Kolkata Knight Riders 48 for 3 (Gambhir 32*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 128 for 7 (Warner 37, Coulter-Nile 3-20, Umesh 2-21) by seven wickets (D/L method)
“Our worst batting effort of the season” MI skipper Rohit
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said their batting performance against Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1 was their worst of this Indian Premier League. “I think 160 was below par to be honest, having seen the scores chased here. Probably the worst batting performance of this season for us,“ said Rohit after Mumbai suffered a 20-run loss to Pune. “We didn’t have enough partnerships, it’s crucial to get small partnerships in. They bowled well to restrict us and to take wickets in the middle overs. The shot selection is very important. You need to understand the situation and the conditions and respect them. You’ve to pick the gaps and take it to the end and we didn’t do that. It’s not the end of the world, we still have one more shot in Bangalore,“ he added.
Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders defeated title holders Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in a rain-truncated Indian Premier League eliminator to enter the qualifier 2 of the tournament.
Opting to bowl first, KKR produced a disciplined bowling and fielding effort to first restrict Sunrisers to a modest 128/7 and then overhauled the revised target of 48 in six overs with ease. Much against Sunrisers’ wish, the rain subsided and the target was revised to 48 off six overs after persistent drizzle soon after Sunrisers’ innings stopped the proceedings for more than three hours.
Chasing the target, Chris Lynn got KKR off to a quick start, smashing Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six. But two quick wickets in successive balls put Kolkata under some pressure. However, skipper Gautam Gambhir (32 not out) guided the team home in the company of Ishank Jaggi (5 not out) with four balls to spare.