Hyderabad v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 18, 2013

Playoff spot within sight of Sunrisers


Match facts

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Start time 2000 (1630 GMT)

Big Picture

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.

Form guide

Sunrisers Hyderabad WLWLW (most recent first)
Kolkata Knight RidersLWWLW

In the spotlight

The Sunrisers' top order hasn't always given the team good starts. Among teams playing in this IPL, the Sunrisers top order (No. 1-3) has scored the minimum runs - 833 from 15 matches, so far. It's a statistic that will worry them, given the level of competition in the playoffs.

Stats and trivia

  • Dale Steyn has bowled 793 dot balls in IPL so far, second only after Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan.
  • Ishant Sharma is fourth on the list of bowlers to have conceded the most runs in this season, with 435 runs from 15 matches. Thisara Perera is close behind at 431 runs from 14 matches
  • Sunil Narine needs four wickets to reach 50 IPL wickets. He also leads the list of bowlers to have taken four wickets or more in an innings the most number of times, having done so four times in the IPL.


"They are a proud team. They've got a point to prove and they want to finish the season on a high. We have to prepare well. We have to execute in the three disciplines to make sure we finish with a win."
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, Tom Moody

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sumedh on May 19, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Go SRH go win this one and knock out RCB

  • gurinder on May 19, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    kkr will beat srh so thet we can see kohli and gayle in finals and winning ipl 6. kohli is best young cricketer in this world and an ipl crown as captain will serve him well. srh plz drop sanga and perera, both have underperformed and cost games . play sammy he is better allrounder than perera.want kkr to win big to numb some pain for finishing 7th after winning last time. they overachieved last year and this year they occupy their true place

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Is it the last time Narine, Kallis & GG are playing for same team,,,as i know next year there will b a new auction,,Hope SRH will win today,,coz i m anti RCB Fan,,Go ahead SRH Boys

  • Dinesh on May 19, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Good luck SHR.. What about bringing Nathen (NZ) for a change?

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    SRH has to learn beating teams like CSK, MI,RCB and KKR. They were terrible against CSK both in home and away also. They beat MI in home and lost to MI because of that great knock by Pollard. So, they have to prove that they are better than RCB. SRH have won more away games compared to RCB. It is shame that RCB has all the good players in their side and now they are expecting SRH to lose,so that they can qualify for play offs. CSK did not play well to their potential in the yesterday game against RCB, so I wish KKR too play the same manner against SRH. Anyhow in one line SRH has to win this game and tell all the teams that beware of them. No big name players even then their performance will let RCB to go for play offs. Shame on RCB to be in such a situation.

  • MOHAMMED on May 19, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Hyderabad team have won only 2 matches against KKR outside India. They are yet to win a match in India. KKR is going to win this match easily and will maintain the record perfectly. Congrats KKR in advance for victory.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @maddy20: If batting prowess of RCB and MI faltered because of the horrible wickets, then how come such a weak SRH batting could cross the line 7 out of 8 times.

  • Heshan on May 19, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Ok now its the must win time for SRH.. they need to look forward and do some changes not only for this match but also for the playoffs(if they get selected). 1.Remove Vihari.yes you need someone to anchor the innings..but at the same time with the strike rate at least of 115-120. not 91!! he is not a T20 material.let Samantray to do that job.(look at his last innings) Dhawan can give that one over of OS. 2.let Sanga to captain the team here after.his captaincy will be the key factor.also he should open the innings so he can settle down and also he will be able to tackle Senanayake today as he know a lot about him.i am sure either way Sanga gonna be useful than white. 3.Please let Perera to bat up the order.he is surely a better batsmen than a pinch hitter.he can give the innings like 50(25) which the boost SRH badly need in their batting line up. 1.Patel 2.Sanga 3.Dhawan 4.Samantray 5.Perera 6.Sammy 7.Karan 8.Reddy/Ankit 9.Mishra 10.Steyn 11.Sharma Go SRH GO!!

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    KKR are ofcourse the defending champions......so they would definitely want to salvage some pride by signing off on a high!!

  • Sarah on May 19, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    SRH should go with Sanga considering the spin heavy KKR bowling attack. White will be clueless against Sachi n Narine. They really need a plan to counter the Sachi-Narine factor. Sammy will also struggle big time here. Hope SRH make it the play-offs.