Gautam Gambhir, who led his side to a seven wicket victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoff, said that it was a satisfying win and called the opponents champion. (Results | Fixtures | Points Table)
Kolkata Knight Riders knocked out the defending champions in the Eliminator after rain delayed the match which ended at 1.30am on Thursday in Bangalore.
Sunrisers Hyderabad made a score of 128/7 but due to rain Kolkata’s target was reduced to 48 runs in six overs.
Gautam Gambhir not only took to Twitter to share his excitement on Kolkata returning to winning ways, but also congratulated his opponents for a tough fight. He wrote, “Satisfying win but my heart goes out 2 @SunRisers,tough 2 fathom such a loss. U r a champion side @VVSLaxman281 @YUVSTRONG12 @davidwarner31”
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 18 May 2017
VVS Laxman, a mentor to the losing side, thanked the Kolkata captain and wished Gambhir luck for future matches. He wrote back, “Thank you @GautamGambhir Good luck for your future matches Gauti.”
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 18 May 2017
Gambhir was happy to win the playoff after suffering four losses. He said that it seemed as if the KKR scriptwriter was getting a cartridge-refill, hoping that this one lasts till May 21st.
Kolkata will now face Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 on Thursday at the same venue. They would need to win the match in order to book the final spot against Rising Pune Supergiant.