SRH vs KKR talking points: Yuvraj's handy knock and a direct-hit

A look at the key passages of play from the Eliminator of the 2016 Indian Premier League on Wednesday, in which Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs to book a place in the Qualifier 2 against Gujarat Lions.

Morkel, Yusuf check SRH early

After playing three dots, Shikhar Dhawan smashed two consecutive boundaries to Morne Morkel but the tall South African pacer had the last laugh as he cleaned up the left-hander with the next delivery. It was a perfect start for KKR as they reduced SRH to 12/1 after two overs. Yusuf Pathan , who began the attack by conceding just four singles, bowled two more tight overs during the field restrictions and with Morkel keeping the opposition quite, SRH managed 31/1 in five overs.

Kuldeep rattles SRH after time-out

David Warner and Moises Henriques negotiated the KKR attack and steadily added 59 runs for the second wicket. They looked ready to shift gears with score on 62/1 after nine overs when the first time-out was taken, but the tenth bowled by young spinner Kuldeep Yadav changed the scenario. The left-armer was hit for a six by Henriques in the third ball, but in the next he safely took a catch of the batsman's leading edge. And in the very next ball, Kuldeep castled the dangerous Warner. Henriques scored 31 in his brisk 21-ball knock with the help of two sixes and a four, while Warner hit three fours in his run-a-ball 28. Kuldeep later came back and dismissed Ben Cutting in the 17th to finish with figures of 3/35 in four overs.

Yuvraj drives SRH to 162

Yuvraj Singh, in the company of Deepak Hooda, kept the scoreboard ticking after the double-blow in the second half. They took SRH past the 100-run mark in the 15th over, before a mix-up ended the partnership with the wicket of Hooda in the 16th. Kuldeep's direct hit broke the 49-run stand (off 36 balls) for the fourth wicket. Hooda smacked two sixes during his 21-run cameo. Yuvraj hit four more fours after that, before he was clean bowled by Jason Holder in the penultimate over. Yuvraj's 30-ball 44 included a six and eight fours as he took SRH near the 150-run mark, before Bipul Sharma's two sixes in the final over took them to 162/8.

Yuvraj direct-hit triggers KKR downfall

Skipper Gautam Gambhir and Colin Munro steadied the chase after the early wicket of Robin Uthappa (11) in the second over. They took KKR past the 50-run mark in the 7th over, but in the next ball Yuvraj gave an example of his fielding prowess by hitting the stumps and breaking the partnership. KKR batsmen tried to steady the innings again, but lost two more wickets in two overs (10th & 11th) to reach 69/4 in 10.5 overs, after being on 53/1 in 6.5. Gambhir scored 28 off 28 balls, which included a six and two fours, while Munro's 16 came off 17 balls.
source TOI

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