The Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants secured the first and second spots on the IPL table and will face off in qualifier one. As a result Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will battle it out in an eliminator on May 17th that will be played in Bengaluru. The winner of this match will play the loser of the Mumbai Indians vs. RPS match in qualifier 2 once again in Bengaluru on May 19.
KKR would not have expected to be in this situation based on the way they were playing as they were expected to finish in first or second place. However KKR has lost a couple of key games towards the end and now find themselves in a do or die encounter against the Sunrisers. KKR have chopped and changed their squad on a number of occasions and still seem to have questions on what their best squad should be.
Gambhir has justified those decisions by saying its horses for courses and on that note will have to choose the right squad against the Sunrisers or they run the risk of being eliminated. The Sunrisers are the defending champions and will know that they have to play at their best if they are to overcome a powerful and unpredictable KKR. We take a look at the top players for KKR and Sunrisers and what they have to do to help their side qualify.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine: Narine was expected to be a strike bowler once again in this year’s IPL but he has surprised everyone with his batting strike rate and been successful in getting the team off to good starts.
Chris Lynn: Lynn is back in the squad after recovering from injury and is clearly the most devastating striker in the tournament. Should Lynn come to the party, KKR will win comfortably.
David Warner: Warner is a champion batsman and a leader who thrives under pressure. There is no doubting Warner’s commitment and desire to lead from the front and he will be the key wicket that KKR will be after as they realize he can change the course of the match in just a few balls.
B Kumar: Kumar has been in great form with the ball, particularly at the death with his yorkers. KKR will have to find a way to get the better of B Kumar if they are to keep their wickets intact.