Narine spins KKR into CLT20 semi-finals
Hyderabad, India, CMC – Sunil Narine once again proved his weight in gold, conjuring up a four-wicket haul to help fire Kolkata Knight Riders to a three-wicket win over Perth Scorchers and into the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 here Wednesday.
The West Indies off-spinner took four for 31 from his four overs as the Scorchers, choosing to bat first at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, were limited to 151 for seven off their 20 overs.
With Knight Riders hurtling to defeat at 87 for five in the 15th over, Suryakumar Yadav blasted four sixes and a four in an unbeaten 43 off just 19 balls, to see his side home with two balls to spare.
The victory kept Knight Riders unbeaten and put them on top Pool A with 12 points, securing their spot in the final four with a game to spare.
Scorchers were given a great start by openers Adam Voges and Craig Simmons who put on 68, to provide the early momentum.
Perth Scorchers: 151/7 (20 Overs). Adam Voges* 71, Craig Simmons 39, Sam Whiteman+ 21, Yasir Arafat 10; Sunil Narine 4-0-31-4, Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-24-3, Yusuf Pathan 4-0-22-0, Piyush Chawla 4-0-35-0.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 153/7 (19.4 Overs). Suryakumar Yadav 43*, Manish Pandey 24, Robin Uthappa+ 23, Yusuf Pathan 21; Yasir Arafat 3.4-0-39-3, Nathan Coulter-Nile 4-0-41-2, Joel Paris 3-0-19-1, Jason Behrendorff 4-0-28-1.
Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wickets