This is the last day of the group stage of Vivo IPL and we have 2 matches for this day. In the first match the former champions and the hosts will take on another former champions. Yes, it is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad and the most crucial match for Kolkata. Match will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Match will start at 3:30 PM Pakistan Standard time. Last time when these 2 teams played against each other it was Kolkata who won quite easily by 8 wickets against SRH.
Starting from the hosts who need one more victory with a good margin to go through the next round and they can’t even think about the defeat as it will surely send them out of the tournament. Kolkata so far have won 7 out of 13 matches and lost 6 and are at no 4 in the points table. Kolkata side have played this tournament quite well but the 2 consecutive losses against RCB and GL have on the panic button as they need a sure win to go through the next round. Kolkata biggest blow is the injury of Andre Russell who is one of the most brilliant and the main player of KKR. He is in the list of highest wicket taker and has won many matches with his batting. KKR will look at his injury as can play a very important role in the last match of KKR. Sunil Narine has done a nice job but so far we haven’t seen any of his magic with the ball as he was totally exposed in the match against RCB and GL. Captain Gautam Gambhir was scoring runs but now he is looking a bit rusty with the bat and he will have to play a very important role in this match. KKR have won against SRH and they can use this as a positive in the match.
Coming towards the SRH side who have qualified for the next round but still they need this victory to stay in the top 2 teams so that they can play qualifier 1. SRH has been the best side so far as they have won 8 out of 13 games and lost just 5. They are at the top of the group and they will surely wish to end the first round as the table toppers. The SRH biggest reason for the success is their captain who has scored absolutely well in the tournament and have scored a lot of runs in the tournament. He also has led his side extremely well and showed that he has skills to lead a side. SRH best thing is their bowling where almost all of their pacers have bowled wonderfully well and showed their class. Mustafizur Rahman was a class as he has troubled the batsmen most and is one of the best bowler in this tournament so far. Now SRH have won match against KKR and they have lost the previous one so they will surely look to win this match.
Match will be at Kolkata and the pitch will be a batting heaven as it is a day match. There is no rain forecast in Eden Gardens.