Yusuf Pathan KKR
Yusuf Pathan played an incredible knock to inspire KKR to a massive victory over SRH in IPL 2014Ron Gaunt/IPL/SPORTZPICS

In a display of hitting you are never likely to see again, Yusuf Pathan produced that moment of magic for 22 deliveries, 22 deliveries from which 72 runs were scored, to take the Kolkata Knight Riders to second place in the IPL 2014 table.

Pathan's unbelievable hitting helped KKR beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad while also usurping the Chennai Super Kings to second spot, which gives them two cracks at the cherry at making the final of IPL 2014.

"I hit form at the right time," the obvious Man of the Match Pathan said. "It feels great when the ball hits the middle of the bat and travels a long way.

"My hundred for Rajasthan was a good knock but I got run-out and we couldn't win the match, but this time we won, this feels like my best innings."

KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir, who was grinning from ear to ear after the victory over SRH, was equally in awe of Pathan's knock.

"I don't think I've ever seen an innings like that in my career," Gambhir said. "We always wanted to chase within the 15.2 overs and it was always in our minds, whether we won or lost.

"We didn't start very well up front with the ball and in the field, but these things happen. This is not the time to talk about the negatives, as I have never seen anything like that before. We've finished second, so we get to play back at Eden Gardens."

KKR will now take on Kings XI Punjab in Qualifier 1 in front of their home fans, and after seven straight wins they will be confident of qualifying for the final at the first time of asking.

For the Sunrisers, though, it is a season of what might have been, with the Hyderabad franchise finding their groove a little too late in the tournament, while also ending up shell-shocked after bearing the brunt of that Pathan tornado.

"I wish I could have hit like that at this tournament," SRH captain Darren Sammy said referring to Pathan's incredible knock. "We've dropped some catches today, but credit to Yusuf.

"We lost momentum with our batting, but we kept on taking wickets with our bowling, so I thought we could still win."

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