CLT20 10th Match: Yadav and Narine carry Kolkata into semi-finals

Suryakumar Yadav is over the moon after hitting the winning runs

Suryakumar Yadav is over the moon after hitting the winning runs

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The Kolkata Knight Riders have secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) thanks to a match-winning 43 from Suryakumar Yadav and four wickets from Sunil Narine.

Kolkata booked their spot in the semi-final after beating the Perth Scorchers by three wickets in Hyderabad.

However, Scorchers captain Adam Voges deserves a lot of credit as he fought hard for his valiant knock of 71.

Voges would have been pleased with his decision to bat first as he and Craig Simmons amassed a 68-run partnership before Simmons was stumped by Robin Uthappa off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav for 39.

Mitchell Marsh only made four runs before he was also stumped by Uthappa off the bowling of Yadav.

Wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman managed to make 21 before he was caught by Suryakumar Yadav at long-on off the bowling of Narine.

Nathan Coulter-Nile failed to trouble the scorers as he was brilliantly caught and bowled for a golden duck to become Yadav’s third victim of the match.

Yadav was named Man of the Match for his spectacular bowling figures of 3-24

Yadav was named Man of the Match for his spectacular bowling figures of 3-24

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Ashton Agar mustered four runs before he was clean bowled by Narine.

Narine struck again the very next ball when he cleaned up Ashton Turner for a golden duck.

Narine took his fourth wicket of the match off the penultimate ball of the Scorchers’ innings when Yasir Arafat was caught by Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir at point for 10 runs.

Narine dismissed Whiteman, Agar, Turner and Arafat

Narine dismissed Whiteman, Agar, Turner and Arafat

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Thanks to Voges unbeaten knock of 71, which came off 52 balls and included eight boundaries and a six, the Scorchers finished on 151/7 off their 20 overs.

Voges hit eight boundaries and a six during his unbeaten innings of 71

Voges hit eight boundaries and a six during his unbeaten innings of 71

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Narine was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Yadav chipped in with three.

Chasing 152 to win, Kolkata got off to an awful start as Gambhir was caught by Turner at point off the bowling of Joel Paris for just two runs.

Legendary South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis fared no better as he was caught by Simmons at short fine leg off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for six runs.

Uthappa managed to make 23 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Coulter-Nile.

Manish Pandey scored 24 runs before he was clean bowled by Coulter-Nile.

Ryan ten Doeschate failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Agar at long-on off the bowling of Arafat for 15 runs.

Yusuf Pathan made a quickfire 21 before he was caught by Behrendorff at deep midwicket off the bowling of Arafat.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell only made four runs before he had his stumps shattered by Arafat.

Despite Arafat ripping through Kolkata’s middle order, Yadav kept his composure and led his team to victory with his stunning knock of 43, which came off just 19 balls and included one boundary and four sixes.

Arafat was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Coulter-Nile snapped up two and Behrendorff and Paris claimed one wicket each.

Voges was gutted to have lost the match, and said: “We have had two close games. Unfortunately we came out on the wrong side tonight. We missed our lengths in that over (19th). We took wickets but they took the game away from us in that over. We knew we were in the game with 150. With this line-up they keep coming at you.”

Gambhir was ecstatic to have made the semi-finals and extended Kolkata’s winning streak to 12 matches.

“The guys have taken up great responsibility,” he said. “Suryakumar Yadav, unbelievable innings, great head on his shoulders, he has got a great future. Also Kuldeep Yadav. We needed someone who can complement Sunil, he is someone who can. Piyush has also bowled well. Yusuf too, we have used him cleverly, it might help him produce runs. He has been hitting the ball well. Overall we are looking good. There is a lot of hunger in the dressing room.”

In a rather surprising move, Kuldeep Yadav was named Man of the Match, and said: “I did not get a chance in the IPL. This time I got a chance and I am happy to be in the playing XI.”

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