KKR Ready for SRH Challenge for FinalMay 25, 2018
Call it complacency or the lack of performance from their middle-order, Sunrisers 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, Sunrisers 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 Kane Williamson-led side to stop the Kolkata juggernaut and return to winning ways.
First to qualify for the play-offs eliminating Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers’ 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 skipper Kane Williamson, the current ‘Orange Cap’ holder with 685 runs at 57.05 average.
Their latest defeat will hurt them the most as they had their match in pocket with Chennai struggling at 113/8 inside 18 overs chasing 140 but Williamson’s strategy to keep an over from Carlos Brathwaite at the death backfired.