Venkatesh Iyer scored a fluent 55 as Kolkata Knight Riders booked their spot in the final by defeating the Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
After being asked to bat first by KKR skipper Eoin Morgan, Delhi Capitals opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw got DC off to a steady start. The duo added 32 runs for the first wicket before Varun Chakravarthy drew first blood by trapping Shaw leg before wicket for 18.
Marcus Stoinis who was promoted up the order was cleaned up by Shivam Mavi for a 23 ball-18.
Chakravarthy claimed his second wicket by dismissing Dhawan caught at backward point by Shakib Al Hasan for 36.
Skipper Rishabh Pant (6) departed cheaply as DC were reduced to 90/4.
Shimron Hetmyer had a reprieve early on in his innings when he was caught brilliantly by Shubman Gill who took a diving catch at long on off Chakravarthy. The left hander was back in the hut ,but after watching the replays the officials ruled that the KKR leggie had overstepped.
Hetmyer gave Delhi some momentum by smashing Ferguson for two sixes in the 18th over. He was eventually run out for 17 while going for a non existent run.
Shreyas Iyer slammed Shivam Mavi for a four and six in the last over to take Capitals to 135/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
For Knight Riders Varun Chakravarthy was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/26, while Ferguson and Mavi claimed a wicket each.
Chasing 136, Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill got KKR off to a blistering start. The pair added 96 runs for the opening wicket before the former was caught at deep square leg by substitute Steve Smith off Kagiso Rabada for a fine 55. His knock came off 41 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Nitish Rana was caught at long leg by Hetmyer off Nortje for 13. The well set Gill (46) also fell soon after as he edged a Avesh Khan delivery to Pant behind the stumps .
KKR from 123/1 crumbled to 129 for 5. With 7 needed off the final over, Ravi Ashwin dismissed Shakib and Sunil Narine in successive deliveries.
Rahul Tripathi however smashed a six off the penultimate delivery to give KKR a thrilling win.
For DC, Nortje, Ashwin and Rabada claimed 2 wickets each.
Kolkata Knight Rider will now face Chennai Super Kings in the final on October 15, Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.