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Four New Zealanders through to IPL semis

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/05/2016
Brendon McCullum © Anthony Devlin/Press Association Brendon McCullum

Up to four New Zealanders could be involved in the Indian Premier League play-offs after Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders booked the last two play-off berths.

Retired Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum is part of the top-qualifying Gujarat Lions, who will play the major semi-final on Tuesday against Bangalore, who finished second after beating Delhi Daredevils by six wickets.

Fourth-placed Kolkata beat third-ranked Sunrisers Hyderabad by 22 runs and the same teams will meet in Wednesday's minor semi-final, with the losers eliminated.

New Zealand's Colin Munro made just his third appearance of the season for Kolkata, scoring 10 as they posted 171-6.

Hyderabad, who responded with 149-8, didn't field either of their Black Caps. Captain Kane Williamson has played six of their 14 games while seamer Trent Boult is yet to get a run this season.

Results on the final day eliminated fifth-placed defending champions the Mumbai Indians.

Their New Zealand seamer Mitchell McClenaghan finished third on the tournament wicket-taking list with 17 scalps.

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