KKR would aim for a win here and keep their clean sheet at the playoffs © AFP
KKR would aim for a win here and keep their clean sheet at the playoffs © AFP

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on former champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in Eliminator of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 playoffs, at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday. SRH, who finished third in the table were in contention for the playoffs, following a sudden improved performance at the later stage of the league, as they also aim to win their second Eliminator in the history, having lost their previous appearance. KKR, on the other hand, managed to finish at the fourth spot, as they would aim for a win here and keep their clean sheet at the playoffs, as they play their first ever Eliminator. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016 playoffs, Eliminator at Delhi

Both the teams played their last game against each other, incidentally, as it more or less turned out to be a warm-up game before their Eliminator. However, either of the teams had any idea that they would be facing each other in the playoffs. Nevertheless, it was an intense tie; KKR turned up with a mission as it was a must-win tie, and with a 22-run win they sealed their playoffs spot. KKR have previously made it to the playoffs on two occasions, where they played the Qualifier 1 and on both occasions they made it to the final and won the title. SRH’s only playoffs appearance was few years ago, where they lost to Rajasthan Royals (RR). FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016 playoffs, Eliminator at Delhi

With the game being held at Delhi, it is likely to remain slightly on the slower side, as the sides could move in with a bowling dominated side. Also, the short boundaries could work in favour of the batsmen to some extent, which puts KKR on the top on both aspects. As for SRH, it would be interesting to see how Warner, Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh capitalise, while KKR with a settled side, in both batting and bowling, definitely have the upper hand.  Nevertheless, with the game being an Eliminator, both the teams would fight it out until the end, and it indeed makes this a thriller to watch out for.

Squads:

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha (wk), Parvez Rasool, Ricky Bhui, Shikhar Dhawan, Siddharth Kaul, David Warner (c), Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Deepak Hooda, Mustafizur Rahman, Aditya Tare (wk), Barinder Singh Sran, Ben Cutting, Vijay Shankar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Tirumalsetti Suman.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Gautam Gambhir (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sheldon Jackson (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan. Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Shaun Tait, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.