KKR, Sunrisers still seeking the ideal script

KKR, Sunrisers still seeking the ideal script

KKR, Sunrisers still seeking the ideal script

Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would look to assert their supremacy while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will have revenge on mind when the two teams clash in the Indian Premier League 2016 (IPL 9) Eliminator, here tomorrow (May 25).

Home advantage counts. But only if you are well-equipped to use it. With four spin options to call upon on a parched Eden Gardens pitch, Kolkata Knight Riders strangled Sunrisers Hyderabad to defend 171 and pull off a 22-run victory.

David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Hooda, Yuvraj Singh, Eoin Morgan, Naman Ojha (wk), Moises Henriques, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Mustafizur Rahman, Abhimanyu Mithun. Sunrisers Hyderabad conceded just 10 runs in the last two overs and restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 171 for six. But Pandey's dismissal for a 30-ball 48 he carved a wide full toss from Bhuvneshwar Kumar straight to Kane Williamson at backward point, in the 16th over - sapped momentum out of Knight Riders' innings.

Musta'fizz'ur was expected to take the fizz out of the partnership, but the bowler leaked 20 runs off his first 2 overs as the duo continued their rampage.

Beat Sunrisers by 22 runs in crucial game.

The hosts replaced leg-spinner Piyush Chawla with Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav and pacer Morne Morkel with all-rounder Colin Munro.

But having beaten Sunrisers Hyderabad twice in the tournament, KKR seems favorite but one can not undermine the power packed SRH team.

From being atop the table midway into the season, KKR had slipped out after losing the last two league matches in 2015, a scenario which would haunt them once again when they face Hyderabad in the concluding round. If they win, it takes them to 16 and lock them on points with others team chasing the play-offs.

Knight Riders could be buoyed by the return of their MVP, nay T20's MVP, Andre Russell, who missed the last two games because of a leg injury.

SRH have not had much to show in terms of all-round performances this season. SRH skipper David Warner is the batting mainstay of his team shouldering maximum burden and although his top-order mate Shikhar Dhawan has scored more than 400 runs, a combined effort is the need of the hour.

"We got the start we wanted but in the middle overs we lost two-three quick wickets". Warner too was hit by the heat in Raipur against the Daredevils which forced him out of the second innings for about nine overs, while Morgan skippered the side in his absence, and continued for 14 overs.

However, he was caught at point off Barinder Sran (1-31) in the fourth over.

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