The Playoffs start today with RPS facing MI to decide the finalist but tomorrow’s game will be more interesting because of the fact that there are no second chances for the team losing at Bengaluru.
On Wednesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders clash against each other in the Eliminator. The Knight Riders finished fourth while Hyderabad won a do or die game against GL to finish third. The winner of this game in Bengaluru will proceed to Qualifier 2 where they’ll face the loser of Qualifier 1. Meanwhile, the loser tomorrow will exit the tournament.
SRH V KKR – PREVIEW
Sunrisers Hyderabad perfomed well initially this season but an abandoned game against RCB and few odd losses saw them scrape through to the playoffs. The Knight Riders got off to a rolicking start to the tournament but finished lower than expected having lost 3 out of their last 4 games, a lack of momentum which Hyderabad will look to capitalise on. On the flipside, Kolkata will try to repeat their performaces against SRH this year having won both the fixtures against them. Both the sides will regret the fact that they couldn’t finish higher up the table even after good starts.
TEAM NEWS – SUNRISERS HYDERABAD
Ashish Nehra, Sunrisers’ leading pacer has been ruled out of the tournament after pulling his Hamstring. The team won’t sweat too much as the pace attack has done well with young Siraj getting 4 wickets in the last match, Kaul who has done well at the death and purple cap holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The batting looks solid with Vijay Shankar coming in. He guided Hyderabad to victory last match alongside David Warner, both of them striking 50s. The skipper and Dhawan are the top 2 run-getters of IPL 2017.
TEAM NEWS – KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Kolkata would back the current team to perform well but Gambhir might be tempted to go with Shakib Al Hassan instead of de Grandhomme with the Chinnaswamy pitch being more spin-friendly than usual this season. The team will bank on their openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn to give a pacy start and the skipper himself to provide stability in the middle. Kuldeep Yadav has given them important wickets in the middle overs while Narine has kept it tight. The pace of Trent Boult and Umesh Yadav make the bowling attack look quite good on paper.
FANTASY PICK BATSMAN – DAVID WARNER
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 16, 2017
David Warner, the SRH skipper, has been on top form this IPL, amassing over 600 runs including an incredible 126. He has consistently given his team a good start and has guided them to victory. He has earned 903 points in the FYS Fantasy Charts.
FANTASY PICK BOWLER – BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR
Leading the pace attack, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has done an excellent job taking 25 wickets in 14 games at an incredible economy of 6.97 to hold the purple cap. He has been very good at the death too with his yorkers and slower balls. He has earned more than 550 points this season in the FYS Fantasy Charts..
FANTASY PICK ALL-ROUNDER – SUNIL NARINE
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 7, 2017
After being pushed to the role of a makeshift opener, the premier West Indian spinner has scored quickly holding the record for joint-fastest IPL 50. He has been tight with the ball most of the matches even when not at his best form. He has scored more than 500 points in the FYS Fantasy Charts..
Live from the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bengaluru at 8 pm on 17th May in Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Max and Sony ESPN. Live Streaming on hotstar.com.