KKR aim for hat-trick of wins against SRH
With their morale on the upswing after back-to-back victories, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to continue the winning ways when they take on the inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their fifth IPL cricket match on Wednesday.india Updated: Apr 22, 2015 15:01 IST
With their morale on the upswing after back-to-back victories, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to continue the winning ways when they take on the inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their fifth IPL cricket match on Wednesday.
The Gautam Gambhir-led KKR's most recent win came on Monday against the Delhi Daredevils, a result which took them to fourth position in the points table with three wins and just one loss so far.
Hyderabad, on the other hand, lost to Delhi in their previous encounter and are currently lying sixth on the table with three losses and a single win.
The defeat against Delhi was morale-crushing to say the least, given that Hyderabad fell short by a mere four runs.
Considering the situation that the team is currently in, the SRH think-tank has much to sort out in the line-up which relies heavily on foreign imports as far as impact players are concerned.
Their batting seems fragile if the opening duo of skipper David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan fail to give a good start.
Hyderabad's bowling is spearheaded by South African star Dale Steyn and a lot would depend on what he can extract from his four overs along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
KKR, meanwhile, have been performing quite well and in the previous match, it was the bowling which did the job for the title-holders.
The pace duo of Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel combined well to restrict Delhi and made the job easy for the team's batsmen.
Later, Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan ensured a reasonably smooth chase and an easy win for the side. Given the current form of the two teams, KKR would start as favourites but if impact players such as Warner or Steyn strike form, there could well be an upset.
First Published: Apr 22, 2015 14:57 IST