The second Match of IPL 2016 Play-offs and it will be the Eliminator match SRH vs KKR at Feroz Shah Kotla today on 25th May 2016. This will be the do or die situation for both the team as the team which will lose the match will go home and it will be end of the tournament for them from here. The winning team of Eliminator will battle against Gujarat Lions in the Qualifier 2nd which will be played at Kotla. So it will be very important match for both the team and the one who will play better T20 cricket in the match will make to the next qualifier match. Both the team are of equal level in terms of performance, both have won 8 matches out of 14 in the league stage and with 16 points SRH is on 3rd and KKR on 4th place in the points table. For the preview and prediction of SRH vs KKR match just go through the article.
Hyderabad vs Kolkata Match Preview :-
Both the team have won equal matches in the league stage, so in terms of their previous match they are on the same platform. But KKR defeated SRH 2 times in IPL 2016 which is a plus point for Kolkata where SRH will take it as a challenge and will try to give it back to the Knight Riders. Both the team played sensible cricket so far in the tournament and due to which they have qualified into the play-offs.
The opening pair of both the teams are the pillars of their innings. Gautam Gambhir – Robin Uthappa and David Warner- Shikhar Dhawan both the pair successfully delivering good start to the team which takes off pressure from the upcoming middle order batsman. But from last few games both the pair struggled a bit. Gautam Gambhir batted wonderfully into the tournament scored 473 runs in 14 innings with 5 half-centuries. Captain David Warner is on the 3rd spot in the leading run scorer list with 658 runs in 14 innings at an amazing strike rate of 150.91 including blusterous 7 fifties and one of them is in 21 balls (his fastest). Shikhar Dhawan scored 463 runs in 14 innings with 4 fifties but the strike rate was not impressive (118.71). In the last match against KKR he has achieved 50 runs marks in just 28 balls but the inning gone in vain as they lost the match by 22 runs.
In the KKR Batting line up two batsman which are impressed every one in the IPL 2016 are Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan. Both have batted wonderfully and played some match winning innings, Specially Yusuf pathan who is very impressive while chasing. He has scored 359 runs at the strike-rate of 148.34 which tells all the story about his form. Russell missed last two games due to an injury but good news of the Kolkata is that he might play today’s match as he was practicing in the nets and looking fit for the match. Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey and Shakib Al hasan also strengthened the batting order of their team.
If we look at the SRH batting line up, the whole team pretty much dependent of David warner, if he got out early the team comes under pressure. Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Karn Sharma, Yuvraj Singh are there in the middle order but they are not consistent at all and due to poor batting performance in the last two matches they lost the games. Hope before upcoming match SRH vs KKR, Sunrisers Hyderabad will improve their batting.
Both the team have good bowling unit specially SRH have better record in terms of economy ( 7.87) where KKR is best in taking wickets (Took 86 wickets so far). Specially in the powerplay both the team performed exceptionally well and restrict opponent batsman to score big runs. Hyderabad have average economy of 6.73 in the first six over which is best in the tournament where KKR is on the second spot with economy of 7.41 in the power-play. In Sunrisers bowling squad Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman are most wicket taking bowler of IPL 2016 where Kolkata Knight Riders having Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla.
SRH vs KKR Prediction : Kolkata or Hyderabad who will win :-
The big question which is unanswerable till the result of the match. Every body predicting the winner of the match. If we look at the individual players of both the team and their recent performance in the IPL 2016 and predict the result of the match, KKR will win the match and will play against Gujarat Lions in the qualifier 2nd (Check Schedule of IPL 2016 play-offs here. This is our prediction of Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders match.
Key Players of both teams :-
- Gautam Gambhir
- Robin Uthappa
- Yusuf Pathan
- Andre Russell
- Sunil Narine
- David Warner
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Yuvraj Singh
- Kane Williamson
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
What you think who will win today ? Kolkata or Hyderabad ?