Sunrisers defeat Kolkata to keep IPL alive


The Sunrisers Hyderabad made to sure to keep their Indian Premier League season alive on Wednesday when they beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs to advance to the second Eliminator.

The Sunrisers will next face the Gujarat Lions, who lost their first play-off game, and the winner of that match will meet the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament final on Sunday.

Kolkata had won the toss and opted to field, and conceded 162 runs thanks to everyone in the SRH top five reaching double figures. No-one made a half ton, but Yuvraj Sing's 44 off 30 balls and a 31 from Moises Henriques added up nicely.

Kolkata's bowling was middling, with nearly everyone conceding at least eight runs to the over, though Morne Morkel and Jason Holder took two wickets apiece. Kuldeep Yadav bagged three.

The chase started poorly when Robin Uthappa was removed in the second over, and after that only Manish Pandey's 36 showed much backbone. They were not helped by the fact that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman were deadly with their yorkers.

The pace pair were highly economical, and Kumar took three wickets for just 19 runs in his four overs. Kolkata were never able to get going properly, and those important final overs just dwindled away. They ended on 140 for eight.