Jacques Kallis produced a fine all-round effort of 30 and 2-24 as the Kolkata Knight Riders secured an 18-run win over the Delhi Daredevils yesterday to ensure its maiden Indian Premier League final appearance.
Kallis steadied the Kolkata innings with a solid 30 off 33 balls as the team scored 162-4 after electing to bat in the first "qualifier" played at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
The veteran South African then took the important wickets of Venugopal Rao and Ross Taylor as Delhi was restricted to 144-8.
Hard-hitting batsman Yusuf Pathan and West Indian spinner Sunil Narine were the other main contributors to Kolkata's victory.
For Delhi, Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene top-scored with 40 but his dismissal in the 15th over tilted the balance in Kolkata's favour.
Delhi will get another chance to reach the final when it takes on the winner of the "eliminator" in Bangalore today between the third and fourth-placed teams from the nine-team league - Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.