Match Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders Favorite To Make It To the Finale

Kolkata Knight Riders will look to outgun out of form Sunrisers Hyderabad to qualify for the finale. The Knights have won their last four games, with one victory coming against the Sunrisers.

In every match, someone has stood up for them, making vital contribution to guide their team through. The last game against the Rajasthan Royals was not easy as KKR had lost three early wickets and were in danger of bowling out.

However, the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell brought their experience into play and then it was left to bowlers, who didn’t give an inch of hope to Royals.

Piyush Chawla who had a quite tournament so far came alive in the Eliminator, taking wickets when needed. All said and done, the home team cannot afford to take Sunrisers lightly in today’s game as even the slightest of mistake could prove costly.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had a brilliant start to their IPL campaign but have drifted away from the challenge a bit. The bowlers are leaking runs while batsmen have no answer to rivals plans.

Without any doubt, bowling is their strength and if they want to win this game, a concrete effort is needed from all the bowlers. Rashid Khan has been phenomenal but he needs support from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma.

Kane Williamson is their lone performing batsman while others have chipped in one or two matches. Shikhar Dhawan will have to take responsibility and same is the case with Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan.

Verdict

Being home to Kolkata Knight Riders, Eden Gardens wicket will assist them, meaning clear advantage over Sunrisers Hyderabad.


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