Knight Riders v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Kolkata May 23, 2014

Remote chance of progress for Sunrisers


Match facts

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Play 04:11
Guha: Sunrisers have to win well

Big Picture

Sunrisers Hyderabad have a laundry list of odds to beat if they are to clinch the final playoff spot. A dismal net run-rate of -0.231 puts them well behind their contenders, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. They travel to Eden Gardens, one of the largest stadiums in the country, which has routinely and vociferously been behind Kolkata Knight Riders, who have won their last six games quite convincingly. Gautam Gambhir's men are in sight of their their longest winning streak and a spot in the top-two on the points table.

Three of the strongest hitters in T20s wear the Sunrisers orange. However, only David Warner has bolstered his threat with performance on the field. Aaron Finch and Darren Sammy haven't yet caused the damage they are capable of. With the backbone buckling and their limited Indian talent taking too long to hit their stride, the Sunrisers bowlers needed to pick up the slack once again. Only they couldn't. Sunrisers claimed 100 wickets in 17 matches last season at an average of 23.03, but in 13 matches this year their tally is 64 at 31.78.

A upturn in form since the IPL returned to India and Robin Uthappa's remarkable consistency at the top of the order has put Knight Riders through to the playoffs. They are now in contention to displace Chennai Super Kings, with whom they are level on 16 points, from the No.2 spot.

Form guide

Kolkata Knight Riders: WWWWW (completed games, most recent first)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: WWLLL

Where they stand

Kolkata Knight Riders: Third place, with 16 points from 13 games
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Sixth, with 12 points from 13 games

Previous encounter

The Sunrisers think-tank had picked the top-order's inability to push on as their major drawback this season and this game was another example. David Warner lasted 18 balls and his 34 was the top score as Umesh Yadav's three wickets helped Knight Riders limit Sunrisers to 142. A string of 30s and a 40 from Uthappa took the visitors to victory by seven wickets.

Watch out for

David Warner has been shuttled up and down the order but his performance has not been affected. He has the most fifties in the tournament so far - the first came at No.3, the next three at No.4 and the last two while opening the batting. His 90 off 45 against Chennai Super Kings might well have ended his musical chairs up and down the order.

At the other end is Sunil Narine, whose mechanical consistency - 20 wickets at an economy rate of six - is the major reason for Knight Riders' confidence in their bowling. The battle between the two could well decide the result of the game.

Stats and trivia

  • Gautam Gambhir is the only batsman to have scored a half century in the three IPL games played between Knight Riders and Sunrisers
  • Sunrisers won four out of six times when they posted a total below 150 in 2013. This year, they have managed only one win in four tries


"We knew that we have the bowling attack to defend anything. But to chase has been my personal decision as lot of people have been tagging us as chokers and I wanted to rid of it."
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on their recent strategy of batting second.

"I wanted to applaud every shot he played because he was batting magnificently"
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Shikhar Dhawan has become one of David Warner's fans

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Quamar on May 24, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    SRH team looks ok, think they should have dropped Steen rather than Finch but hope he proves me wrong... Finch has been unlucky eg. Dhawan running him out last game... hope Srikanth junior and Holder justify selection. Would have brought Mishra back for Rasool. Anyhow, go for it SRH- you need to post around 240!!!

  • Android on May 24, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Great David Warner

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    The stage is set for kkr,they only have to come out good and be professional. I really don't support the criteria of chopping and changing the playing eleven. So pick your best side who would be playing the qualifier and give them a good show. Otherwise there is no point in playing people who are not sure if they perform well. The only change in this match for KKR should be kuldeep yadav for v.Kumar. his left arm China man spin is surely unplayable for many and with many of lefthanders in the opposite team he will be dengerous. So go KKR ,go for the kill.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    To get to #2in the ladder, Kolkata may have to win by nearly 40 (more than 38) runs or with more than 4 overs to go, right?

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    SRH will never progress.. only MI or RR can go..whereas RR has higher chances of qualifying as they only need to win or lose by a small margin whereas MI has a tough task ahead. Let's analyze the same.

    A. Scenario for MI if they bat second: They need to restrict RR to 165 (20 ovs) and then chase down the target in 14.1 ovs.

    B. Scenario for MI if they bat first: They need to score 200 (20 ovs) and restrict RR to 157 in 20 ovs.

    I would give a higher if they chase the target, otherwise RR would qualify easily as MI don't have a bowling attack to skittle any opposition.

    Still, in any case I would be routing for MI. Love MI. Go MI. Cheers...!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Batting first or chasing a big total , KKR should send Shakib to bat at 3 . Manish is OK to bat at 3 to chase a moderate score like 135 to 150 .

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    KKR Eleven 1.Uthappa2. gambhir 3.Surykant yadav 4..Pathan 5.manish pandey 6 bisla 7 Shakib 8 Cummins 9 morkel 10 narain 11 Umesh yadav

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    KKR should try some of the indian talents that are warming the bench instead of vinay, piyush or yadav

  • Android on May 24, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Faisool only 4 oitsiders u can play at a time. So they are Morkel, Narine, Shakib and Tendo. So no one of them u can replaced. I think KKR just need to hold their confidence and play with the same side. No doubt Manish is slow but not bad when other players are performing.

  • Android on May 24, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    This ia the most important match for both teams. Kolkata is already qualofied for playoffs but still this is very important match for them because if they lose this match then it will effect their confidence and which is not good for them because the next round is of Semis. So they already played two and won both in Eden Gardens and they know the conditions very well. So they have to go with same Lineup and have to win this game. So all the best KKriders.

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