Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

IPL 2017 Qualifier 2

The Knight Riders have lost four matches out of their last five matches. With low-scoring games on hard pitches, whenever the overs are reduced, the team batting second will always have an edge because they stand a far lower chance of being bowled out, so they can stay a lot more relaxed. "We have to come to the ground with a positive frame of mind thinking that there will be 40 overs of play", he said.

"We just wanted to try something different by batting first today and it did not pay off. Batting second was much easier, but 138 is too less". Some thunderstorms are expected in the city on Wednesday evening. If you don't take wickets, it's always going to be hard.

But Shankar was out soon with Coulter-Nile taking his wicket only to pull off a superb catch off his own bowling to sent Chris Jordan back in the hut for a golden duck.

Given that the chasing team has ten wickets in both cases, getting 48 in six overs is an indisputably more straightforward ask than getting 129 in 20.

The IPL 2017 regulations state that if a knockout game is washed out, the team that finished higher in the league stage will be declared the victor. So, the team tested themselves unfortunately, it helps them to play against Mumbai Indians. On Wednesday, the six-over chase began just after 12.50 am. On the other hand, MI were dominated by RPS in the first qualifier, forced to have a second go to reach the finals.

Speaking of the possibility of a reserve day next season, Rajiv Shukla said, according to the Times of India: "The late-night finishes are a concern. We will definitely talk about it", Shukla told The Indian Express.

Considering what is at stake, and the talent at both teams' disposal, all signs point to Qualifier 2 being an IPL 2017 playoff match to savour, even if weather and a not-exactly-suited-for-the-T20-format pitch might dampen the mood a little. Kallis in his column in the Times of India said, "It was truly insane to see the winning runs hit at 1.30 in the morning".

Sunrisers Hyderabad have played good cricket through the season, but a fair assessment would be that they have not played their best cricket yet.

Given they have confidence, impetus and a core of players who know what it takes to win this competition-Gambhir, Uthappa, Narine and Pathan were all champions with Kolkata in 2014-they will have just enough to get through this one. En route, the team has had injury worries; Robin Uthappa missed a couple of matches, while Nathan Coulter-Nile has missed the team's last three outings.

Only Chennai Super Kings in 2009 (vs Kings XI Punjab), Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015 (vs Kolkata Knight Riders!) and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016 (vs Kings XI Punjab) have registered a win batting first in IPL matches where D/L method was applie.

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