KKR vs SRH preview: Knight Riders aim for top 2 finish, Sunrisers in hunt for play-off berth

Written by PTI | Kolkata | Updated: May 24 2014, 15:09pm hrs
Buoyed by a record-levelling sixth win on the trot and the confirmation of their place in the playoffs, Kolkata will now gun for a top-two finish when they take on a resurgent Hyderabad on Saturday.

In a season reminiscent of their triumphant 2012 campaign, KKR have emerged as the team to beat with some clinical performances, be it against formidable two-time former champions CSK or a misfiring Royal Challengers Bangalore.

For KKR, the challenge from here on would be to continue their great run, while Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to keep their playoff hopes alive in the concluding league match.

Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down Chennai Super Kings' 186 with six wickets and two balls to spare last night for a second consecutive win. The brightest star in KKR's campaign has been India discard Robin Uthappa, who has emerged as a frontrunner for the England-bound squad. Meanwhile, Sunil Narine continues to fox the opposition batsmen with his guile to remain their best trump card.

The duo have been the backbone of KKR's batting and bowling respectively but one cannot discount the performances of Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav and skipper Gautam Gambhir himself.

It was, however, an ominous start for KKR after they lost four matches in a row while chasing but Gambhir and Co shed the chokers' tag in style winning five in a row batting second. While Uthappa dons the Orange Cap with 572 runs from 13 matches, Narine has the Purple Cap jointly with Bhuvneshwar with 20 wickets each.

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