Yuvraj Singh and Dvaid Warner have played vital roles taking SRH to playoffs © AFP
Yuvraj Singh and Dvaid Warner have played vital roles taking SRH to playoffs © AFP

Ahead of the Eliminator clash in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Ricky Ponting has remarked that players like David Warner, Yuvraj Singh and Shikhar Dhawan fill up the experience quotient in SRH. The Hyderabad franchise are the defending champions but failed to qualify among the top two, making the Eliminator their do-or-die chance to reach the final of the tournament. SRH finished third in the IPL 2017 points table after group stage and will be meeting KKR, the fourth team in the table, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore for the Eliminator on Wednesday evening. Full Cricket Scorecard: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 2017, Eliminator at Bengaluru

Talking the team’s key strengths, Ponting told cricket.com.au, “Sunrisers have built and built, and they’re playing their best cricket now. I’d rather be in that camp rather than a team that had a lost a few going into the finals. Whether they planned that or not … but they’ve got a lot of experience in Warner, (Yuvraj) Singh, Shikhar Dhawan. Even Rashid Khan has come in and done really well for them. They’ve got most bases covered. Moises [Henriques] has probably been that little bit of glue … they’re a really well balanced team.” However, there are doubts about Yuvraj’s availability for the crucial match due to his finger injury.

Warner’s SRH won eight of their 14 matches in the group stage, including a dominant victory over KKR powered by a stellar show from skipper David Warner. The final of IPL 2017 will be played at SRH’s den, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.