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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders: The road to IPL 2017 eliminator

Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 16, 2017 20:22 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Shikhar Dhawan will play a major role for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL 2017 eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shikhar Dhawan will play a major role for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL 2017 eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders.(PT)

Kolkata Knight Riders face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Both the teams enjoyed a good run of form in the group stages and here’s a look at how they got through to the eliminator of the tournament. (IPL COVERAGE)

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Kolkata Knight Riders started the tournament in fine style; winning four out of their first five games before they slumped to defeat against Gujarat Lions. However, they bounced back in style, first by decimating Royal Challengers Bangalore by skittling them out for 49 at home before chasing down the mammoth 183-run target set by Rising Pune Supergiant at the MCA Stadium to emerge as a team that can adapt well to conditions and produce an all-round show.

Big performances: If there was one prediction that no one would have put their money on before the start of the IPL, it had to be on Sunil Narine scoring the fastest half-century. Also, another would be the strong Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up getting bundled for the lowest score in the history of the IPL. Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme and Nathan Coulter-Nile wreaked havoc on the night to give a glimpse of the sensational pace battery the former champions possess.

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Kolkata Knight Riders

April 7: Beat Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets

April 9: Lost to Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets

April 13: Beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

April 15: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs

April 17: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 4 wickets

April 21: Lost to Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets

April 23: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 82 runs

April 26: Beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 7 wickets

April 28: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 wickets

April 30: Lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 runs

May 3: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 4 wickets

May 7: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets

May 9: Lost to Kings XI Punjab by 14 runs

May 13: Lost to Mumbai Indians by 9 runs

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SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Sunrisers Hyderabad were always a formidable side but the defending champions failed to take the IPL by storm despite winning their first two games. The lacked consistency in their performances even though the opening pair of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan had been firing in unison. However, they soon got their team composure and registered a hat-trick of wins to climb up the table momentarily. The two successive 200+ scores against Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders helped them better their net run-rate as well.

Big performances: The aggressive opening pair of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have produced a number of brilliant performances for their side upfront, including the skipper hitting a scintillating ton against Kolkata Knight Riders. The chemistry between the two to don the attacking role while the other holds himself back has worked wonders for their side. In the bowling department as well, the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar-Siraj-Kaul has managed to keep runs in check at the death with the India international’s fifer against Kings XI Punjab capping off the brilliance.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad

April 5: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs

April 9: Beat Gujrat Lions by 9 wickets

April 12: Lost to Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets

April 15: Lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 17 runs

April 17: Beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 runs

April 19: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs

April 22: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 6 wickets

April 25: Match abandoned against Royal Challengers Bangalore without a ball bowled

April 28: Beat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs

April 30: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 48 runs

May 2: Lost to Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets

May 6: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 12 runs

May 8: Beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

May 13: Beat Gujarat Lions by 8 wickets