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Bowlers keep Sunrisers Hyderabad alive in pursuit of maiden title

Bowlers keep Sunrisers Hyderabad alive in pursuit of maiden title
Moises Henriques picked two wickets and scored 31 runs.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 162-8 (Singh 44) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 140-8 (Pandey 36) by 22 runs
Eliminator, Indian Premier League, Delhi

A meticulous effort from the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 140 for eight in a chase of 163 runs and secured a 22-run win in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League in Delhi, thereby securing a berth in the second qualifying final against the Gujarat Lions.

Earlier in the day, Yuvraj Singh hit a 30-ball 44 and with contributions from the rest of the batting order and a cameo from Bipul Sharma, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 162 for eight in 20 overs.

Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first. After hitting two boundaries in the second over, Shikhar Dhawan (10) was castled by Morne Morkel (2-31). Kolkata Knight Riders bowled good lengths and restricted the scoring rate.

After being dropped in the fifth over, David Warner (28) hit two boundaries in the sixth over to take the score to 43 for one by the end of the powerplay although only one boundary was conceded by Kolkata Knight Riders in the next three overs.

Moises Henriques (31) and Warner fell in successive balls in the 10th over, ending the 59 run stand for the second wicket and at the halfway mark, Sunrisers Hyderabad had scored 71 for three.

Yuvraj (44) kept the scoreboard ticking with two fours and a six in the overs 12 and 13. Along with Deepak Hooda (21), he took Sunrisers Hyderabad to 109 for three after 15 overs.

After hitting a six in the 16th over, Hooda was run out but Yuvraj smashed two fours to score 15 runs from the over.

In the next over, Kuldeep Yadav (3-35) had Ben Cutting (0) stumped but Yuvraj continued to flourish and struck two more fours. Sunrisers Hyderabad then lost Yuvraj and Naman Ojha in the 19th over.

A cameo from Sharma (14 not out) took Sunrisers Hyderabad to 162 for eight in 20 overs.

Barinder Sran (1-29) dismissed Robin Uthappa (11) in the second over of the chase before Gautam Gambhir (28) and Colin Munro (16) consolidated and boosted the powerplay score to 46 for one.

Munro was run out in the seventh over, thanks to a superb throw from Yuvraj. Two tight overs added pressure and Gambhir holed out to long-on in the 10th over, leaving Kolkata Knight Riders struggling at 66 for three at the halfway mark.

The slide continued as Yusuf Pathan (2) fell in the 11th over. However, Manish Pandey (36) and Suryakumar Yadav (23) shifted gears and added 46 runs in five overs.

Suryakumar was dropped in the 15th over, by the end of which Kolkata Knight Riders needed 53 runs with six wickets in hand.

Suryakumar failed to make full use of the reprieve and was caught at deep square leg off Henriques (2-17).

With the required run rate climbing, Pandey attempted to take on Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-19) in the 18th over but was caught at long-on. 33 runs were now needed for Kolkata Knight Riders from 12 balls with four wickets left.

Mustafizur Rahman (0-28) gave away just eight runs in the penultimate over. Defending 25 runs from the final over, Kumar delivered a textbook exhibition of death bowling and sent Rajagopal Satish (8) and Jason Holder (6) back, giving away just two runs.

Kolkata Knight Riders were restricted to 140 for eight in 20 overs. Sunrisers Hyderabad progressed into the second qualifying final with a 22-run victory. For his all-round efforts, Henriques took home the player-of-the-match award.

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