What a performance from RCB in Qualifier 1! Now that you know how the IPL Playoffs work and that RCB is already in the IPL Finals, it’s going to be a scrap to the bitter end for the other three teams. The first knock-out game of the Playoffs, the ominously named “Eliminator” will be played on Wednesday between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Kolkata Knightriders, who placed 3rd and 4th in the league stage respectively. It’s SRH v KKR – time to do or die!
The Teams: After being on top of the league table for the longest time, SRH now face possible elimination against the team that denied them the top spot in the league last Sunday. Warner has been spectacular throughout the tournament and Dhawan has also stepped up in the latter stages but SRH will want Kane Williamson and Yuvi to come good in the unfamiliar environs of the playoffs. Nehra ji is out with injury so Warner will have to rely on the other SRH seamers (Bhuvi, Sran and Mustafizur) to blast their way through KKR’s line-up. KKR, on the other hand, are not new to the playoff stages of the IPL and have even won the whole show twice before. Yusuf Pathan has been their stand-out performer this season and their chances could be greatly boosted with the return from injury of their main man, Andre Russell. Gautam Gambhir will be itching to have another crack at Virat Kohli’s RCB. Things could get spicy!
The Venue: The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. This ground historically favours the chasing team. The last game played here was 20 days ago when DD took on RPS and both teams scored in excess of 160. The pitch favours spin – KKR’s spinners will already be flexing their fingers in anticipation!
Who will win the Eliminator?
- SRH (54%, 15 Votes)
- KKR (46%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 28
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