Kolkata Knight Riders stormed into the final of the Indian Premier League on the back of a convincing 28-run win over Kings XI Punjab here Wednesday.
Defending 164 on a slow surface that remained under cover for three days, KKR speedsters Yadav (3/13) and Morkel (2/23) shared five wickets between them, while Piyush Chawla also bowled smartly to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 135/8 in 20 overs and hand KKR a record eighth victory on the trot.
Sent into bat, KKR had posted 163 for eight, riding on in-form opener Robin Uthappa's 30-ball 42.
Uthappa once again laid the foundation with the help of four boundaries and two sixes in his 10th consecutive 40-plus score, to push KKR's total in a rain-interrupted match.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings knocked out defending champions Mumbai Indians at the same venue later in the night to set up a second qualifier against King's XI Punjab. Chennai cruised to a victory target of 174 with seven wickets and eight balls to spare, thanks to unbeaten 54 from Suresh Raina and unbeaten 40 from David Hussey. Earlier, they had restricted Mumbai Indians to 173 for 8, with Lendl Simmons scoring innings highest 67.
SCORES IN BRIEF
KOLKATA: 163 for 8 in 20 overs (Uthappa 42, Pandey 21, Shakib 18, Y Pathan 20; Patel 2-11, Karanveer 3-40)
PUNJAB: 135 for 8 in 20 overs (Vohra 26, Saha 35, Bailey 26; Morkel 2-23, Yadav 3-13)
Result: Kolkata won by 28 runs.
MUMBAI INDIANS: 173 for 8 (Simmons 67, M Hussey 39; Sharma 3-42, Jadeja 2-31)
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: 176 for 3 in 18.4 overs (Raina 54 not out, D Hussey 40 not out; Harbhajan 2-27)
Result: CSK won by 7 wickets.