At the start of the IPL season, few would have tipped Sunrisers Hyderabad to be one of the four teams that qualify for the playoffs. Now, however, their prospects in their first season have boiled down to one simple task in the very last league game, against Kolkata Knight Riders: a win. Royal Challengers Bangalore, who beat Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, have drawn level with Sunrisers on 18 points, making this a must win-match for Sunrisers.
Sunrisers stand out when compared to the other teams that have already entered the playoffs or are competing to get there. Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and even Royal Challengers Bangalore have strong batting units while Rajasthan Royals are a team that is greater than the sum of its parts. Sunrisers, however, find themselves on the brink of qualification simply on the strength of their bowling. That strength was on display again when they defended 136 against Rajasthan Royals; Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra and Thisara Perera kept a vice-like grip on the run-rate. More importantly, for most of the season when the bowlers have not been defending small totals, they've restricted the opposition to scores that their batting has managed to chase down.
For Knight Riders, this game is about redeeming as much of their poor season as they can, while doing Royal Challengers a favour. And, as Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli cheekily put it at the post-match presentation, he'd be happy to give Gautam Gambhir a call to request him to win the match.
What a finish of league matches of IPL 2013 season. Must win for Sunrisers if they want to qualify for the play-offs, which means RCB will be out. They have done the same with RCB in last season by defeating them and CSK at the end qualified for the play-offs. Its really been shameful for Challengers not to qualify after having blistering start in the tournament.
As far as both teams batting is concern, KKR is struggling a lot and Sunrisers are getting stable with each match. Bowling, everyone knows Sunrisers bowling is superb. This is the only sides which have registered most of the wins because of their admirable bowling.
Our experts are supporting Risers in this game and expecting big knock from Dhawan and T.Parera.
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