We are just a couple of days away from getting the IPL winner and this has been a season of major turnarounds. The teams that started out on a high, didn’t win enough matches in the end, and vice versa.
Sunrisers Hyderabad came into the tournament as strong contenders for a playoff berth, and did that in style as they finished at top of the points table. They peaked for almost the entire duration of the league games, and so did their bowlers. But in the last 5 matches, their form has completely gone for a toss as they have lost four games during this time. They lost the first qualifier too against Chennai Super Kings by two wickets, which would have dented their confidence even further.
What is noteworthy is that their opponents in qualifier 2, Kolkata Knight Riders have displayed tremendous form and have won four out of the last five matches. That tilts the odds heavily in favour of Dinesh Karthik-led side.
Often termed as the best bowling unit in the IPL, Hyderabad hasn’t clicked as a bowling unit in these games and that has been a major worry for the team.
That concern does not end here. In the last 5 matches, SRH have approximately traveled 4700 KM by air this season. So fatigue could be a factor too for a dip in their performance. In all, they have traveled a whopping 13,546 KM in the entire IPL which is bound to take a toll on the players’ performance. These staggering numbers are minus the distance the team would have covered to reach the airports and stadiums at various locations.
Distance SRH have traveled by air this season:
But having said, SRH will have to put behind all these factors and put up a spirited show against two-time champions KKR to make it to the final of IPL. Both teams won a game each against each other in the league stages.
The final of the tournament will be played on May 27 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Chennai Super Kings have already progressed to the final.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.