IPL 2018: Kolkata make it to play-offs, beat Hyderabad by 5 wickets

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 20, 2018, 12:02 AM(IST)

Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik with Prasidh Krishna (L) Photograph:( AFP )

The Indian Premier League got its third team which managed to book its berth in the play-offs race in form of Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata.

The Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise defeated table-toppers Hyderabad by five wickets at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Saturday.

Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa played a perfect innings to save Kolkata in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.
 
Lynn smashed 55 runs in just 43 balls before giving away his wicket to S Kaul.

It was after that, Uthappa continued the momentum and took Kolkata a step near to victory. 

Meanwhile, Hyderabad bowlers have had another lacklustre game after they failed to swing wickets in their favour. 

Death-overs specialist Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to take any wickets and gave away 33 runs in four overs bowled. 

Despite getting a flying start, table-toppers Hyderabad were restricted for mere 172 runs by the Kolkata bowlers 

Shikhar Dhawan and Shreevats Goswami opened for Hyderabad and established 79 runs partnership before Kuldeep Yadav broke the bond. 

Goswami was sent back to the pavilion after making 35 runs off 26 balls.
 
Dhawan continued the attack to reach his half-century, before being LBW.

Skipper Kane Williamson also smashed 36 runs off 16 balls. His inning included one boundary and three sixes. 

Meanwhile, Prasidh Krishna came out as a trump card for Kolkata as he took four crucial wickets to restrict Hyderabad from setting a massive total.

In four overs bowled, Prasidh gave 30 runs which included two wides also.

Russell,  Narine, Yadav and Searles took one wicket apiece.

Yadav today turned out to be the costliest player for Kolkata as he gave 35 runs in four overs at an economy of 8.75.

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