low full toss on middle, and that's been tapped to long on. KKR qualify into the IPL playoffs! Celebrations in the KKR dugout. Hugs in the camp.
12.03pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo as well. Who will grab the final Playoff spot? Find out with us tomorrow. Should be another cracker of a day. Till then, on the behalf of everyone here, it's bye bye!
raghuveer: "Y chris lynn i dont understand this selectors for Man of the Match it is clear prasid was obviously in for Man of the match..." -- Three wickets for him in the final over. Not great value actually, to be fair
11.57pm Presentation time.
Dinesh Karthik: At the end of the day, we strive for a playoff spot. At the end of 14 games if the combination doesn't set, then we're doing something wrong (laughs). It's good to see we are pulling back games. Touch wood, I'd like to think we're peaking at the right time. Feels good to be here.
Chris Lynn, the Man of the Match: I said at the last game, we're building momentum nicely. The wickets here are slower here, so need to adapt here. Therefore slower than BBL. And I don't need to blast it away, because Narine's doing it anyway. I've learnt to do well here the hard way. Started off with some poor scores. There's not much that Sunil and I talk about. I like being at the other end. He takes the momentum away from the opponent. He's a cool character. You don't want to complicate things with him. Business end coming up, we've got some form, and we're not going to change how we play.
Jigar: "Depending on tomorrow's performance CSK can finish at either 1 2 or 3. And still 3 teams can qualify for 1 remaining spot which will be decided by last league game. Phew this is the most closely contested IPL season I guess."
11.51pm We'll have the post-match presentation in a few moments. Great scenes at the ground infact. The Sunrisers players are going all around the ground, thanking their fans for a wonderful home leg. Smiles all around, despite the loss for the hosts.
Karthik Sekhar: "Seemed as if SRH were way ahead of other teams. But when i check the points table, they are only 1 extra win from 2nd and 3rd placed teams!!!!..."
Shankha Ghosh : "KKR probably don't want to face their nemesis MI in eden...that's why Uthappa wished punjab the best."
Soubhik: "No player among top 5 run getters and wicket takers and still comfortably qualifying for playoffs. KKR showing that Cricket is indeed a team sport. "
VernonVarun: "Somebody please put it on the plate now - what the hell does CSK have to ensure Top 2 finish?" -- CSK will have to lose by around 75 runs (chasing 180) to relinquish 2nd spot. So looks like KKR will stay 3rd. If they bat first, their opponents would need to chase a 160-odd score down in 11.4 overs. Phew, lots of number crunching.
11.44pm We've found our third team for the playoffs. KKR join Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers for a spot in the final. The teams shake hands. Lynn and Narine set the chase up with the bat, but don't forget the way KKR's bowlers fought back in the first innings. Sunrisers lost seven wickets for 31 runs tonight. Word from the losing captain in a moment...
Kane Williamson: It was a little patchy from us. A few more runs would've been handy. We were on target for 200, but well done by KKR to pull things back. Some character showed by our boys. It's playoff cricket, so we need to stick to our strengths. We were just a fraction off the mark. We just needed one more partnership to put the foot on their throat, but they did bowl well. We've played on such a variety of surfaces, and that's been a strength of ours actually. It's a fine line. We just need to do a couple of adjustments.
Robin Uthappa: We didn't think about losing. Wanted to play to our potential, and that's what we did. Did fantastic with the ball, after they were 140-odd in 14 overs. Sensational by the bowlers. We've been chasing well too, so critical for us to build partnerships. It came on much better. I'm pretty happy to get a string of scores, but I definitely want to get a lot more. I've been getting starts, need to get more than that. Enjoyed being the anchor today as Lynny played his way. We hope Kings XI do well.
Chan: "Nobody has noticed but Bhuvi has been very ineffective in the last few games."
slower ball, and outside off stump. Attempts the drive but deceived by the pace. Goes past his bat's outside edge
DK on strike. If he finishes it off, he'll be not out for the fifth time in KKR's six successful chases (including today) this season
good length on off, and Rana succumbs! Tries to play the pull, but he's mistimed it to fine leg. Bhuvneshwar the man there. Drama?
full and wide outside off, but Rana manages to find the boundary! Reaches at it, but manages to drill this cut past point. Deep point's dive is futile. Scores are tied
Brathwaite to bowl the final over. Around the wicket
Varun: "DK is a sheer 2-run torture. He just keeps picking 2 runs each ball he faces and exhausts the fielding unit! Way to go DK...."
yorker on off, and that's been squeezed away to point. DK wants the single, but no chance. KKR need five off the final over to secure playoff qualification
Nabin chattaraj: "Going by the venues I would fancy Mumbai to win ipl again if they qualify for play offs. Eliminator and qualifier in lucky Eden's and final in home"
Bikram pudasain: "Karthik....plz finish the game... I want to sleep "
full on of, and Rana backs away to make some extra room. Drives through the cover region. Man in the deep though
back of a length outside off, and this time he manages to drag the pull to deep midwicket
Prashant Vipul: "What CSK needs to do in their last match for top two finish ?" -- A win, or lose by a close margin
good length outside off, and angling slightly away after pitching. Tries to pull, but the ball goes under his bat. Through to Goswami
full on off, and pushed off the front foot to the midwicket region. No one's there, so long on has to give it a big chase. Enough time to sneak in the second run
yorker on leg stump, but ends up as a very low full toss. Clipped off his boots to deep backward square
Abhishek: "I think people need to relax about SRH bowling. First of all its an ultra professional league. You can't expect that batsman won't prepare and fall for the se bowlers and type of balls again and again. Secondly, with SRH are already guaranteed a top 2 finish so maybe they don't want to expand too much of their bowling resources. I expect them to come back with full intensity in knock-outs."
yorker just outside off, and that's been played with the bat's open face. Glanced to deep point
Siddish: "Manish Pandey had only a couple of knocks to his name, but most importantly he his been the backbone of SRH fielding, especially catching. "
good length outside off, and punched off the front foot to sweeper cover. Easy pickings
slower ball, full outside off. Too wide, says the umpire
Darshin Vyas: "Very surprising to see people criticising Sunrisers bowling...it's a good batting wicket and the dew has made batting look much easier with the ball coming nicely on the bat unlike the first innings..and let's not forget...Sunrisers had a great momentum..and then Pandey happened "
Siddhesh: "So both the top ranked sides this IPL have been made to eat humble pie in the past 2 days. The play-off battle is still alive for the final spot. This final week of IPL promises to be M E G A!"
full just outside off, and Russell winds up for a big slog. Tries to send it over long off, but toe ends it this time. In the air for ages, and mid off settles under it
back of a length on middle, and Russell ain't done trying to pull.Connects this time, and top edges it to fine leg. Good effort by Sandeep at fine leg, but the scoreboard won't show that. Diving effort, but dropped
Sam: "Is Brathwaite wearing Ricky Bhui's shirt. It has "Ricky" on the back" -- Nah, that's his nickname. Ricky Brathwaite. Promise to remember the name?
short on middle, and Russell makes room to pull it away. Misses again!
ABHIMANYU: "SRH has more BOWLING than batting issues to address . Quite ironic to the start of tournament"
full, but wide outside off. Forced to reach at it, but still manages to drive it safely past the cover region. Man in the deep
back of a length on off, and Russell goes for a wild swing of the bat. Misses completely
raghuveer: "Uthappa getting out in 40's 4th time this season."
full toss outside off, and muscled to the wide long-on boundary for a single
pulled with disdain! Back of a length outside off, and DK picks the slower ball early. Thumps it to the cow-corner boundary thereafter. Flat, and one bounce four