IPL Qualifier 2: Kolkata wins rain-interrupted game by 7 wickets

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And there are days when everything ends up going your way, even when it looks like it's all going awry.

In contrast, KKR were on the verge of being eliminated by the rain when the heavens opened after they had bowled so well against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Kolkata Knight Riders may have peaked too early in this IPL, after making a mixed start winning the first game against Gujarat Lions by an emphatic 10-wicket margin, the Knights lost to Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets but they quickly regrouped and went on a winning streak winning three games in succession against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad & Delhi Daredevils but lost unexpectedly against Gujarat Lions at home. Only one game this season saw the normal Bangalore batting bonanza when the Sunrisers made 207. If one gave away two runs, another would give just three. On this instance, he once again showed up and smacked SRH bowlers all-around the park.

Yadav had Shikhar Dhawan caught behind in the fifth over after Gambhir put Sunrisers in, but KKR had plenty of cause for concern with Warner - who blasted a 59-ball 126 against KKR in the regular season - and Kane Williamson at the crease. Across 20 overs, we had a chance of defending it. Yuvraj Singh (9), Vijay Shankar (22) and Naman Ojha (16), dragged SRH across the finish line to a score of 128/7.

His first match of the IPL season for Kolkata - in which he took 3-22 against the Daredevils in Delhi - was his first competitive game in nearly a year, since playing for Australia in last June's Caribbean tri-series. Because after 19.4 overs, it began to rain. "So it will boil down to who bats better", said Coulter-Nile in an post-match interview with iplt20.com. Maybe just a super over?

Rain interrupted in between the match and had to delay 3-hours but could not stop KKR defending the Sunrisers. They have also got recent experience of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium surface and I'll take the slightly better Exchange price of [1.98] on KKR. Rain stopped. The umpires inspected the pitch and decided that the match can resume at 12:55 am.

KKR's innings started late in the night. After Lynn (6) scored a maximum, he was declared out off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling and caught by Naman Ojha.

KKR: 7/1, Chris Lynn (0.3 overs); 7/2, Yusuf Pathan (0.4 overs); 12/3, Robin Uthappa (1.1 overs). He was ably supported by Umesh Yadav (2/21).

SRH almost made a game of the six-over chase by reducing KKR to 12/3 after the passage after 1.1 overs, before skipper Gambhir calmed things down for his side with his steady approach at the crease, eventually guiding them home with four balls to spare.

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