Kallis Guides Kolkata Into CLT20 Final
Kolkata Knight Riders 141-3 (Kallis 54no) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 140-6 by seven wickets
Champions League T20 semi-final, Hyderabad
Jacques Kallis struck an unbeaten half-century to put Kolkata Knight Riders into the Champions League T20 2014 final, finishing the game with a six as they beat Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets in the first semi-final.
Kallis hit an unbeaten 54 in 40 balls as Kolkata made it 14 wins in a row, reaching their first CLT20 final as they passed Hobart's score of 140 for six with five balls to spare.
Manish Pandey also hit 40 in 32 balls and although Hobart were sharp in the field, they didn't quite have enough runs on the board and despite a wicket apiece from Xavier Doherty, Doug Bollinger and Ben Laughlin, they will go no further.
They had earlier been left to rue losing Dominic Michael and Aiden Blizzard without scoring early in their innings.
Ben Dunk made 39 in 29 balls and Shoaib Malik an unbeaten 66 in 46 deliveries to guide them to a decent score, but one that always looked a touch short of where they needed to be - especially against Twenty20's in-form team of the moment.
Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine all returned identical figures of one for 24 with Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla also taking a wicket.
Kolkata openers Robin Uthappa (17) and Gautam Gambhir (4) fell early before Kallis and Pandey added 63 for the third wicket.
Hobart sensed a way back into the game when Laughlin had Pandey caught by Malik in the 16th over but the cool head of Kallis, aided by 14 in 13 balls from Pathan, saw Kolkata home.
Needing six to win from the final over, Kallis lifted Bollinger over the ropes at deep backward square to maintain Kolkata's unbeaten run.
They will play Chennai Super Kings in Saturday's final (4th October).
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