Kolkata Knight Riders 48-3 (Gambhir 32no) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 128-7 (Warner 37) by seven wickets (D/L)
Eliminator, Indian Premier League, Bangalore
Kolkata Knight Riders survived a heavy scare from the rainy conditions in Bangalore and successfully managed to chase the revised target of 48 runs from six overs with seven wickets in hand against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator contest of the Indian Premier League tournament.
The result also ends Sunrisers Hyderabad's title defence while Kolkata will take on Mumbai Indians at the same venue on Friday with the winner joining Rising Pune Supergiant in the final on Sunday.
The rain which arrived after Hyderabad's innings almost washed away the game - a result which would have taken David Warner's men to the next round but after 210 minutes of delay, they officials managed to sneak a six over chase for Kolkata, the target for which was 48 runs.
Even though Chris Lynn (6) started the proceedings with a six, he was caught behind in the third ball of the chase off Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-11) and in the next ball Yusuf Pathan (0) was run out.
The problems further compounded for Kolkata when Robin Uthappa (1) was snared by Chris Jordan (1-9) in the second over but Gautam Gambhir (32 not out) kept the fight going with a six and a four to take them to 21 for three at the end of two overs.
Rashid Khan (0-11) bowled a brilliant couple of overs to halt Kolkata's momentum but Gambhir took on Siddharth Kaul (0-14) for a six and a four as they reached the target in 5.2 overs with seven wickets in hand.
Earlier, Kolkata won the toss and decided to field first that left Hyderabad reeling on a pitch that was on the slower side. Umesh Yadav (2-21) accounted for his Indian team mates Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Yuvraj Singh (9) wiht Piyush Chawla (1-27) picking the all-important wicket of David Warner (37).
Any chance of a Hyderabad comeback was put to rest after Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled a brilliant spell in which he snared Kane Williamson (24), Vijay Shankar (22) and Jordan (0) as the former champions could manage only 128 for seven in the 20 overs.
For his exploit with the ball, Coulter-Nile was awarded the man of the match as well.
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