Kolkata Knight Riders took a giant stride towards ensuring a play-off berth as they wallopped Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets to take their winning streak to five matches in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.
.Robin Uthappa got his seventh successive 40 plus score in the championship as his 40-ball-67 enabled the home team to chase down a tricky target of 156 with ease as it turned out to be a worthwhile wait for the supporters present at the Eden Gardens.
After Uthappa laid the foundation, Shakib Al-Hasan gave finishing touches in a 21-ball 46 not out (6x4, 2x6) in an unbeaten 34 run stand with Manish Pandey (18 n o) as KKR eased to the win with 12 balls to spare.
KKR with 14 points steered four points clear of RCB and Sunrisers as they would now require two more points to seal their play-off berth from the two remaining home games.
Earlier on Tuesday, a clinical performance by the Sunrisers Hyderabad top order ensured a seven-wicket victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore, which kept them in the hunt for the playoffs.
Chasing a target of 161 riding on Virat Kohli's (67) first half century of the tournament, Sunrisers knocked off the runs in 19.4 overs as Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with a stroke-filled 50.
While Dhawan started the chase in right earnest, David Warner, back in the opening slot, smashed his way to 46-ball 59, it was skipper Darren Sammy, who smashed a six off the penultimate over by erratic Varun Aaron, who decisively turned the game.
SCORES IN BRIEF
CHENNAI: 154 for 4 in 20 overs (B McCullum 28, Raina 65, Du Plessis 23, Dhoni 21 not out; Narine 1-24, Cummins 1-29)
KOLKATA: 156 for 2 in 18 overs (Uthappa 67, Gambhir 21, Pandey 18 not out, Shakib 46 not out; Jadeja 1-23)
Result: Kolkata won by 8 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Robin Uthappa.
BANGALORE: 160 for 6 in 20 overs (Gayle 14, Kohli 67, Yuvraj 21, De Villiers 29; B Kumar 2-27)
HYDERABAD: 161 for 3 in 19.4 overs (Dhawan 50, Warner 59, Ojha 24. Finch 11 not out; Aaron 2-36)
Result: Hyderabad won by 7 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: David Warner.