Among few teams which harvested most fruitful outcomes in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad are the one. Having no figurative setbacks or ups and downs in the whole tournament, the Orange Army gospel for the final not less than Chennai Super Kings in any means against whom they had been trashed away by 2 wickets and opting to look forward to have the ticket of the final in the upcoming second qualifier, on May 25.
The opposition Kolkata Knight Riders’ batsmen, nevertheless, blew ashes from any chance of being slipped off from the track.
Top five batsmen of Kolkata Knight Riders crossed scoring 300 runs in this season, led by skipper, wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik. Leading from the very front, Karthik pushed his team forward in whatever the adverse situation might be. The Kolkata Knight Riders captain is just 10 short from scoring 500 runs in this year’s Indian Premier League.
Among rest of the top orders of KKR, opener Chris Lynn has so far scored 443 while Robin Uthappa made 349 and Sunil Narine 331.
In the late middle order, Caribbean hard hitter Andre Russell bolstered no less destruction to the opposition, was also the hero for Kolkata Knight Riders in the elimination match where they submerged Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is also feeling highly privileged having skipper Kane Williamson who is just 15 runs shy of becoming only the fifth batsman in the history of IPL to score 700 in a season.
KKR bowling coach Heath Streak thus said, “Kane’s playing well at the moment. I think sometimes people forget to bowl good balls to him. I think he’s one of the players who respects a good ball. So it’s about not to be intimidated and go away from the plan. He’s like any good player. At the moment he’s picking lengths and lines really well so your margins for error are very tight.”
The home venue favored the home team; KKR has a five match win record in contrast of SRH’s one win at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The match will start 7 pm local time, 7.30 pm Bangladesh Standard Time at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Kolkata Knight Riders Likely XI: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Shubman Gill, 8 Javon Searles, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Piyush Chawla, 11 Prasidh Krishna
Sunrisers Hyderabad Likely XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Shreevats Goswami (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Carlos Brathwaite, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Siddarth Kaul, 11 Sandeep Sharma