IPL 2022: Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Kolkata Knight Riders in battle of survival
SRH has the quality but skipper Kane Williamson needs to take on more responsibility.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are facing four straight defeats, will have to deal with their bowling woes when they take on opposing Kolkata Knight Riders as both teams look to stay afloat in Saturday's IPL playoff race. After a five-game winning streak, SRH fell to sixth place by 10 points and would need to win all three remaining games to salvage their hopes of advancing to the playoffs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, struggling after four straight defeats, will need to sort out their bowling woes when they take on the fickle Kolkata Knight Riders as both teams look to stay afloat in Saturday's IPL play-off race here .
A string of losses after a five-game winning streak has dropped SRH to sixth place with 10 points, and they would need to win all three remaining games to salvage any hopes of making the playoffs.
However, with 10 points, KKR is on the brink of elimination. Shreyas Iyer's men have just two games left and wins in both only take them to 14 points, which may not be enough as Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are already well within the top four with 14 points from 12 games.
One of the main reasons for SRH's terrible run in recent video games is accidents involving frontline bowlers - Washington Sundar and T. Natarajan - and the sudden lack of speedster Umran Malik.
When Sundar injured his bowling arm again, specialist Natarajan died. But coach Tom Moody was hoping for the duo's return against KKR.
Malik, who looked fast and furious in earlier games and was consistently hitting 150km/h, lost aim and racked up too many runs in the last couple of games and his form will be crucial for SRH.
Fazalhaq Farooqi and Karthik Tyagi were taken to the RCB cleaner in their last game, adding to SRH's problems.
SRH has quality at batting, but skipper Kane Williamson needs to take on more responsibility as he only has to show a fifty this season. Although Abhishek Sharma gave them a solid start, the young man was unable to anchor the layers.
Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram were also between runs but the SRH batsmen will need help from their pitchers, who will need to ensure they limit their resistance to reasonable totals.
KKR's top goalie, Umesh Yadav, missed the last game after stretching his calf muscles and the team hoped to bounce back into the game.
With their IPL campaign drawing to a close, KKR is hoping to make the most of the remaining two games as it looks forward to next season.