After winning five matches in a row, four losses in a row have dealt a blow to Sunrisers’ hopes of reaching the IPL playoffs. They have 10 points from 11 matches and will need to win the remaining three matches to keep their chances of making the playoffs alive.
KKR have 10 points from 12 matches and are on the verge of being dropped. The Shreyas Iyer-led side have only two matches left and a win will only take them to 14 points which may not be enough to reach the playoffs as Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have 14 in 12 matches. Remains in the top four with points.
The main reason for Sunrisers’ loss in the previous matches was the injury of their main bowlers Washington Sundar and T Natarajan and the inability of pacer Umran Malik to perform well.
This can be gauged from the fact that the opposition team scored more than 190 runs in the last four matches against Sunrisers.
In the last match against RCB, Sunrisers tried Fazlhaq Farooqui and Karthik Tyagi but they too did not work, adding to the problems of the team.
Sunrisers have good batsmen in the batting department but skipper Kane Williamson will have to shoulder more responsibility. He has only scored one fifty so far. Abhishek Sharma has given the team a good start but this young batsman is not able to handle the innings.
Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram are also scoring runs but Sunrisers batsmen need support from the bowlers.
KKR, on the other hand, have had to bear the brunt of frequent changes in the playing XI. His team, however, will enter this match after a win over Mumbai Indians.
The KKR team is struggling to score runs in the powerplay. Venkatesh Iyer, however, has made a good comeback after being dropped in the middle.
In the last match, both Tim Southee and Pat Cummins were included in the playing XI and they together took four wickets.
But according to reports, Cummins will miss the rest of the IPL and is returning home to recover from a hip injury.
KKR’s highest wicket-taker Umesh Yadav missed the last match due to a calf strain. The team hopes that he will be fit soon.
The teams are as follows:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Aaron Finch, Abhijit Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Inderjit, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakraborty, Aman Khan, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammad Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Vishnu Vinod, Glenn Phillips, R Samarth, Shashank Singh, Romario Shepherd, Marco Yansen, J Suchit, Shreyas Gopal , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sean Abbott, Karthik Tyagi, Saurabh Tiwari, Fazlhaq Farooqui, Umran Malik, T Natarajan.
The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.