IPL 2016 Eliminator : Unimpressive KKR and Surgical SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad are through to the 2nd Qualifier where they will meet the Gujarat Lions tomorrow. Last night in the IPL 2016 Eliminator, SRH put up a tactical and spirited performance against an unimpressive and slightly confused KKR unit at the Feroz Shah Kotla to win the match by 22 runs. The Kolkata outfit looked completely out of shape in a chase of 163, and their selection indicated loss of composure in the team management at the business end of the tournament. We take a look at the key points that can be taken home from yesterday’s match.

IPL 2016 Eliminator

Poor team selection by KKR in a crunch game

Right from the outset, it seemed as if KKR were destined to lose the game! They included an untried R Sathish in the batting order and excluded an in-form and crucial break-through taker Shakib Al Hasan to draft in Morne Morkel. Even though several theories have come up to justify such selection, none of them are even remotely convincing. To add to the misery, Sathish was promoted in the batting order and sent ahead of power hitter Jason Holder after the fall of the 5th wicket, when KKR still had a good chance of winning the game. Surely, there were many things that suggested KKR’s lack of enthusiasm in the match, and a number of ardent fans have pointed this out.

Sunrisers bowling unit stood up yet again

The bowling unit has been SRH’s strength throughout this IPL season. And, in a knock out match, it same to the party yet again. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran and Mustafizur Rahman proved too difficult to get away with, while Ben Cutting and Moises Henriques chipped in with 3 wickets in 6 overs between them. This gave no room to the powerful KKR batting unit, which struggled to deal with the pinpoint accuracy of the SRH batsmen. To add to that, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa could not come up with a good opening partnership, and this had a direct bearing on the run chase.

IPL 2016 Eliminator : Full Scorecard 

Next match : Sunrisers Hyderabad v Gujarat Lions (Qualifier 2) on May 27

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