Both teams have lifted the IPL crown at M.chinnaswamy stadium but this time they will be playing an eliminator against each other, one who losses is directly out from Indian premier league and winner gets a chance for qualifying to the finals. Sunrisers Hyderabad always looked like falling at number three or four spot but Kolkata Knight Riders loss of form at the end of the season saw them falling for these spot. Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have won eight games each and have equal record against each other in this season. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders both teams have deeply deepened on middle orders on few occasions. Kolkata Knight Riders if wish to win their third IPL title would have to first time win three knock-out games to do so. On the other hand, in this matter Sunrisers Hyderabad have slight of advantage as they went on to win the crown last year by winning back to back three knock-out games. Kolkata Knight Riders have vastly expremented with the opening pair due to Sunil Narine bamboozled innings at the top of the order. Where as with the injury of Yuvraj Singh, Hyderabad franchise were a bit worried before Vijay Shankar rescued the team and made his captain believe in his ability. Both teams will put their all in this do or die knock-out game.
Head to head battle: Kolkata knight riders have won 7 of the eleven matches played against each other. Sunrisers Hyderabad have won two of the last season eliminator which will help in boosting their confidence.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Yuvraj Singh finger injury caused him out from few matches, if fit he will be back in place of an impressive Vijay Shankar. Pitch of Chinnaswamy is not friendly to batters, so Kane Williamson can be included in the side in place of all-rounder Mohd Nabi. Rest of the team will be same as usual.
Probable XI: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh/Vijay Shankar, Naman Ojha, Rashid Khan, Mohd Nabi/Kane Williamson, Deepak Hooda, Mohd Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sidharth Kaul.
Kolkata Knight Riders: in this knock out game, KKR will definitely change their batting combination and Lynn-gambhir pair could be seen at the start of the innings. Ankit rajpoot was impressive with his bowling and could retain his place. Coulter-Nile will be back in the team as he is now fit to play. Kuldeep Yadav or Piyush Chawla this will be the toughest decision for knight riders to make.
Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Sunil Narine, Colin de grandhomme, Yusuf Pathan, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Ankit rajpoot, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Trent Boult.
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What: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 17th May, 20:00 IST.
Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
What to expect: a warm evening is expected at Bangalore but there is chances of rain and if so it can affect the game too. If due to rain no game is played than due to net run rate Sunrisers Hyderabad will qualify.
Toss Prediction: chasing is always a better option at the knockout game. So Team winning the toss will definitely choose to bowl first.
Match Prediction: Sunrisers Hyderabad are looking more confident and more favorable side to win but the never say die attitude of Kolkata Knight Riders would be hard to overcome.