IPL 2024 - Qualifier 1 (KKR vs SRH )

Month-long IPL league matches are now over. IPL is in the conclusion phase. The playoff team has been decided. The top 4 teams are available for the playoffs; the other 6 are disqualified. Among these four teams, the top two teams will play in the qualifier. And those who win directly pass the route to the final. The one who loses has to wait to play against the winner of the other two teams' match. It is going to be an eliminator. Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are the top two teams. And now they are going to play the qualifier. This is an important and interesting match to watch. Here are the details of this match. This will help you to understand all about this KKR vs SRH qualifier match. 

Time and venue 

This qualifier is going to be played on 21st May at 7.30 PM. The venue is set at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad (Gujarat). This is an important match for both teams as winning in this match gives you a direct entry to the final. So both teams will try to win this match. This stadium is known for its high crowd and enthusiastic crowd. So this match is going to be a good watch. 

What does this qualifier mean? 

IPL has set rules for the top two teams, they have to play the qualifier, those who win move to the final and the loser gets another chance to be in the final. They have to play the winners of the other two teams' matches. So the top two teams get an extra opportunity to be the finalists. Let's check out the form of both teams in this IPL season. 

Both teams form in this IPL 

This IPL witnessed superb innings from both Kolkata knight riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both teams are playing wonderfully. SRH has surprised everyone this year by scoring higher High in every match. For Kolkata, it is a one-sided season they have played like a boss. And for many of us, they are favorites for this year's IPL trophy. However, SRH is an equal competitor and a good team. 

KKR vs SRH so far in IPL history 

Kolkata and SRH faced each other several times in the IPL. A total of 26 matches were played between both of them. The knight riders lead the head-to-head by a huge difference. In these matches 17 were won by Kolkata and Hyderabad won only 9 matches. This is enough to prove why Kolkata is called a playoff favorite. Even in this IPL, both have played a league match against each other. Kolkata won this match by 4 runs. So it is interesting to watch what strategy SRH used against KKR to win this match. For KKR it is not going to be easy to pass this match. So both teams will try to perform well and win this match. 

Playoffs records of KKR and SRH 

KKR is the team that won this IPL trophy 2 times. They have won in 2012 and 2014. Talking about the playoffs they have been qualifying for many years. The last time they qualified for playoffs was in 2021. They qualified for playoffs in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2016, 2017, and 2021. This time KKR will try to convert this playoff into a final by winning this match. 

For SRH it is the first time after 2020 that SRH is in the playoffs. They qualified for playoffs in 2013, 2016, 2017,2018, 2019 and 2020. Even SRH has won the IPL trophy in 2016. Talking about the playoffs match against KKR, and SRH leading the table. They both have played three times in the playoffs against each other. And in this match, SRH led by 2-1. So it may be a mistake to understand SRH as a weak team against KKR. Both teams are equally competitive against each other. 

Players to look in this KKR vs SRH match

Sunrisers players are worth watching for this match. Their batsmen including Travis Head, Heinrich Klaasen, and Abhishek Sharma are playing superb innings in every match. This match may also witness a super innings from these three trio. The bowling department is all about T Natrajan and Pat Cummins leading the team from the bowling side. If these players will show good innings then SRH may get a good chance of being in the final. 

The Kolkata Knight Riders batting lineup is doing well. All-rounder Sunil Narine and Philip Salt are justifying their role in the batting side. They are boosting the team's score in every match. The bowling department is looking at Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, and the talented allrounder Sunil Narine. These all are the best players on the team. They can help KKR to win this upcoming qualifier match. 

Expected Playing 11

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma,  Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pat Cummins (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar,  Nitish Kumar Reddy, T Natarajan, Rahul Tripathi, Sanvir Singh, Vijaykanth Vijaykanth 

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Shreyas Iyer(C), Rinku Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Andre Russell, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy, Suyash Sharma, Phil Salt (WK), Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer 

Fantasy playing 11 

Captain: Abhishek Sharma or Travis Head 

Vice-captain: Sunil Narine or Abhishek Sharma 

Wicketkeepers: Heinrich Klaasen

Batsmen: Travis Head, Shreyas Iyer, Abhishek Sharma

All-rounders: Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine. 

Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Concluding the above 

Who can be the winner in this upcoming qualifier? According to the experts and content floating on the internet. There is high support for KKR. However, SRH is also a favorite candidate. All in all, no one can guess exactly who can win this match. However, for the top two teams, the winner directly passes into the final and the loser also gets a chance to be the finalist. We hope KKR can be the possible winner for this match, we are saying it just because of their current form. So stay tuned for the match and enjoy this qualifier. 

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