Coulter-Nile stars as Kolkata defeat Hyderabad in rain-curtailed match

Sport360 staff 18/05/2017

Nathan Coulter-Nile’s three wickets helped Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets (by D/L/S method) in a rain-curtailed Indian Premier League [IPL] Eliminator at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.Coulter-Nile came back into the side in place of Colin de Grandhomme and it proved to be a masterful selection as he dismissed Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar and Chris Jordan to restrict Hyderabad to a modest total of 128-7 in their 20 overs.The Australian fast bowler, after returning from a long injury layoff, has had an outstanding IPL season, taking 14 wickets in seven matches at an average of 15.21 this season.After being put into bat, a slow start didn’t help Sunrisers’ cause as they could manage only 30 runs and lost the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in the Powerplay.David Warner and Williamson, then put on a 50-run stand for the second wicket, but that also took its time as the partnership lasted for 46 deliveries. Warner played an uncharacteristic knock before he was bowled by Piyush Chawla, having scored 37 from 35 balls which included two fours and two sixes.The slog overs weren’t very fruitful for the Hyderabad-based franchise as well as they could manage just 30 runs in the last five overs.Umesh Yadav was also impressive with the ball, picking up two wickets for 21 runs in his four overs.A downpour followed at the mid-innings break which stopped play for more than three hours and when the rains finally stopped, Kolkata were given a revised target of 48 to win from six overs.Bowlers put up an inspired show as our #Knights take a step closer to the #IPL2017 final. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/xzcsb30UOH— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017Although the match situation was heavily in favour of the batting side, the Knight Riders got off to a shaky start - losing three wickets with just 12 runs on the board.Kolkata tried a new opening combination with Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn coming out to bat at the top of the order, but the duo lasted just a couple of deliveries each and managed only seven runs between them.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.Gambhir was still at the crease, though, and he used all his experience during his unbeaten 19-ball 32 to guide Kolkata to Qualifier 2 in which they will meet Mumbai Indians on Friday.After the match, Gambhir was full of praise for his bowlers for setting up the win for the Kolkata-based franchise."A lot of credit needs to go to the bowlers. They set the game for us. The way they hung in there, the kind of batting line-up that Sunrisers have, they had to dig deep," he said.BRIEF SCORESSunrisers Hyderabad 128-7, 20 overs [Warner 37, Williamson 24, Coulter-Nile 3-20, Umesh 2-21] lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 48-3, 5.2 overs [Gambhir 32*, Jordan 1-9, Bhuvneshwar 1-11] by seven wickets [D/L/S method].Player of the Match - Nathan Coulter-Nile.Chirag Suri confident he can impress for UAE national team after IPL...Live cricket to return to free-to-air television in EnglandWarner voices concern over new Cricket Australia contract proposals Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut involved in record partnership

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Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and elected to bowl first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League [IPL] Eliminator at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

Both teams have made four changes each to their playing XIs, with the big news being that Yuvraj Singh is fit and will play this game after having missed Sunrisers’ previous match due to a finger injury.

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Sundar celebrates the wicket of Rohit [Sportzpics]

Washington Sundar has done a commendable job for Rising Pune Supergiant whenever he has been asked to bowl in the Powerplay overs in this season’s Indian Premier League [IPL].

Just 17 years old, Sundar has shown some immense maturity while bowling to some of the biggest names in modern-day cricket over the last month.

On Tuesday, he produced his best performance of the season as he took three wickets to rip apart the core of Mumbai’s batting and, thereby, guided Pune to the IPL final.

Chasing 163 might not have looked like the toughest of tasks for a strong Mumbai batting line-up, but Sundar was on hand to take the crucial scalps of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, and Kieron Pollard.

In addition to picking up three important wickets, Sundar was very economical as well, conceding just 16 runs from his four overs. It was hardly surprising, then, that he was named as the Player of the Match.

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