KKR would be looking to make a mark in their final encounter of the league stages, a win in tonight’s encounter at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad will assure them a playoff berth. KKR have won 7 out of their 13 encounters and sitting firmly on the 3rd spot in the points table.
SRH, on the other hand, have found themselves sitting at the top of the ladder with 9 wins in 13 games. KKR have been in nice touch though with the last match 6 wickets win with 2 overs to spare against Rajasthan Royals.
KKR has been one team which was ignored for a spot in the playoffs in the initial stages of the tournament, but riding on with the form of their Caribbean duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell they have surely managed to get things under control for a spot in the playoffs.
SRH has been a bit clumsy in their last two encounters against CSK and RCB respectively, the bowling lineup of this team was considered to be the most intimidating but the last two games which they have lost have been due to their bowling woes and if the team management is unable to find the right replacements for their undeserving players it would definitely affect their chances going into the playoffs.
KKR: The team looks ready to go with some minor changes here and there, apart from that the team looks balanced.
SRH: They won’t tinkle with their batting lineup, in the bowling department though they need to look for some replacements.
Probable Playing XIs:
KKR: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(C/WK), Andre Russell, Shubhman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi.
SRH: Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson(C), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hassan, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, T Natrajan.
KKR: Sunil Narine. The momentum which he gives to the team at the top of the order really boost up their chances of getting a big score, along with Andre Russell with his prowess hitting is always an aid in the lower order.
SRH: Kane Williamson. He is just on some different planet altogether, the way he is batting he simply looks unstoppable and as determined with his captainship.
Wicket-keeper: Dinesh Karthik.
Top Order: Kane Williamson, Chris Lynn, Shikhar Dhawan, Nitish Rana will be the top order.
All Rounders: Shakib Al Hassan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell are the all-rounder picks.
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav will complete the Dream XI.