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Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 22 runs
162/8 - 20/20 ov
140/8 - 20/20 ov
Eliminator, Delhi

And then there were three! Sunrisers' win means that there will be a new champion this year. For KKR, the dream is over, but for the remaining contenders, it has only just begun. Thanks very much for your company and we look forward to seeing you on Friday for Gujarat v Sunrisers. Until then, look after yourselves.

MoM: Moises Henriques

Warner: "We fielded well and that's what we set out to do. If you can field well, you will defend those close games. Bipul Sharma's sixes off Morne Morkel came in handy. Runs on the board is always important in Finals. The way the bowlers bowled was fantastic. We took some spectacular catches in the outfield. Both us and Gujarat have strike power and it's going to be a great contest. I'm ecstatic as a captain. It's all about executing our plans."

Gambhir: "I thought 160 was a chaseable total. Colin's run out was the turning point. I thought we didn't get any big partnerships. Yuvi changed the momentum with his innings. To replace someone like Russell is very difficult. We should have chased it down on this wicket. Our batters didn't live up to the expectations. We always know that with this format, you have to keep playing well. We were very confident going into this game."

Match Report: Sunrisers Hyderabad had the last laugh over the Kolkata Knight Riders. SRH had lost to KKR twice in the league season, but in the game that mattered most – in the Eliminator of VIVO IPL 2016 – they came up triumphant. SRH will thank their bowlers for a clinical performance, which saw them restrict KKR – in pursuit of 163 – to 140-8. The 22-run victory means SRH have set up a date with the Gujarat Lions and will now contest in Qualifier 2 on Friday night.

SRH did the basics right in their defense; the bowlers bowled in the right areas and built the pressure, the fielders held on to the catches that came their way and even converted the half-chances to wickets. Yuvraj Singh effected a brilliant run out, after which Bhuvneshwar Kumar and substitute Vijay Shankar held on to difficult catches in the outfield, to help build pressure during KKR’s chase.

Despite losing Robin Uthappa early in the chase, Gautam Gambhir and Colin Munro resurrected KKR’s chase with a steady partnership. When the pair were going about accumulating runs, striking the odd boundary, it appeared KKR were in control of proceedings and would easily overhaul the target. But a risky bit of running, which resulted in the run out of Munro turned the match on its head. Gambhir dabbed the ball to point and took off for a sharp single, not aware that Yuvraj Singh was already swooping in on the ball; Yuvraj picked up the ball and hit the target bull’s eye, while off balance, to catch Munro short of his ground. The score then was 53 for 2 at the end of seven overs; KKR could only add 87 runs in the remaining 13 overs and therefore fell short of the target.

There was only one other partnership for KKR, and that came too late. Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav, who got together in the eleventh over, added 46 runs in five overs to take their team closer. But once Yadav (23 from 15 balls) miscued a short delivery and holed out to the fielder at square-leg, it was almost curtains. Pandey’s dismissal for 36 – in the 18th over – was the final nail in the coffin. KKR finished their twenty overs at 140-8.

For SRH, the bowlers were outstanding yet again – especially at a time when it mattered; the match hung in the balance after 15 overs, when KKR were 110-4 and needed 53 runs. That’s when Henriques, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman stepped up. Bhuvneshwar was the most successful bowler for SRH, returning with figures of 3-19 and taking the Purple Cap for becoming the top wicket-taker of the season, while Henriques (2-17), Cutting and Sran shared the rest of the spoils. A special mention needs to be made of Mustafizur, who was spectacular in the death; the lad from Bangladesh got his yorkers spot on and finished with tidy figures of 0-28.

Earlier in the evening, Sunrisers Hyderabad started cautiously, established momentum through the innings and finished with a flourish. They finished their twenty overs at 162-8; this, despite losing wickets at regular intervals and none of the batsmen going on to post a big score.

After losing Shikhar Dhawan in the second over, SRH got back on track through a 59-run stand between skipper David Warner and Moises Henriques, with the latter being the dominant contributor. However the dismissal of both the well-set batsmen in the tenth over meant SRH had to start all over again; Henriques was dismissed for 31 (21 balls, 1 four & 2 sixes), while Warner made a run-a-ball 28.

Yuvraj Singh chose the day to make his biggest contribution with the bat this season. On a two-paced pitch where the rest of the batsmen struggled, Yuvraj timed the ball beautifully; he hit one six straight over the sightscreen and muscled the ball to the leg-side boundary on several occasions. He made 44 and was involved in a 49-run stand with Deepak Hooda (21 from 13 balls). When the pair were in the middle, SRH appeared to be on course for a total in the region of 180. But Hooda ran himself out (yet again) in the 16th over and Ben Cutting charged out blindly first ball to be stumped by a mile two balls later.

Yuvraj himself was dismissed in the nineteenth over when he walked across to the off side and attempted to improvise, but lost his stumps. Bipul Sharma (14* from 6 balls) hit two sixes in the final over to help his team finish with a flourish. SRH added 64 runs in the final six overs to post 162-8.

For KKR, Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful bowler; the chinaman bowler dismissed Warner and Henrqiues with consecutive deliveries, then added the wicket of Cutting to his tally to finish with figures of 3-35. Morne Morkel dismissed Dhawan upfront and then returned to dismiss Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Jason Holder accounted for Yuvraj Singh and Naman Ojha. Yusuf Pathan, who began proceedings with the new ball, was the most economical bowler, conceding only 17 runs in the three overs he bowled within the Powerplay overs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 22 runs

End of Over 20 - 2 runs, 2 wickets KKR 140/8
Sunil Narine1* (3b)
Morne Morkel*0* (0b)
19.6 B Kumar to S Narine, no run, 116.84 km/h full length outside off stump.

Wicket! Picks out the man! Holder wanted to go big but finds Cutting coming in from long off

19.5 B Kumar to J Holder, WICKET!!! J Holder is out c Ben Cutting b Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 124.48 km/h good length just outside off stump.
19.4 B Kumar to S Narine, one run, 123.43 km/h short length outside off stump.

Dot ball. Bhuvi's just got to not bowl any wides or no balls!

19.3 B Kumar to S Narine, no run, 139.53 km/h full toss outside off stump.

Wicket! Sensational yorker and that's probably that!

19.2 B Kumar to R Sathish, WICKET!!! R Sathish is out b Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 140.28 km/h full length on leg stump.

Angled in and it's a leg bye. Gets Holder off strike

19.1 B Kumar to J Holder, 1 leg bye.
End of Over 19 - 8 runs KKR 138/6
Rajagopal Sathish8* (8b)
Jason Holder*6* (5b 1x4)
18.6 Mustafizur Rahman to R Sathish, two runs, 134.96 km/h full toss on leg stump.

Tries the reverse sweep but fails to properly connect

18.5 Mustafizur Rahman to J Holder, 1 leg bye.

Four! Chipped over mid on and that's four. KKR needed that!

18.4 Mustafizur Rahman to J Holder, FOUR, 141.22 km/h full length going down leg.

Torker between the legs. Another dot

18.3 Mustafizur Rahman to J Holder, no run, 136.31 km/h full length going down leg.

Full ball outside off and Holder fails to connect. 32 off 10

18.2 Mustafizur Rahman to J Holder, no run, 124.94 km/h full length outside off stump.

Slower delivery straight up in the air, but it falls safe. Just a single

18.1 Mustafizur Rahman to R Sathish, one run, 124.53 km/h good length just outside off stump.

So 33 required off 12. Who's going to make themselves a hero here? Mustafizur to Sathish.

End of Over 18 - 6 runs, 1 wicket KKR 130/6
Jason Holder2* (1b)
Rajagopal Sathish*5* (6b)
17.6 B Kumar to J Holder, two runs, 139.29 km/h full length going down leg.
17.5 B Kumar to R Sathish, one run, 134.5 km/h full length going down leg.
17.4 B Kumar to R Sathish, two runs, 134.28 km/h full toss going down leg.
17.3 B Kumar to R Sathish, no run, 139.99 km/h full length going down leg.

Wicket! Game, set and match? Manish looks to go big, but doesn't get all of it and Hooda takes the catch

17.2 B Kumar to M Pandey, WICKET!!! M Pandey is out c Deepak Hooda b Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 137.32 km/h full toss going down leg.
17.1 B Kumar to R Sathish, one run, 137.12 km/h full length on middle stump.
End of Over 17 - 8 runs KKR 124/5
Manish Pandey36* (27b 2x4 1x6)
Rajagopal Sathish*1* (2b)

Four! Great shot by Manish! Comes down and smashes a full toss over mid-wicket

16.6 Mustafizur Rahman to M Pandey, FOUR, 138.71 km/h full toss going down leg.
16.5 Mustafizur Rahman to R Sathish, 1 leg bye.
16.4 Mustafizur Rahman to M Pandey, one run, 137.56 km/h full length on middle stump.
16.3 Mustafizur Rahman to M Pandey, no run, 140.56 km/h full length going down leg.
16.2 Mustafizur Rahman to R Sathish, one run, 140.63 km/h full toss going down leg.
16.1 Mustafizur Rahman to M Pandey, one run, 137.74 km/h full length outside off stump.
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