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Sunrisers Hyderabad trump Kolkata Knight Riders to storm into the IPL Final

Sunrisers Hyderabad trump Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunrisers Hyderabad (174-7) arrest their losing streak to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders (160-9) by 14 runs in the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2018 on the back of Rashid Khan’s (34*, 4-19-3) dream all-round performance. They will now lock horns with Chennai Super Kings on Sunday in a bid to clinch the title.

The two teams came into the big match following contrasting fortunes. While SRH had lost their last 4 matches leading to the Qualifiers – in fact they had not won a game since 10th May – KKR had won their last 4 matches and had momentum on their side. This is the reason why they were considered-hot favourites for this game.

Put in to bat, SRH got off to a decent start with opener Shikhar Dhawan (34) looking very dangerous. However, Kuldeep Yadav (4-29-2) stalled SRH’s progress dismissing Dhawan and Captain Kane Williamson in quick succession.

Wriddhiman Saha (35), Shakib al Hasan (28) and Deepak Hooda (19) then played sensibly through the middle overs but the inning failed to get the much required impetus.

It looked as if Hyderabad would manage 150 or so, but it was Rashid Khan’s (34, SR: 340) blinder that took the team to a 174-run total.

KKR started strong with Sunil Narine (26, SR: 200) giving them momentum. Chris Lynn (48) also played well and was part of a 47-run partnership with Nitish Rana (22). However, the two mainstays of the KKR middle order – Robin Uthappa (2) and Dinesh Karthik (8) –fell cheaply as the team began to collapse.

Despite a fighting hand from U-19 star Shubman Gill (30, SR: 150) , the target proved to be out of KKR’s reach as the youngster ran out of capable partners.

Rashid Khan was the pick of the SRH bowlers and was awarded Man of the Match for his dream all-round performance.

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