on either side, Morne Morkel returned for his third over. A yorker to start the over, and Yuvraj Singh defended well.
Two singles followed. A dot ball, then another single. Another single and a well-directed bouncer to Yuvraj to end the four-run over.
Over 13 || Score 94/3 (Yuvraj 18; Hooda 5)
Change of ends for Kuldeep Yadav.
A single off the first ball to Deepak Hooda, then Yuvraj Singh hit back-to-back boundaries off the next two balls — a four and a six. The four was a result of a well-picked lofted shot over wide long-on. And the six, a sumptuous straight six for some 90 metres.
A dot ball, then a single. And a dot to end the 12-run over.
Over 12 || Score 82/3 (Yuvraj 7; Hooda 4)
Rajagopal Sathish on for his first over of the day. The slow right-arm medium pacer started well, with five runs off the first five balls, but the last ball was hit for a four by Yuvraj Singh to the third man boundary.
Nine runs from the over.
Over 10 || Score 73/3 (Yuvraj 2; Hooda 0)
After that double blow from Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine produced a tidy over. Only two runs from the over.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have scored 30 runs, losing two wicket, in the last five overs.
Over 9 || Score 71/3 (Yuvraj 0; Hooda 0)
What an over from Kuldeep Yadav. Two wickets of two balls.
Yadav continued with his second over. A single to David Warner, then a couple to Moises Henriques. The Portuguese-born Aussie hit the next ball for a six over deep-extra cover.
A top-edge and Henriques out, caught and bowl.
WICKET: Moises Henriques c & b Kuldeep Yadav 31 (21b)
The very next delivery, David Warner tried a sloppy sweep shot and got bowled.
WICKET: David Warner b Kuldeep Yadav 28 (28b)
Yuvraj Singh and Deepak Hooda are the new man.
Meanwhile, a while ago Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner became the first opening pair to cross the 1500-run mark. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are second with 1463 runs.
Over 9 || Score 62/1 (Warner 27; Henriques 23)
Jason Holder continued for his second over. Three singles off the first three balls, then a beautifully timed pull shot through backward square leg from Moises Henriques for the first four of the over.
Two more singles, and nine runs from the over.
Over 8 || Score 53/1 (Warner 24; Henriques 17)
Another bowling change. Kuldeep Yadav on for Kolkata Knight Riders. A single to Moises Henriques to start the spell. A leg bye followed as Yadav's googly beat David Warner's defence, and rolled between wicket-keeper's legs.
Two more singles, then a double. A dot to end the six-run over.
It's effectively KKR's period with the bowlers restrcting the scoring shots of SRH batsmen, specially Warner's.
Over 7 || Score 47/1 (Warner 23; Henriques 13)
Another bowling change, and Jason Holder conceded only four runs — all singles.
Over 6 || Score 43/1 (Warner 21; Henriques 11)
David Warner, for the first time, took control of the play. And the Aussie hit two fours — off the first and fifth ball of Sunil Narine's first over.
Three singles, and a wide and 12 runs from the over.
Over 5 || Score 31/1 (Warner 11; Henriques 10)
First big over for the match, with Yusuf Pathan leaking 10 runs in his third over.
Three singles off the first three balls, then a dropped chance, which resulted into a single for David Warner.
A dot ball, then Moises Henriques hit a six over mid-wicket.
Over 4 || Score 21/1 (Warner 9; Henriques 2)
Morne Morkel continued with his second over. A single to David Warner, then two dot balls to Moises Henriques. A single off the fourth ball, then another dot ball.
Warner played an guided shot, intentionally, just pass the diving wicket-keeper, for his first boundary.
Six runs from the over.
Over 3 || Score 15/1 (Warner 4; Henriques 1)
Yusuf Pathan continued with his second over. A brilliant over with three runs from it.
Moises Henriques, who came in after the fall of Shikhar Dhawan, opened his account off the third ball of the over with a single.
Over 2 || Score 12/1 (Warner 2; Henriques 0)
Morne Morkel shared the new ball with Yusuf Pathan. Three dot balls off the first three balls, then Shikhar Dhawan made good use of the room offered for the first four of the match. He slashed hard, and the ball flying over square leg, to the boundary.
Dhawan, then, flicked another four. But the very next ball, the wicket. He moved back for some room, but missed the ball and wickets castled.
WICKET: Shikhar Dhawan b Morne Morkel 10 (10b)
Eight runs and a Wicket. Moises Henriques is the new man.
Over 1 || Score 4/0 (Warner 2; Dhawan 2)
Yusuf Pathan, the off-break bowler, started the proceedings. A single to David Warner, then two dot balls followed. Shikhar Dhawan took a single off the third ball he faced.
One more single, the for the first time, the ball breached the circle as Dhawan came down and pushed towards mid-wicket fielder for a single.
Four singles from the first over.
Here are the playing XIs:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa (wk), Gautam Gambhir(capt.), Colin Munro, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Jason Holder, Rajagopal Sathish, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Morne Morkel
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner (capt.), Naman Ojha (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Ben Cutting, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Mustafizur Rahman
Umpires: Marais Erasmus and Shamshuddin
Third Umpire: Nandan
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama
Reserve Umpire: Navdeep Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss, and decided to bowl first at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
It's a do-or-die match for both the teams as losing side will be thrown out of the tournament.
Considering the fact, that Kotla is expected to offer a slow and low track, Gautam Gambhir-led KKR, will be having an upper hand as they have some premier spinners at their disposal.
But under the captaincy of David Warner, Hyderabad have played some outstanding cricket and are no pushovers.
But SRH are going to miss the services of their spearhead bowler Ashish Nehra, who has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury.
But a win today will not guarantee any side a place in the final as they will have to fight it out against Gujarat Lions in Bangalore on Friday.
It is expected to be a cracker of a match.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder, Morne Morkel, Ankit Rajpoot, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Brad Hogg, Colin Munro, Shaun Tait, Umesh Yadav, Sheldon Jackson, Kuldeep Yadav, Manan Sharma, Rajagopal Sathish and Jaydev Unadkat.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Karn Sharma, Mustafizur Rahman, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Kane Williamson, Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vijay Shankar, T Suman, Aditya Tare.
Welcome to our LIVE UPDATES of the Indian Premier League's Eliminator, which is being played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.