The highly anticipated 2017 IPL Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was greatly affected by rain, at one stage it looked like the match would be cancelled. But, in the end, KKR defeated SRH thanks to the rain and the Duckworth Lewis System to make it to the Qualifier 2.
Batting first, SRH batsmen applied caution and scored a paltry total of 128 in full 20 overs. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan said that the pitch was not easy to bat on and that their plan to score around 140. He added that Sunrisers had the bowling arsenal to defend even 128 if a full 20-over second innings had been played.
Following a rain stoppage of close to three hours after the SRH innings, the play finally got resumed at around 12.55 AM. Kolkata Knight Riders were asked to chase a revised target of 48 in six overs and the meager target was chased at the loss of three wickets in 5.2 overs.
In the chase, KKR lost three early wickets. In a high pressure game of 20 overs, when a chasing team lose three top order wickets cheaply, it is not easy to win the game especially when the chasing team is pitted against a strong bowling attack. SRH fans rue that since it was just a 6-over game, KKR won it easily.
That’s how the Defending Champion, SRH, ended their tournament this year in play-off.