126dThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

Narine, Lynn and Uthappa book KKR's playoffs spot

Kolkata Knight Riders put in yet another spirited performance to win their final league game by five wickets and consigning Sunrisers Hyderabad to their third straight loss

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CA Lynn
55(43) 4x4 - 3x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 20 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
0 0 6 4 9 15 8 13
S Dhawan
50(39) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 5 8 7 8 10 4 7

Best performances - Bowlers

M Prasidh Krishna
O4
M0
R30
W4
Eco7.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
CR Brathwaite
O2.4
M0
R21
W2
Eco7.87
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Sunrisers Hyderabad , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

19 May 2018 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Sunrisers Hyderabad 0

Scorer: @Cricket_Lama | Commentator: @sreshthx

12.03pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo as well. Who will grab the final Playoff spot? Find out with us tomorrow. Should be another cracker of a day. Till then, on the behalf of everyone here, it's bye bye!

raghuveer: "Y chris lynn i dont understand this selectors for Man of the Match it is clear prasid was obviously in for Man of the match..." -- Three wickets for him in the final over. Not great value actually, to be fair

11.57pm Presentation time.

Dinesh Karthik: At the end of the day, we strive for a playoff spot. At the end of 14 games if the combination doesn't set, then we're doing something wrong (laughs). It's good to see we are pulling back games. Touch wood, I'd like to think we're peaking at the right time. Feels good to be here.

Chris Lynn, the Man of the Match: I said at the last game, we're building momentum nicely. The wickets here are slower here, so need to adapt here. Therefore slower than BBL. And I don't need to blast it away, because Narine's doing it anyway. I've learnt to do well here the hard way. Started off with some poor scores. There's not much that Sunil and I talk about. I like being at the other end. He takes the momentum away from the opponent. He's a cool character. You don't want to complicate things with him. Business end coming up, we've got some form, and we're not going to change how we play.

Jigar: "Depending on tomorrow's performance CSK can finish at either 1 2 or 3. And still 3 teams can qualify for 1 remaining spot which will be decided by last league game. Phew this is the most closely contested IPL season I guess."

11.51pm We'll have the post-match presentation in a few moments. Great scenes at the ground infact. The Sunrisers players are going all around the ground, thanking their fans for a wonderful home leg. Smiles all around, despite the loss for the hosts.

Karthik Sekhar: "Seemed as if SRH were way ahead of other teams. But when i check the points table, they are only 1 extra win from 2nd and 3rd placed teams!!!!..."

Shankha Ghosh : "KKR probably don't want to face their nemesis MI in eden...that's why Uthappa wished punjab the best."

Soubhik: "No player among top 5 run getters and wicket takers and still comfortably qualifying for playoffs. KKR showing that Cricket is indeed a team sport. "

VernonVarun: "Somebody please put it on the plate now - what the hell does CSK have to ensure Top 2 finish?" -- CSK will have to lose by around 75 runs (chasing 180) to relinquish 2nd spot. So looks like KKR will stay 3rd. If they bat first, their opponents would need to chase a 160-odd score down in 11.4 overs. Phew, lots of number crunching.

11.44pm We've found our third team for the playoffs. KKR join Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers for a spot in the final. The teams shake hands. Lynn and Narine set the chase up with the bat, but don't forget the way KKR's bowlers fought back in the first innings. Sunrisers lost seven wickets for 31 runs tonight. Word from the losing captain in a moment...

Kane Williamson: It was a little patchy from us. A few more runs would've been handy. We were on target for 200, but well done by KKR to pull things back. Some character showed by our boys. It's playoff cricket, so we need to stick to our strengths. We were just a fraction off the mark. We just needed one more partnership to put the foot on their throat, but they did bowl well. We've played on such a variety of surfaces, and that's been a strength of ours actually. It's a fine line. We just need to do a couple of adjustments.

Robin Uthappa: We didn't think about losing. Wanted to play to our potential, and that's what we did. Did fantastic with the ball, after they were 140-odd in 14 overs. Sensational by the bowlers. We've been chasing well too, so critical for us to build partnerships. It came on much better. I'm pretty happy to get a string of scores, but I definitely want to get a lot more. I've been getting starts, need to get more than that. Enjoyed being the anchor today as Lynny played his way. We hope Kings XI do well.

Chan: "Nobody has noticed but Bhuvi has been very ineffective in the last few games."

19.4
1
Brathwaite to Karthik, 1 run, low full toss on middle, and that's been tapped to long on. KKR qualify into the IPL playoffs! Celebrations in the KKR dugout. Hugs in the camp.
19.3
0
Brathwaite to Karthik, no run, slower ball, and outside off stump. Attempts the drive but deceived by the pace. Goes past his bat's outside edge

DK on strike. If he finishes it off, he'll be not out for the fifth time in KKR's six successful chases (including today) this season

19.2
W
Brathwaite to Rana, OUT, good length on off, and Rana succumbs! Tries to play the pull, but he's mistimed it to fine leg. Bhuvneshwar the man there. Drama?

N Rana c Kumar b Brathwaite 7 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

19.1
4
Brathwaite to Rana, FOUR runs, full and wide outside off, but Rana manages to find the boundary! Reaches at it, but manages to drill this cut past point. Deep point's dive is futile. Scores are tied

Brathwaite to bowl the final over. Around the wicket

END OF OVER:
19 | 5 Runs | KKR: 168/4 (5 runs required from 2 balls, RR: 8.84, RRR: 5.00)

  • KD Karthik25 (20b)
  • N Rana3 (3b)
  • B Kumar4-0-33-0
  • S Kaul4-0-26-2

Varun: "DK is a sheer 2-run torture. He just keeps picking 2 runs each ball he faces and exhausts the fielding unit! Way to go DK...."

18.6
0
Kumar to Karthik, no run, yorker on off, and that's been squeezed away to point. DK wants the single, but no chance. KKR need five off the final over to secure playoff qualification

Nabin chattaraj: "Going by the venues I would fancy Mumbai to win ipl again if they qualify for play offs. Eliminator and qualifier in lucky Eden's and final in home"

Bikram pudasain: "Karthik....plz finish the game... I want to sleep "

18.5
1
Kumar to Rana, 1 run, full on of, and Rana backs away to make some extra room. Drives through the cover region. Man in the deep though

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st52SP NarineCA Lynn
2nd67RV UthappaCA Lynn
3rd30RV UthappaKD Karthik
4th11KD KarthikAD Russell
5th12KD KarthikN Rana
6th1KD KarthikShubman Gill