With RCB out of contention,Few teams can have sigh of relief.Even RR bagged two points against RCB ,they run rate could play spoilsport for them. Especially for KKR, they could make it to play off even they lose this closely.
Can number one team in points end the league with a win?
SRH might have ended the league at top position, they lost their way at the end. It could be blessing in disguise for them if the check few more boxes before entering in to finals. Manish Pandey has found some shape in last game against RCB. But his partnership with Kane Williamson couldnt present his team a win.SRH fell short of 14 runs while chasing a mamoth total of 217 runs.
Can KKR seal play off berth like CSK and SRH?
Unlike RR, KKR can seal play offs unconditionally if they win against SRH. They even have a chance to end up in top two if CSK lose their next game. This match will test leadership ability of Dinesh karthik. His first challenge would be shortlisting final XI. We can assume he will play with unchanged side by his unwillingness to change playing XI throughout the tournament.
If KKR play with same side. Their major Tash would be using Shivam manvi. He has bee vulnerable at times. Fortunately for KKR kuldeep Yadab ha returned to form just before the play offs. Though Chris Lynn is his unconventional cticket, he is doing enough job to take KKR over the line.
At this venue it’s even Stevens for both the teams. both the teams have won two games each.
Shikhar Dhawan is lowest against KKR. This is his best chance repair at as he will not be playing under pressure.
Alex Hales to score century.
ManishPandey to bat up the order.
Basil Thampi to be replaced by Bhuvaneswar Kumar.