Kolkata Knight Riders on pole for a playoff spot


Kolkata Knight Riders got over the line with two balls left in a low-scoring game against Sunrisers Hyderabad to take the box seat in the race for the final IPL play-off spot.

Eoin Morgan’s side restricted already-eliminated Sunrisers to 115-8, thanks to their miserly spinners and a spectacular runout from the recalled Shakib Al Hasan which got rid of a motoring Kane Williamson.

Victory leaves the fourth-placed Knight Riders two points clear of a three-strong chasing pack and with the best net run rate of the four ahead of their final group game against Rajasthan Royals, who are among their pursuers along with Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings.