Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad snatched the last-available play-offs berth with a tense five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders and in the process knocked Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the Pepsi Indian Premier League on Sunday.


Chasing 131 in their must-win match, Hyderabad overhauled the target with seven balls to spare, taking their points tally to 20 which placed them fourth in the table.
Hyderabad were cruising at one stage but lost wickets in cluster to make heavy weather of the chase. However, Darren Sammy (17 off 12) smashed two consecutive sixes off Iqbal Abdulla in the penultimate over to steer the side home.
They displaced Bangalore (18) from the fourth spot and set up Wednesday's Eliminator match against Rajasthan Royals.
Hyderabad exploited the conditions well to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to a modest 130 for seven. Stroke-making was difficult on the slow Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium wicket and the hosts bowlers, specially the spinners dominated the proceedings.
Yusuf Pathan with his calculative 49 run knock off 29 balls gave Kolkata something to fight for after electing to bat. Jacques Kallis (24) was the other notable contributor.
Hyderabad's chase began in the right earnest with Parthiv Patel (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (42) batting fearlessly. They attacked intelligently and set up the win with their 89-run opening stand.
It was diminutive Patel, who started the fireworks and later Dhawan joined the party. They did not spare a single bowler as they cut, pulled and drove elegantly.
Dhawan had played his part with his 35-ball knock laced with three fours and two shots over the fence.
Earlier, leg-spinning combo of Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma, who extracted some sharp turn off the wicket, stifled the KKR innings in the middle overs as they gave away just 20 and 15 runs respectively and accounted for one batsman each.
Pacers Dale Steyn (2/24) and Anand Rajan (1/22) were terrific upfront as they straight-jacketed the Kolkata openers with good control over line and length.
The pressure created by Styen and Rajan benefited Thisara Perera as in his attempt to break free, Manvinder Bisla pulled one off Sri Lankan but managed a top edge, which landed in the hands of skipper Cameron White at short-cover.
Not only the pacemen but Hyderabad's spinners too tested the rival batsmen. Both Mishra and Sharma bowled probing line and had Morgan and Kallis in a fix.


Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla, Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Paras Dogra, Iqbal Abdulla, Sunil Narine, Pradeep Sangwan, Shami Ahmed.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Pathiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Cameron White, Biplab Samantray, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Anand Rajan.


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