Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) on Friday outplayed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Qualifier 2 at the Eden Gardens to advance to the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the second time.
SRH defeated KKR by 13 runs in Kolkata to set up the final against two-time champions Chennai Super Kings.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was ecstatic after SRH ended their four-match losing streak to reach the final on a positive note.
Shakib, who is a former KKR player, has won the IPL twice, both coming with KKR in 2012 and 2014.
“Feels great. 3rd IPL final for me. The franchise gave me the opportunity to play all games and treated me so well. There were some games we didn’t do well, but all in all a great tournament for SRH,” Shakib said after the match.
SRH go into the final at the back of three defeats against CSK this season. They lost both their match against CSK in the league phase before CSK clinched victory from the jaws of defeat in Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
With revenge on their minds, SRH would hope to get the better of Chennai in the final to lift the trophy for the second time.
“CSK is a fantastic side and hopefully it will be a fantastic final on Sunday,” Shakib said.
The star of the match was Rashid Khan, whose all-round brilliance floored the Dinesh Karthik-led side.
Rashid first smashed 34 off only 10 balls then returned to the field to pick three wickets. It was absolutely Rashid’s day on the field as he affected a runout and took two catches to end KKR hopes.
“In the middle overs, when Rashid and I were bowling, that was the turning point for us when we piled on the wickets and hardly gave any runs,” Shakib said.