Upbeat KKR ready for SRH battle in Qualifier 2


Kolkata, May 24: Two-time champions Kolkata will be aiming to exploit Hyderabad’s recent run of poor form when the two teams square off in what promises to be a high-octane second Qualifier of the Indian Premier League on Friday.
While KKR ticked all the boxes during the business end of the tournament with four wins on the trot, SRH have been lacklustre of late.
Call it complacency or the lack of performance from their middle-order, SRH have lost four straight games, something that will be a cause of concern for Kane Williamson’s brigade.
Arguably the best bowling attack in the tournament with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma delivering consistently along with the immensely talented Rashid Khan, SRH will like to extract whatever juice is available from the Eden Gardens track.
But with the momentum strongly in favour of Dinesh Karthik and Co who will also heavily bank on home advantage, it will need a special effort from the Williamson-led side to stop the Kolkata juggernaut and return to winning ways.
First to qualify for the play-offs eliminating Delhi, SRH’s slide began in Pune, when their famed bowling attack failed to defend 180 against Chennai and then went on to lose to RCB, KKR and CSK in subsequent games.
Hyderabad’s problem has been their batting which is heavily reliant on Williamson, the current ‘Orange Cap’ holder with 685 runs at 57.05 average.
There will be no such headache for Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik who will look to go unchanged unless there’s any niggle in the lineup. The winners of this contest will face CSK in the IPL-11 summit clash in Mumbai on May 27. (ZeeNews)