A super show with the ball and a stuttering but competent batting effort by Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Uppal on Sunday (May 19) night dashed the hopes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and took Hyderabad into the playoffs of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013. A win by five wickets after restricting Kolkata to 130 for 7 was enough for Hyderabad to seal the deal.
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The best fast bowler in the world, three medium pacers with a variety of slower deliveries between them, and two legspinners - one classical, the other quick through the air - is what Hyderabad had at their disposal. And that bowling attack combined to defy Gautam Gambhir's pre-match promise of "batting freely" by keeping the Kolkata batsmen quiet for the best part of their 20 overs. Watch: Analysis
Indeed, between Dale Steyn's bouncers, aimed at the batsman's throat at close to 150kph, Anand Rajan's miserly spell of 1 for 22, and the big turn Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma got, there wasn't much Kolkata could do after opting to bat.