Kolkata book play-off spot
A review of Thursday's action in the Indian Premier League, as Kolkata booked their play-off spot.
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Kolkata wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa hit 83 not out as the Knight Riders secured their IPL play-off place with a 30-run victory over Bangalore Royal Challengers at Eden Gardens.
The win puts the Knight Riders on 16 points and they now join Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in qualifying for the play-offs, while defeat ended Bangalore's hopes of progressing.
Uthappa hit 10 fours and a six in his 51-ball innings in which he occupied the crease for the full 20 overs, sharing a 121-run partnership with Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan at a run-rate of more than 10-an-over.
The pair took Kolkata from 56-3 to 177-4 late in the 18th over, when Shakib was bowled by Abu Nechim for 60. The Knight Riders finished on 195-4.
The star-studded batting line-up of Bangalore could not keep up with the rate, despite 45 from opener Yogesh Takawale and captain Virat Kolhi hitting 38.
The Royal Challengers finished 30 runs short on 165-5, mainly thanks to the efforts of spinner Sunil Narine (4-20).
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad boosted their hopes of clinching the final place in the play-offs with a six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings.
Australian batsman David Warner smashed 90 from 45 balls as the Sunrisers chased down a target of 186 with two balls to spare.
Shikar Dhawan hit 64 not out after supporting Warner in an opening stand of 110 which helped Hyderabad clinch a win which leaves them two points behind fourth-placed Rajasthan Royals having played a game more.
Chennai had earlier set a total of 185-3 after being put in to bat, David Hussey and MS Dhoni turning the innings around with an unbeaten stand of 108.
Things looked bleaker in the ninth over when the Super Kings were reduced to 77-3, Karn Sharma dismissing both Dwayne Smith (47) and Suresh Raina (4) as well as deflecting the ball onto the stumps for Faf du Plessis' (19) run out.
But Hussey (50 not out) and Dhoni (57no) combined for six sixes and seven fours as the blasted their way towards a big total.
But Warner was aggressive from the start of the chase, completely dominating the opening stand with Dhawan until he was bowled by John Hastings 10 runs short of a century.
Dhawan continued the good work after the explosive left-hander's departure and the Sunrisers managed to complete the win in the final over.