Heavy showers delay second innings in KKR-SRH IPL Eliminator

Steve Smith RPS Kieron Pollard Mumbai Indians IPL 2017

RPS won both matches against the Mumbai Indians in the league phaseIANS

Cursing the weather, the scheduling, themselves.

Earlier in the season, heavy rain had caused the abandonment of the Royal Challengers Bangalore versus Sunrisers Hyderabad match on April 25 without a ball being bowled.

Put in to bat, David Warner's men were kept on a tight leash by the Kolkata bowlers. All six instances had occurred in or before the 2013 season.

For Knight Riders, its record against Mumbai Indians is its worst among teams with which it has played more than four matches. This year, too, the team lost both its matches, albeit narrowly - in its first league round match against Mumbai Indians, it lost by four wicket in the last over, and in the second, at the Eden Gardens last week, it lost by nine runs. The win came as great relief to KKR, who were one a losing streak till Wednesday night. Mind you that is two-hours and fifteen minutes from the time the game was halted.

After testing the patience of the cricket fans, finally at around 1 a.m. on Thursday, a six-over second innings was played with KKR needing just 48 runs to win via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Gautam Gambhir led the chase for them as they lost 3 top order wickets quickly.

An unbeaten 32 from 19 balls from Gautam Gambhir was enough to get Kolkata over the line, ending the run of defending champions Sunrisers. The pitch for the Eliminator wasn't a belter either; it was full of cracks and dark spots, and proved, unsurprisingly, to be two-paced and grippy. While Sunil Narine was nearly unplayable, Piyush Chawla was not far behind.

"The exact opposite of Kolkata, good pace and bounce there, here not so much". Off those 53 short or shortish balls, Sunrisers scored 46.

But Williamson (24) brought a stand of 50 for the second wicket to a tame end by slapping Coulter-Nile straight to extra-cover and Piyush Chawla struck a huge blow by removing Warner's middle stump only two balls later.

The Australian seamer credited fellow KKR pacers Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult for giving him pointers which helped his bowling. But then it stopped, making way for a six-over chase in which Kolkata Knight Riders had to get 48.

Considering his present form, a clinical performance is expected from the speedster in the game (s) ahead for the Knight Riders. Dhawan skied a Umesh Yadav delivery for Robin Uthappa to pouch in the fifth over and Hyderabad could muster only 30/1 in the Powerplay.

The move to send Yusuf Pathan at number three also didn't work as the big-hitting batsman was run-out for a golden duck.

When Uthappa picked out deep midwicket at the start of the next over, Knight Riders were 12 for 3.

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