Kolkata Knight Riders 161-6 (Pathan 72) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 160-7 by four wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Kolkata
Yusuf Pathan struck a brilliant 72 in 22 balls as the Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets to guarantee a second-placed finish in the Indian Premier League 2014 table.
Needing to chase down 161 inside 15.2 overs to finish as runners-up behind the Kings XI Punjab, Pathan's outstanding innings set them en route to a win that also knocked the Sunrisers out.
It included five fours and seven sixes and his side will now play the Kings XI Punjab in the first qualifying play-off on Tuesday at Eden Gardens, their home ground.
After Hyderabad posted 160 for seven, and reduced Kolkata to 78 for four, they were still in the game, only for Pathan's 15-ball half-century, the quickest in IPL history, to put them out.
With this amazing win, Kolkata lifted themselves to 18 points from 14 games (nine wins) and beat the Chennai Super Kings (18 points from 14 games) on run-rate.
Meanwhile, the Sunrisers Hyderabad finally bowed out of competition, finishing sixth with 12 points from 14 games (six wins).
Chasing 161, Kolkata started off well again, with Robin Uthappa showing the way once more. He put on 43 runs for the first wicket with Gautam Gambhir, who scored 28 runs off 18 balls with four fours and one six.
The skipper fell in the fifth over and it became a double blow as Manish Pandey (2) perished cheaply. But the 50-run mark had come up in good time, in 6.1 overs, and that was a good sign.
Uthappa couldn’t go on much longer and was dismissed for 41 off 30 balls, with four fours and two sixes, and following him was Ryan ten Doeschate (0) who was run out.
Pathan then took control and added 38 runs with Shakib al Hasan, who contributed just one run in that partnership as the 100-run mark came up in the 11th over.
The next 50 runs came off only 16 balls, as Pathan smacked 50 off only 15 balls, the fastest fifty ever scored in IPL history.
He hit three fours and five sixes, and then went on to hit two more fours and two more sixes, as he scored 22 more runs off the next seven balls he faced. In all he scored 72 runs off a mere 22 balls and helped Kolkata chased down a tall order and qualify in second spot.
Karn Sharma (4-38) and Jason Holder (1-35) were the wicket-takers for Hyderabad.
Earlier, Kolkata won the toss and elected to field first. Hyderabad got off to a poor start with David Warner (4) dismissed cheaply.
But Shikhar Dhawan and Naman Ojha put on 64 runs for the second wicket to resurrect the innings. They brought up the 50-run mark in 6.1 overs, but never really got going. Dhawan scored 29 off 31 balls, with five fours, while Ojha made 26 runs off 23 balls, hitting five fours and one six.
Darren Sammy and Venugopal Rao then put on 32 runs for the fourth wicket as the 100-run mark came up in the 14th over.
Rao scored 27 off 26 balls, including four fours, but his dismissal in the 15th over triggered a loss of momentum for Hyderabad. Aniruddha Srikkanth (3) and Holder (16) fell shortly afterwards, and it was only Sammy’s 29 off 19 balls, including one four and three sixes, that took Hyderabad to a par score.
For Kolkata, Morne Morkel (1-32), Ranganath Vinay Kumar (1-32), ten Doeschate (1-7) and Shakib (1-25) were the successful bowlers.
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