Kolkata Knight Riders won the Eliminator against Rajasthan Royals 25 runs to advance to the second qualifier and play against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.
Rajasthan lost the plat in the second half of their chase as the KKR spinners held a firm grip especially Chawla and Kuldeep. The two spinners accounted for 3 wickets as the stifled the run scoring in the end overs. Prasidh Krishna then closed the game out for KKR as he bowled the 18th and the 20th over.
Coming into this contest, Kuldeep Yadav has said that Sunrisers Hyderabad will find it difficult to play at the Eden Gardens provided they are coming from a losing contest against CSK in Mumbai and also the fact that they are coming off from far better batting friendly conditions than the Eden wicket.
“Obviously it will be difficult for them (Sunrisers) to come from Mumbai and play here. Mumbai wicket has true bounce whereas the Eden track aids spin. It’s our home ground, so it’s very easy for us to play here,” Kuldeep, who returned with a tidy 1/18 from his four overs, said after KKR’s win last night.
“It’s knock-out stage. Every game is very important from here on. They are a very good side and we are up for a good contest" Kuldeep went on to add.
Kuldeep and Chawla stood up and delivered for KKR last night as Sunil Narine had a lean day. “We were playing with three spinners and sometimes your best bowler goes through bad patches. Myself and PC had to stand up for him and we did well,” I’m bowling just normal, focusing on basics and backing my strengths. In this format, if you try much you can go for runs" Kuldeep further added.
Kuldeep concluded by highlighting the importance of Andre Russell's knock in the match. He won the Man of the Match award as his unbeaten 49 propelled KKR's score to 169.
“It was an extraordinary innings. He also bowled well at the death and deserved the award,” he said about Russell.