Sunil Narine shone with both bat and ball as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in the Eliminator at Sharjah on Monday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a terrific start as their openers put on 49 runs for the opening stand.
However Lockie Ferguson provided the vital breakthrough as Padikkal chopped a wide delivery onto his stumps for 21.
Sunil Narine pegged RCB back with wickets of Srikar Bharat (9), skipper Kohli (39), AB De Villiers (11) and the in form Glenn Maxwell (15) as Bangalore were reduced to 112/5.
Shahbaz Ahmed scored some handy runs down the order to take Royal Challengers to 138/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
For Knight Riders Narine ended up with figures of 4/21, while Ferguson claimed 2 wickets.
Chasing 139, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer got KKR off to a steady start. The duo added 41 runs for the opening stand before the former was caught at mid off by De Villiers off Harshal Patel for a 18 ball-29.
Rahul Tripathi fell cheaply as he was trapped leg before by Yuzvendra Chahal for 6. The umpire first gave it not out but the decision was overturned after Virat Kohli went for a review and the No 3 was back in the hut.
Iyer was given a reprieve when Shahbaz Ahmed put down the catch off Maxwell.
However the left hander departed soon after as he nicked a Patel short ball down the leg side to KS Bharat behind the stumps for 26.
Nitish Rana after scoring a 25 ball-23 was caught at long on by De Villiers off Chahal. RCB had a chance to dismiss Narine but Padikkal dropped a relatively simple catch at mid on.
Mohammed Siraj struck twice in the 18th over by dismissing both the 33 year old Narine and Dinesh Karthik to give RCB a glimmer of hope.
With seven needed off the last over, Shakib Al Hasan and Eoin Morgan held their nerve and guided KKR to a four wicket win. With this victory they have booked their place in Qualifier 2 and will be facing the Delhi Capitals at the same venue on Wednesday.