IPL 2018: Very Happy Can't Sleep Now, Says Delighted Shah Rukh Khan As Kolkata Knight Riders Seal Playoff Spot

Shah Rukh Khan, the Kolkata Knight Riders owner, took to Twitter to laud his players after the team qualified for the playoffs. The Dinesh Karthik-led side beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets to qualify for the next stage of the tournament.

The two-time IPL champions came up with a fine batting effort to nail a 173-run chase. The win saw the Knight Riders taking their tally to 16 points in their final league game. Chasing 173, the Knight Riders reached home with two balls remaining.

IPL 2018: Very Happy Can't Sleep Now, Says Delighted Shah Rukh Khan As Kolkata Knight Riders Seal Playoff Spot
Credits: BCCI

Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine came out all guns blazing with the bat. It was Narine that got the chase going as he smashed 29 off 10. He took on Sandeep Sharma in the second over and collected 20 off the over to ease the pressure on Lynn. The Knight Riders raced away to 50 off just 3.3 overs.  At the end of the powerplay, the Knight Riders were comfortably placed at 66 for 1.

IPL 2018: Very Happy Can't Sleep Now, Says Delighted Shah Rukh Khan As Kolkata Knight Riders Seal Playoff Spot

Lynn, on the other hand, continued to play smartly, mixing caution with aggression to keep the chase on track. He took little time to settle down as he announced his presence with two fours off the first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The Australian reached his half century with a huge six off Sandeep Sharma and built a 67-run stand with Robin Uthappa. He was finally dismissed by Siddarth Kaul on 55.

Chris Lynn IPL 2018
Chris Lynn

Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik then took the innings forward, adding 30 runs before the former departed after scoring 45. Karthik, however, remained till the end, scoring an unbeaten 29 to take his side home in the last over.

Earlier in the game, the Knight Riders bowlers bowlers made a strong comeback to restrict Sunrisers to 172 for 9. Shikhar Dhawan (50) and Shreevats Goswami (35) laid the foundation for a big total with a 79-run opening stand in under nine overs. The Sunrisers were cruising with 92 for 1 on the board after the first ten overs. Kane Williamson had raced to 36 off 16 before he was dismissed. At 128 for 2 in 13 overs, the Sunrisers were looking set for a big total. However, the Knight Riders bowlers came up with a fine show to restrict them.

Prasidh Krishna bowled exceptionally well and ended with 4 for 30. He picked up three wickets in the last over and gave away just four runs to derail Sunrisers’ innings.  In the final 10 overs, the Knight Riders gave 80 runs and took eight wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2018
Credits: BCCI

And as soon as Karthik hit the winning runs, Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to leave a special message for his players who made a big mark in the win, tweeting:

“Been awake 24hrs to see these smiles. Thx @DineshKarthik @prasidh43 (well done young man) @robbieuthappa ( v have to exercise 2gether) @lynny50 (wow mate) & @SunilPNarine74 is…Sunil. Very happy cant sleep now!!”

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