Sunrisers Hyderabad now host the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday (May 19). SRH have already qualified for the Play offs and are sitting comfortably at the top of the points table. Even a loss against the KKR will not snatch away the top 2 finish for the Hyderabad side. However, SRH would be aware of the loss of momentum which might hurt them in the Play offs. In that context SRH would want to win against KKR coming on the back of 2 defeats in their previous 2 encounters.
The equation for KKR is quite simple- win the game and qualify for the Playoffs. KKR is the only team in contention which can make it to 16 points with a win tonight and confirm their qualification. With a win in their last 2 encounters KK would believe that they can continue their winning momentum in this game as well.
Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan are the key for SRH batsmen in this match as they have done the bulk of scoring and are also in form in this game. Alex Hales has been disappointing and perhaps SRH can try a different combination given the condition they are in.
For KKR Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik need to deliver in this game if KKR want to confirm their qualification. Hopefully for KKR fans the trio will come good tonight in Hyderabad.
Rashid Khan and Sunil Narine are two effective spinners that will be the key in tonight’s game. Apart from Rashid, SRH might welcome back Bhuvi into their team after he was rested in the previous game. Hyderabad bowling has been on the downfall in previous few games and Williamson and co. might want to work on that area.
A great contest lined up from Hyderabad. Broadcast Starts at 20:00 Hours (IST).