With this thrilling win, Hyderabad have stormed into the final of the eleventh edition of the cash-rich league where they will face high-flying Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Chasing a stiff target of 175, Kolkata got off to the perfect start, with opener Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn hitting boundaries for fun. The duo took the attack to SRH pacers and simply took apart the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and debutant Khaleel Ahmed early on.
Siddarth Kaul was introduced in the fourth over of the innings and he broke the 40-run opening partnership by getting rid of the danger-man Narine (26). That brought Nitsh Rana to the crease and he along with Lynn started to build a good partnership for the second wicket.
Things were going well for KKR as Lynn and Rana played positive cricket and put on a 47-run partnership off just 31 deliveries for the second wicket. However, a suicidal piece of running cost Rana his wicket and things started to go downhill from there on for the home side.
Robin Uthappa — in trying to hit an outrageous reverse sweep — saw his leg stump uprooted off the bowling of Rashid Khan. Dinesh Karthik soon followed suit as he was castled by Shakib Al Hasan for just 8.
Rashid then struck again as he wrapped Lynn on his pads and the Australian had to head back into the hut for 48. Andre Russell became Rashid's third scalp of the day when he was caught out in the slip by Shikhar Dhawan for 3.
Shubman Gill and Piyush Chawla stitched together a 27-run partnership to get KKR closer to the target but Kaul in the penultimate over of the innings removed Chawla to peg back the home side even further.
Gill then hit a huge six on the last ball of the 19th over and that meant KKR needed 19 runs from the last over. Shivam Mavi hit a boundary on the first ball from Carlos Brathwaite and the home support was still hopeful of a positive result at this point in time.
However, Mavi and Gill fell on successive deliveries, in identical fashion to Brathwaite and in the end, KKR fell short by 13 runs.
Earlier, Rashid's late cameo helped Hyderabad overcome a shaky start and post a challenging 174/7 against an in-form KKR bowling attack. Kuldeep Yadav was the star of the day for KKR, finishing with excellent figures of 2/29, that included the prized wicket of Kane Williamson — the leading rungetter of IPL-11.
Drafted into the side in place of Javon Searles in a bold move by KKR to go in with three overseas players, Shivam Mavi troubled Wriddhiman Saha with his pace and movement off the seam en route to a fine spell of 1/33 from his full quota.
Returning after five matches, Saha looked awfully out of sorts with six runs from 12 balls and carried on with a dash of luck after being dropped on five when Karthik grassed a skier.
It did not matter much in the scheme of things as KKR got three wickets in five overs after the power-play with Kuldeep giving breakthroughs with a twin blow in the eight over.
On his first ball, Kuldeep trapped the dangerous-looking Shikhar Dhawan (34) and in the fifth ball he deceived the 'Orange Cap' holder Williamson (3) with a wrong one.
Kuldeep flighted the ball and Williamson failed to read the wrong one and the ball kissed the edge with Karthik not faltering this time to dismiss his Hyderabad counterpart.
However, SRH snatched the momentum scoring 50 runs in the last three overs with Rashid making the difference with his 34* off just 10 balls (four sixes and two fours). Rashid stepped on the gas in Prasidh Krishna's final over with two sixes that yielded 24 runs.
Having started off on an impressive note, Krishna finished with poor figures of 56 runs from his four overs to undo all the good work done by Kuldeep and Narine.
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First Published: May 26, 2018, 7:50 AM IST