Hyderabad supporters did not get to see the match they were expecting in an eliminator.
The match was interrupted twice for three hours due to rain and the red-hot Kolkata Kinghtriders took away the match by knocking out defending champions in the eliminators. KKR also avenged last season’s defeat at the same stage.
The match began on Wednesday night and ended on Thursday morning at 1:27 AM. KKR needed 48 runs in six overs (D/L method) to set up a qualifier 2 date with Mumbai Indians at the same venue, Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Friday
The two time champions stuttered early in the chase, but comfortably won by seven wickets with four balls to spare. KKR lost its three wickets in first two overs of the match. Bhuneshwar Kumar and Chris Jordan struck took the wickets of Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa respectively, Yusuf Pathan was run out. However, captain Gautam Gambhir took the responsibility and won the match for KKR.
Earlier, Hyderabad lost the toss and were asked to bat first. The defending champions explosive batting line-up was put to hold by a disciplined bowling attack.
SRH batsmen were kept on a tight leash by KKR bowlers. Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile took the charge of the bowling and restricted SRH to a low score of 128/7.
SRH opening batsmen Warner, who scored 37 off 35 balls and Shikhar Dhawan, 11 off 13 balls failed to get the team to a good start. Dhawan hit a six off Umesh Yadav in the fifth over and SRH could muster only 30 runs in the power-play.
The second wicket partnership of Warner and Kane looked promising, the duo scored 50 in 45 balls. Bu SRH lost its run rate after both the batsmen left the crease. Yuvraj Singh could not get anything off his bat. Barring Vijay Shanker's 17-ball 22, there was no other noteworthy show in the middle-order, which unraveled in quick time.