IPL 2017, SRH vs KKR: How Nathan Coulter-Nile, Gautam Gambhir starred in Kolkata’s victory

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first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the IPL 2017 Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. (POINTS TABLE | SCORECARD)Credit mustalso go the groundstaff. They have relaid the outfield and the newsystem to counter the rain came out fruitful today. On any other ground, after a 2-hour rain break, you normally don’t see games happening butthankfully, we got enough time for a curtailed game.Hyderabad haveonly themselves to blame. They did not help their cause with the poorbatting performance and now crash out of the tournament despite beingone of the best teams in the tournament. David Warner and co should beproud of the way they fought. They will realize that on the day whichmattered the most, they faltered and were outplayed.Kolkata have survived a real scare here. When it was bucketing down, it looked like they could crash out of the tournament due to the weather but the rain gods knew it would have been unfair on them and hence they relented. They had to chase down 48 and despite the early wickets, skipper Gautam Gambhir played through to saw his team over the line. They will be might pleased with the [email protected]_jaggi hits the winning runs and we win the rain-curtailed encounter by 7? wickets. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201701.26 IST: Bipul Shrma to ball the last over01.25 IST: Kolkata need 2 runs from the last over. KKR: 46/3 (5 Overs)Kolkata need 2 runs in 7 ballsadvertisementKolkata need 4 runs in 9 balls01.23 IST: Rashid Khan to ball the second over. Kolkata need 7 runs in 12 balls01.19 IST: S Kaul to G Gambhir SIX! Freebies! Into the hips, Gambhir just shuffles a bit and helps it on its way. Gets it over the fine leg region for a biggie. Gambhir has now taken the game away from Hyderabad. They only need 10 runs off 15 balls. KKR: 41/3 (4 Overs)01.18 IST: S Kaul to G Gambhir FOUR! You don’t bowl those! Short and wide outside, Gambhir stays in his crease and slaps that over the backward point region for a boundary. Pressure talking for Kaul.01.17 IST:  Siddarth Kaul to bowl the next over.01.14 IST: R Khan bowls few splendid deliveries. KKR: 27/3 (3 Overs)01.10 IST: Warner is having a chat with his teammates. Yuvraj and Williamson were with him. He hands the ball to RASHID KHAN!Rashid Khan is into the attack.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201701.09 IST: C Jordan to G Gambhir SIX! Over the ropes! Jordan goes short and bowls it on middle and leg, Gambhir goes for the pull. He gets it of the top edge over the keeper’s head and thudding into the sightscreen behind. Gambhir lets his feelings known. KKR: 21/3 (2 Overs)??? runs from the 2nd over, we are 2?1? / 3?. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/y2KoIXzubP- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201701.06 IST: Ishank Jaggi will be batting next.01.05 IST: C Jordan to R Uthappa OUT! Hit straight to the fielder! Angles it on a good length around off, Uthappa looks to go big over the leg side but does not find the gap. The ball flies straight down the throat of Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. He just fell for the trap here.Jordan strikes!Uthappa makes his way back after giving it into #Shikhar’s hands.GAME ON!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201701.04 IST: Chris Jordan will bowl from the other end.01.03 IST: B Kumarto G Gambhir FOUR! Sliced! Kumar gives width, Gambhir slices it behind point for a boundary. He gets off the mark. A good over for Kolkata despite the two wickets then? That is how close the game is right now. KKR:11/2 (1 Over) 01.02 IST: Gautam Gambhir walks out to the middle.00.58 IST: B Kumar to  Y Pathan OUT! Where were you going Pathan? Good length on the stumps, Pathan looks to club it over the leg side but is hit on his pads. He wants a single but is sent back rightly. Bhuvi gets to the ball and scores a direct hit at the striker’s end. The appeal is referred upstairs. Replays show Pathan was way short of the crease. What a start this is for Hyderabad!Run-out in a flash!#Bhuvi is on fire??.Another wicket to have Pathan walk!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201700.58 IST: B Kumar to C Lynn OUT! Big, big, big wicket! Yorker outside off, Lynn looks to dig it out. The ball deflects towards the keeper who takes it and appeals. The umpires come together and refer it upstairs. Replays detect an outside edge and Naman despite the fumble does well to hold onto it. The soft signal is out and that is a big wicket for Hyderabad. Lynn walks back dejected.advertisementOUT!What a start by our star #Bhuvi.Chris Lynn makes his way back.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201700.57 IST: B Kumar to C Lynn SIX! Wasting no time! Good length outside off, lot of width, Lynn goes after it and gets it over point for a maximum. He does not need any sighters.00.54 IST: Robin Uthappa will be opening with Chris Lynn.  Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the ball for Hyderabad. #Uthappa and @lynny50 will open the innings for us. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201700.48 IST: Four Bowlers can bowl one over each and One bowler will get a two overs only, with the powerplay of two overs.The match has been reduced to 6 overs with a target of 48 for KKR.It’s battle time. Let’s do this, troops!#OrangeArmy #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201700.43 IST: The latest news from the ground is that we will have a 6-over game. The target for Kolkata is 48. The players are on the field warming up for the chase. The Umpires have inspected the field and #KKR will need to chase down 48 in 6 overs. Match to re-start at 00:55 IST with 2 overs of PP pic.twitter.com/0CnftAQcPZ- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 20170035 IST: Nitin Menon and Anil Chaudharyare out on the field for an inspection. 00.19 IST: Rain has stopped now and the covers are coming off. Umpires to inspect ground conditions at 00.35 IST. The main cover is coming off. David Warner, V.V.S Laxman and Tom Moody are having a look at the playing surface.We’ve started to lose overs now. There’s still a slight drizzle at the moment. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 17 May 201723.55 IST: We have past the first cut-off and we have started to lose over now. 00.58 IST is the cut-off for a five-over game, 01.20 IST for a Super Over.Bad news folks, looks like the rain has started again…we will start to lose over from now, and for a five over game we have time till 12.58amThe rain seems to be stopping now… The wait continues as there is still a slight drizzle around. Both teams want to play, rain please go away…The rains are back and so are the covers. *Fingers crossed* ??? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017The drizzle is back ???Waiting on further updates.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017 Latest news coming in, covers are back on., as it starts drizzling again. More delay expected.The only saving grace at the ground…#IPL Eliminator – There’s only one star shining bright @iamsrk #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/nfFY0XWm8m- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017 Word coming in from the ground is that play to start at 11:25pm and will have a full quota of  20 overs to chase down the target of 129.advertisementUPDATE: Play to resume at 11.25 IST #IPL #SRHvKKR. There will be no reduction in overs- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017The umpires are out to inspect the conditions. #IPL Eliminator – We’re going to have a 23:25 IST restart. Still going to get all 20 overs #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/HRDCDZR3fk- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017Rain intensity on the fall in Bengaluru as it becomes a drizzle, bringing out the Supersoppers.  As we wait, here’s a look at Vijay Shankar escaping the line of fire at the last moment. 20.30 IST: The update from the ground is that it is still raining. We have a lot of time to wait though. The cut-off time for a 20-over game is 2350 and that for a 5-over game is 0058! So let’s hope that the rain clears up and we get a game.If the #SRHvKKR match is reduced to a 5-over chase, the target for KKR will be 41 runs.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.25 IST: The cut-off time is 11:50pm local for a 20-over Hyderabad innings, while for a 5-over innings the start time is 12:58am local. For a super over to happen, the match needs to resume  at 1.20am.#IPL Eliminator – Scenarios – 11:50 PM – cut off time for 20-over innings, 12:58 AM – for 5-over innings & 1:20AM for #SuperOver #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201720.15 IST: The scenes from Chinnaswamy as only the sky looks grim.#IPL Eliminator – Whose umbrella is it anyway? @iamyusufpathan @KKRiders #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/m4C0XoYTy5- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017#IPL Eliminator – @IPLspidercam is here to stay and is not ready to leave the field of play #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/lvVUweUnfc- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017#IPL Eliminator – Play suspended due to rain #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/taP1Dg30SV- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017#IPL Eliminator – It is raining heavily here in Bengaluru at the moment #KKRvSRH pic.twitter.com/PDsHDL0DU9- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201722.10 IST: There are no reserve days for play-offs matches but there are additional 120 minutes added to the usual time. The cut-off time is 01.26 IST for a Super Over. For a five-over game, the match can start by 01.02 IST. If that happens then the target for KKR will 41 in 5 overs. If none of the above is possible the SRH set up Qualifier 2 date with Mumbai Indians as they finished above KKR in points table.Kolkata, on the other hand, were exceptional with the ball. They kept chipping away at the wickets and all the bowlers contributed well. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers as he ended with figures of 4-0-20-3. The side from the East will be back their batting to chase down this total with ease. But it’s currently pouring cats and dogs in Bengaluru and we are in for a delayed start to the chase. Kolkata will be hoping that they can get back on the field as early as possible since if it gets washed out Hyderabad will go through to play the Qualifier 2 because they finished above Kolkata. Stay tuned for all the updates.A fantastic bowling performance from Kolkata and they will surely feel that they are on the top of this game. After electing to bowl first, they started off brilliantly by keeping things tight at the start. The boundaries did not come and Dhawan departed in search of some quick runs. Warner and Williamson then steadied the ship but could never really get going. Shankar and Ojha smoked some blows in the end but it was way too late and they could only manage a total close to 130 as the heavens opened up.21.37 IST: Very good last over Trent Boult. SRH: 128/7  On a slow wicket, our troops put up a 128/7 after 20 overs.It’s time to wait & see what the rain gods have in store.#OrangeArmy #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/scPQOuDOIZ- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017SRH – 121/6Just 3 runs from the 19th over from Coulter-Nile. He ends with 3/20 from his 4 overs. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.35 IST: T Boult to N Ojha OUT! Boult strikes on his last ball! Length delivery outside off, Ojha swings with all his might. Only gets an outside edge to it and the ball flies towards short third man. Chris Lynn, the fielder there takes a simple catch. HYDERABAD END ON 128/7.WICKET! SRH – 119/6Coulter-Nile takes a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Jordan for a duck. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/4sNaF9DF5M- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.29 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile to C. Jordan OUT! Coulter-Nile, You beauty! Back of a length delivery at a slower pace. The ball sticks in the pitch a bit. Jordan tries to clip it on the leg side. Gets a leading edge back to the left of the bowler. Coulter-Nile dives to his left, sticks his left hand out and takes a sensational catch. Such a quick reaction and it is never easy to take catches on your follow through. SRH: 121/6 (19 Overs)WICKET! SRH – 119/6Coulter-Nile takes a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Jordan for a duck. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/4sNaF9DF5M- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.26 IST: Nathan Coulter to V. Shankar OUT! Coulter-Nile, You beauty! Back of a length delivery at a slower pace. The ball sticks in the pitch a bit. Jordan tries to clip it on the leg side. Gets a leading edge back to the left of the bowler. Coulter-Nile dives to his left, sticks his left hand out and takes a sensational catch. Such a quick reaction and it is never easy to take catches on your followthrough.WICKET! SRH – 118/5Coulter-Nile back into the attack & gets rid off Shankar for 22. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/BYX6B60s4g- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.23 IST: T Boult to N Ojha SIX! Ojha gets into the act! Just a bit wide and full outside off, Ojha stays in his crease and powers it over the mid on region for half a dozen. Hyderabad need more of these. SRH: 118/4 (18 Overs)21.22 IST: T Boult to V Shankar FOUR! Brilliant shot! Length delivery around middle, Shankar comes forward and just lofts it over the bowler’s head for a boundary.21.18 IST:  Sunil Narine is called back for hi last over tonight. Bowls a tight over. SRH:105/4 (17 Overs)21.17 IST: Successful  over from Umesh Yadav. SRH: 103 /4 (16 Overs)21.15 IST: Naman Ojha walks out to the middle.Strategic TimeoutTIMEOUT! ??SRH are 9?9? / 4? after 15.3 overs. https://t.co/XRBSC4PFrL #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/YsjZJFJmAe- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.12 IST: U Yadav to Y Singh OUT! Umesh Yadav makes his mark! Short delivery into the body, Yuvraj Singh goes for the pull. Fails to generate enough timing behind the pull as the ball goes straight to the fielder at deep square leg. Piyush Chawla gets underneath it and takes a simple catch to send the dangerman back to the hut.WICKET! SRH – 9?9? / 4?Yuvraj is out for 9 as @y_umesh picks up his 2nd wicket. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/zvmaYf1ge1- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.10 IST: Umesh Yadav returns for a bowl.21.09 IST: P Chawla to V Shankar SIX! That’s huge! Fuller into the stumps, Shankar gets to the pitch of the ball and sends it deep into the long on stands for a maximum. SRH:98/3 (15 Overs)A scintillating cricket shot by Vijay Shankar.Into the stands for SIX!Let’s do this.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201721.07 IST: P Chawla to Y Singh FOUR! Powerful! Fuller outside off, Yuvraj Singh smashes that down the ground. Shankar gets down in time and the ball flies through for a boundary through the mid on region.21.06 IST: SRK looking on, Poker face on #IPL Why so serious, Mr. Khan ? @iamsrk #KKR #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/SFu0Syg9nS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201721.03 IST: S Narine to V Shankar FOUR! Good shot! Floated around off, Shankar muscles it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. That’s the best way to play on this wicket. SRH: 85/3 (14 Overs)21.01 IST: P Chawla to Y Singh FOUR! Much-needed! Tossed up outside off, Yuvraj reaches to it and drills it through the extra cover region. Ishank Jaggi from long off covers some distance to his right, dives but fails to stop the ball as it rolls away to the fence. SRH: 80/3 (13 Overs)Beautifully executed to the offside. Much needed from #Yuvi.FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.59 IST: Two new men at the crease for SRH. Vijay Shankar and Yuvraj Singh 20.56 IST: P Chawla to D Warner OUT! Warner departs! Googly outside leg, the ball stays low. Warner picks it up but tries to go for a big one. Fails to counter the lack of bounce and also fails to make contact. Finds his timber disturbed. Piyush Chawla has landed the much-needed wicket and Kolkata are in the pole position now.WICKET! SRH – 7?5? / 2? after 12 overs.Coulter-Nile gets rid of Williamson for 24 & picks up his ??th T20 wicket. #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/Dvvkvv22nn- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201720.55 IST:  N Coulter-Nile to K Williamson OUT! Coulter-Nile gets his man! Length delivery outside off, Kane Williamson tries to make some room and go over the cover region. Fails to generate the elevation on it and ends up hitting it straight towards Gambhir at cover. The skipper pouches it easily and the Kiwi has to depart. SRH: 75/2 (12 Overs)20.50 IST: S Narine to D Warner SIX! Stand and delivery! Shorter deliver in the line of the stumps, Warner camps back and smashes that over the long on region for half a dozen. SRH:71/1 (11 Overs) Bludgeoned to long on!#DavidWarner takes advantage of that short and into the stands it goes.SIX!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.48 IST:  Sunil Narine returns for a bowl.20.46 IST: N Coulter-Nile to K Williamson SIX! Coulter-Nile angles it on a shorter length, Williamson gets across and pulls it over square leg for a maximum. SRH: 61/1 (10 Overs)A superbly well judged shot by Kane. MAXIMUM!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.45 IST: N Coulter-Nile to K Williamson FOUR! Fifty comes up. Nicely done! Lands it outside off on a good length, Williamson shuffles across and clips it over mid-wicket for a one bounce boundary.Kane works it well with his wrist.One bounce and FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017Strategic TimeoutTIMEOUT! ??SRH are 4?8? / 1? after 9 overs. https://t.co/XRBSC4PFrL #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/uCroyaTMr4- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201720.37 IST: P Chawla to D Warner SIX! Cannot bowl that! Shorter on the stumps, wrong ‘un, Warner picks it and dumps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. That was asking to be hit. 4000 Indian T20 League runs for David Warner!  SRH:48/1 (( Overs) A short one to Davey, and clobbered for a maximum!SIX!Piyush watches it sail.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.32 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile comes on for a bowl.Bowls a tight over SRH:39/1 (8 Overs)20.30 IST: Y Pathan to K Williamson FOUR! Class! Pathan fires it on the stumps, Williamson makes room for himself and carves it over extra cover for a boundary. SRH:37/1 (7 Overs)20.28 IST: Yusuf Pathan comes on for a bowl.20.26 IST: Powerplay comes to and end with a brilliant over from  Narine.  SRH:30/1 (6 Overs)3?0? is the least number of runs conceded by our #Knights in the Powerplay in #IPL2017. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/GrypByiP28- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017Kane watched Narine well. He’s prepping up for some great strikes.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.24  IST: Sunil Narine comes on for a bowl K Williamson looks to be in spot of bother.20. 21 IST: Kane Williamson is the next man in. Good over from Umesh Yadav. SRH:27/1 (5 Overs)20.19 IST: U Yadav to S Dhawan OUT! Dhawan falls to the pressure of the dots! Good length outside off, Dhawan goes for the big shot but gets a top edge. The keeper calls for it and takes it diving forward. That is a well earned wicket for Kolkata and the dot balls have worked wonders for the Men from the east.WICKET! SRH – 2?5? / 1?Dhawan departs for 11 as #Uthappa takes a skier. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/yAzzYwbhuL- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201720.17 IST: Tight over from Trent Boult, giving away just five runs. SRH:25/0 (4 Overs)With just 2 powerplay overs left, we need a spike in our scores.We’re 25/0 after 4 overs.GO!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.13 IST: U Yadav to S Dhawan FOUR! He was waiting for it! As was the last ball, this too is a short one on the stumps, Dhawan gets across and pulls it nicely through long leg for a boundary. SRH: 20/0 (3 Overs)#Shikhar gets into a great position and punishes Umesh for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.09 IST: T Boult to D Warner FOUR! What a shot! Boult bowls it on a back of a length, Warner plays a forehand smash past the bowler for a boundary. That was some shot by the Australian. SRH:13/0 (2 Overs)140ks to Davey, and that’s a well struck shot to the fence. FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.05 IST: Trent Boult to share the new ball.20.02 IST: U Yadav to D Warner FOUR! Up and over! Shorter outside off, Warner gives himself room and slaps it over point for a boundary. Warner went after the length there. SRH:7/0 (1 Over)#DavidWarner starts with a smashing boundary towards point. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017Umesh Yadav has been the bane for  Hyderabad throughout. He dismissed David Warner three times in the six the both have met. He has also removed Yuvraj Singh and Naman Ojha two times each.Our Knight, @y_umesh has a good record against Sunrisers’ captain, David Warner. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/qoa92wBeZG- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201720.00 IST: The players are out in the middle. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are out to open the batting for Hyderabad. Kolkata begin with Umesh Yadav.#Shikhar and #DavidWarner walk into the middle. RT if you’re looking forward to some clean hitting.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201719.58 IST: The umpires are walking out. 19.50 IST: The history, the memories, the class of these two. #[email protected] – Did you use this bat for six [email protected] – Na, the bat just did all the ‘talking’ #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/EdD3PmwG38- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017Playing XIs: Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent BoultSunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Vijay Shankar, Naman Ojha(w), Chris Jordan, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul#IPL Eliminator – Here are the Playing XIs for @SunRisers vs. @KKRiders #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/u30qYDds2G- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017David Warner: We would have batted first. That’s when we play best. Just the same philosophy as last year. Couple of forced changes for us too. Yuvi is back for us tonight. Jordan, Williamson and Bipul are in.Gautiam Gambhir: We have been chasing reasonably well, so there’s no point changing it. We have got four changes. Some are forced changes. Manish has got an injury. SuryaKumar Yadav, Piyush, Coulter-Nile and Jaggi are in.4? changes as Ishank Jaggi, Piyush, Coulter-Nile & S. Yadav come in for Rajpoot, Kuldeep, Colin & Manish. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/ZxZG1O3zzK- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017 19.31 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders win toss, will bowl.The @KKRiders are warming-up for the #IPL Eliminator at Bengaluru #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/N8AIGZtS59- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017The @SunRisers are all set to take on the @KKRiders in the #IPL Eliminator #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/hO19ySLo7B- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201719.14 IST: The sky showing its colours?#IPL Eliminator – Chinnaswamy Stadium all set for @SunRisers vs @KKRiders #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/n80yNTuhDW- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201719.12 IST: No prizes for guessing Hyderabad’s spearheads with the ball.  #Bhuvi has taken 21 wickets against KKR – most by a bowler.We fancy some more after tonight.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange pic.twitter.com/6K6WDrYm57- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017 19.09 IST: Team talk from Tom.Just an hour to go! The troops are pumped. RT if you’re ready to witness this epic battle.#RiseOfOrange #OrangeArmy #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/YlFbTjGB17- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201719.07 IST: Both teams practiced hard for a cracker of a game.The #Knights are back at their favourite record-breaking venue. Watch team’s preparations for the big game – https://t.co/N5j52Lc0aL#3For3 pic.twitter.com/TWJlssTHri- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017Who’s ready for battle? ??Snippets of the #OrangeArmy training hard at the Chinnaswamy ahead of the Eliminator against KKR. #RiseOfOrange pic.twitter.com/P58ioUCLyQ- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 16, 201719.05 IST: Umesh Yadav and Trent  Boult would have a few things about Sunrisers’ batting line-up. [email protected]_umesh & @trent_boult are ready for the battle against an explosive #SRH line-up. Who will have the final laugh? https://t.co/d6aG1fbnCb pic.twitter.com/wClbtxElu3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201719:01 IST: Shikhar Dhawan preparing for tonight’s battle. Good batting practice before tomorrow’s game ?????? pic.twitter.com/dj5TKTOLh3- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 16, 201719:00 IST:  Hyderabad knocked Kolkata out last season, while the Knight Riders  have never won the Eliminator, losing on two occasions.Kolkata on the other hand are in a bit of a rut. At one stage, it looked like that they might finish in the top two but some poor batting performances have put them in a spot of bother and here they are, having to counter a strong Hyderabad side in a knockout. The batting order reshuffle hasn’t quite worked wonders. While Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have given them starts, it has reduced the likes of Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey to just cameos. Gautam Gambhir has a few issues to sort out and will hope that his team can get their mojo back. There is a bit of rain forecast, hopefully it stays away and we have a full game of cricket.Brief Preview:Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will have to get back to their winning ways when they take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.The winner of the match will face Mumbai Indians on May 19 in Qualifier 2, which will decide the second participant of the final on May 21. Rising Pune Supergiant on Tuesday entered their maiden IPL final after beating Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in Qualifier 1.KKR, who lost four out of seven matches in the latter half of the season, will have to play out of their skins to make it to the second qualifier.In the last game against Mumbai Indians, their batting looked to have run out of patience and were guilty of poor shot selection more often than not.KKR were the team to beat early on in the season but they seemed to have peaked too early.The likes of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine will have their task cut out at the top of the order with the likes of India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on song having 25 scalps this seasons in 13 games and pacer Mohammed Siraj, who was bought for Rs 2.6 crore by SRH after his brilliant bowling in domestic matches, taking four wickets in the must-win game against Gujarat Lions to help Hyderabad qualify for the play-offs, in their ranks.Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has also been a revelation, bagging 17 wickets so far.Besides Lynn and Narine, KKR have Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa, who have scored 396 and 386 runs, respectively.Gambhir too was in form in the first half of the season but seemed off-colour in the business end and the skipper, who is placed in the third spot in the most runs list with 454 runs, will hope to lead from the front.As far as KKR’s bowling is concerned, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav have been on song, but will have to stop red-hot David Warner.Sunrisers, on the other hand, won eight games and lost five in their 14 league games to end the league stage at third position with 17 points.The team cemented their playoffs berth on the back of a resounding eight-wicket win over Gujarat in their last league match.Skipper Warner has been at his imperious best, scoring 600-plus runs in back-to-back seasons.He was the league’s second-highest run-scorer during the franchise’s maiden triumph last year.Southpaw Shikhar Dhawan has found form too. Dhawan has scored 468 runs so far this season, which forced selectors to pick him for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.Hyderabad would also like Yuvraj Singh, who started the season with a bang hammering 70 not out in the tournament opener against Bangalore, to get runs. He has aggregated only 243 runs from 11 matches with a couple of half-centuries.Squads:Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh.last_img

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