drilled down to long-off, but it doesn't matter. SRH have arrested a four-match losing streak and will play Chennai Super Kings in Sunday's final. KKR's campaign has come to a shuddering halt
|Kuldeep Yadav||KKR||69.75||0(3)||-||- 0.34||2/29||3.2||70.09|
|Shakib Al Hasan||SRH||67.45||28(24)||22.94||16.82||1/16||1.87||50.63|
That's all the cricket for the night, but be sure to come prepared for an action-packed Saturday, including the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. Here's a tasty appetizer to get Liverpool fans into the mood for the summit clash in Kiev.
10.55pm So the top two sides from the group stages will contest the grand finale! First win for Sunrisers Hyderabad in over two weeks, and what a big win this is. The hero? None other than Rashid Khan, who smashed an unbeaten 10-ball 34 to set up a strong target of 175. Then with the ball, he did what he usually does. Picked up the crucial wickets of Chris Lynn and Andre Russell in successive overs to tilt the scales in Sunrisers' favour.
Rashid Khan is the Player of he Match. He dedicates the award to those who lost their lives in a blast during a cricket game in his hometown few days ago. Is there something he can't do? Bat, ball, field. He's a legend already in these parts. "It was much-needed for me, wanted to give my 100 percent in all departments. Focus was to just believe in my skills. I was happy with the batting, it was needed in the end. I started my career as a batsman, I believe in my skills and wanted to finish off well. I just tried to pick the lengths, the focus was to play straight. That was the plan from the senior players. Fielding is one department where you can't make excuses, compared to last year, I've worked really hard in my fielding. If I can't contribute with bat or ball, I'm always looking forward to contribute on the field. Modern cricket demands that. I'm working hard on that."
Kane Williamson, the winning captain: Was a great fighting effort, game ebbed and flowed. Game could've gone either way, fell our way in crunch moments. Credit to the way the boys finished off. Was slipping away at the start, but we pulled it back nicely to get wickets. Rashid was brilliant, but he's got another game day after. We'll keep him wrapped up. Exciting, must-win game, great to go through to the final, important to move on. As a team we fight till the last ball, showed that today. Someone like Rashid is the perfect example of that. Outstanding talent, but a team effort. Lot of the guys chipped in, great team fighting effort which is the attitude we want to see. I the thing we didn't change was our balance, Saha was injured but he came back, was nice to have his experience. Every one of the guys have played a huge part, whether on or off the field."
Shakib Al Hasan: Third time i'll be playing in an IPL final. Thanks to the franchise for playing me in all games. Some games we didn't do our best, but a good tournament overall for Sunrisers. We always knew you can lose in the last two-three overs in T20s, momentum changes. We had to hold our nerves, but we used our experience from the other day. Carlos will be a happy man, the way we lost that day, he thought it was because of him. The way he came back today was terrific. Chennai is a great side, it'll be a great final. In the middle overs where Rashid and I bowled, we squeezed the game. That was the turning point.
Dinesh Karthik, the losing captain: It's hard to digest, we played a good tournament. To finish on the losing side doesn't feel good. We had the game at the 10-over mark, couple of bad shots cost us. Me, Robin had to bat through, Lynn was good. Me not batting through was a mistake on my part.
walks across to paddle fine, but misses. It's all but over now.
right into the blockhole outside off, dug back. He goes for the catch but he took it on the bounce.
Brathwaite on a hat-trick
he's picked out Rashid at deep midwicket! Oh, dear. Surely that's the end of KKR's hopes? This was hit well, but he got more elevation than distance. Swirling in the air, Rashid came in from the ropes and then took it well with his palms facing upwards. Brathwaite's decision of going around the stumps to cramp the batsmen for room has worked so far. Is that the final nail in KKR's coffin?
Kuldeep is the new man in
he's whipped this straight to Rashid at deep midwicket. Wasn't far from clearing the ropes, right intent. Just the execution was a little off. Mavi backed away, got under the delivery and hit it well. Rashid was on the move to his left, kept his composure and took this. The crucial thing from KKR's point of view is Shubman Gill will be on strike.
Brathwaite to go around the stumps
sliced over backward point, one bounce into the ropes. Poor from Carlos, bowls too full and straight. Enough pace for Mavi to work with
Carlos Brathwaite to bowl the final over. It was here two years ago that he hit 19 off Stokes to win the World T20 title for West Indies in dramatic circumstances. Here he's going to have to defend 19 to take Sunrisers into the IPL final. Either ways, 'remember the name.'
he's cleared the ropes! Uses the depth of the crease to get under the length and belt this over wide long-off. This is magnificent. The match is alive.
lofted over the infield, but Williamson, running back from cover, can't get there. They scamper back for the second
Two huge deliveries. Both have to disappear
carved to sweeper cover, SRH won't mind the singles.
walks across and whips this full toss on the bounce to deep midwicket
another ripper of a yorker, squeezed to cover but they chance a run. Williamson misses a direct hit at the striker's end. Gill would've been walking back had that hit. Had three stumps to aim at
Mavi joins his India Under-19 mate Gill
the off stump has been flattened! Chawla went to wallop this over long-off, swung through early, missed it and heard the death rattle. Cross-seam delivery this from Kaul, landed just a touch ahead of length. Chawla didn't get anywhere close to that. KKR right on the edge.
Sid Kaul to bowl the penultimate over
belted back, Bhuvi gets a hand, but it will be cruel to call that a chance! Deflects this to the boundary. So hard was that hit by Gill. Much-needed for KKR.
paddled but can't beat the fine leg fielder.
angles this full delivery into the base of leg stump to cramp Gill, who works this to deep midwicket
third yorker in a row, Chawla toe-ends this back towards the bowler, Bhuvi can't stop it cleanly on his followthrough, parries this to mid-off
superb yorker-length ball, looks to muscle this over long-on, but can't get underneath the length, down to the fielder for a single
right into the blockhole, Chawla squeezes this towards backward point as they scamper a run
Bhuvneshwar is back
Raghu: "Lot of similarities with the Qualifier 1. Kane has to choose between Khaleel and Brathwaite to bowl one over.. Tough decision for Captain of the year."
can't get hold of a juicy full toss, mistimes this to deep midwicket
Thomas: "Bad management decision to bring in the rookie Ahmed at a knock off game and he has gone for plenty. SRH seem to be unravelling when it comes to make crucial decision both on and off the field." -- The seventh ball went for six
another superb yorker that tailed in late towards middle, squeezed to sweeper cover
Paramdev: "KKR turned it around after second time out against RR, can they do it against SRH as well?"
|Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Toss||Kolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Sunrisers Hyderabad advanced|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50- 22.20|
|Match days||25 May 2018 - night (20-over match)|
Over 20 • KKR 160/9
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Rashid Khan found out? Not a chance
Williamson hails Sunrisers' hard scrap
Rashid Khan, 'Most Valuable Player in T20'
|N Rana||run out||22||16|
|Kuldeep Yadav||not out||0||3|
|M Prasidh Krishna||not out||0||0|
|Extras||(lb 2, w 1)|
|Total||160(9 wkts; 20 ovs)|