IPL 2018 Playoffs – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 25th May, 14:30 (UK)

Where? Eden Gardens

Weather? Temperatures of 30-34c with cloud and haze expected

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Sunrisers Hyderabad W5, Kolkata Knight Riders W9

THE TEAM NEWS

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • Hyderabad dropped their fourth straight match when they went down in a thriller to Chennai last time out. Defending just 139, Hyderabad looked like doing what they have done all tournament and defend low totals but an inspired Faf du Plessis innings saw Chennai prevail late in the game.
  • With the dual failures of Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson, the Sunrisers middle order crumbled once again with only Carlos Brathwaite (43 from 29) offering any resistance and they desperately need their key men setting the platform early in the innings.
  • Alex Hales will come into consideration for this match however with the restrictions on the amount of overseas players permitted it will be difficult to squeeze him in as it would be unlikely to see any of Williamson, Khan, Al Hasan or Brathwaite dropped.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Coach: Jacques Kallis

Captain: Dinesh Karthik

  • Kolkata produced a very fine display of bowling to claim victory over Rajasthan and continue their quest for the title. Kolkata set Rajasthan a modest total of 169 and looked like they would chase it down with ease being 109/2 after 14 overs however the spinning duo of Yadav (1/18) and Piyush Chawla (2/24) managed to hold Rajasthan to just 144.
  • Andre Russell produced a crucial innings of 49 not out from just 25 balls to help catapult Kolkata to a defendable total which was key as prior to Russell’s innings, KKR were struggling badly after the loss of Narine (4), Lynn (18), Uthappa (3) and Rana (3).
  • Hard to see any changes for the final against Hyderabad however Javon Searles has not added much since coming into the line-up so could be replaced by veteran Mitch Johnson however this seems unlikely considering Johnson’s form throughout the tournament.

THE PREDICTION

This looks to be a fascinating match-up with both clubs desperate to make it through to the grand finale against Chennai. Kolkata still show signs of inconsistency within matches although they have shown they can still grind out wins whilst Sunrisers Hyderabad have now lost four in a row in what is a worrying sign. The issue for Hyderabad is whilst Rashid Khan is still dominating batsmen, the bowlers around him seem to have lost their edge and batsmen now feel more confidence to counterattack, and this is coupled with a batting order who are relying heavily on two players which has resulted in a team down on confidence. Kolkata have come up against Hyderabad at the perfect time with the Knight Riders having now won four matches in a row. Their firepower in the batting line-up will trouble the Hyderabad bowlers once again and send KKR through to the final with Chennai.