Hyderabad: After a shocking defeat to Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad now face a must-win game against Kolkata Knight Riders, who are on a high following back-to-back victories here today.
Shikhar Dhawan during the practice session yesterday
The Sunrisers have earned eight points from 10 matches and suffered successive losses against Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at their home ground, which makes it important for the team to win today to fetch a berth in the play-offs.
The Sunrisers’ star batsmen such as Aaron Finch, David Warner, Naman Ojha have risen to the occasion in recent matches and captain Shikhar Dhawan rediscovering his form augurs well for the side.
The hosts need to plug the loose ends and demonstrate their combined might to ensure a win against the KKR. The KKR, on the other hand, are high on confidence following back-to-back victories, including the one against KXIP, and would look for a straight win against SRH to consolidate their position. KKR have 10 points from an equal number of matches. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have been in fine form for KKR.
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. Batting first on a slow Uppal wicket KKR ended with 130-7 which looked below-par
. Parthiv Patel (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (42) gave Sunrisers a blazing start. At half-way stage SRH were 77-0. SRH, though, found some amazing way to allow KKR a comeback. Dhawan fell to a needless reverse-sweep and Patel was also adjudged lbw off Iqbal Abdulla
. It was anybody’s game with 15 required off the last 12 balls. Two singles came of first two balls of Abdulla’s over, followed by a couple. Then Darren Sammy danced down the track and lofted Iqbal Abdulla for successive sixes to send the Uppal Stadium into a frenzy