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IPL: KKR take on Hyderabad in must-win game (Preview)

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Eying a play-off berth, (KKR) will have their task cut out when they take on already-qualified table-toppers (SRH) in a crucial (IPL) game at the here on Saturday.

KKR are placed third in the points table with seven wins in 13 outings. The Dinesh Karthik-led side will have to win to inch closer to a knockout spot.

Alongwith SRH, second placed Chennai Super Kings are already in the play-offs.

SRH will come into the clash on the back of a 14-run defeat to Royal Challengers in a high-scoring match on Thursday night.

Led by whose rousing 81 off 42 balls -- his eighth fifty-plus score in IPL 2018 -- almost won the game for SRH despite the stiff target of 219 set by Virat Kohli's RCB, the batting clicked last night but their famed took a beating.A

The hosts will be eager to correct the flaws as they brace up to face another tough opposition.

SRH are likely to ring in a couple of changes and pacer Basil Thampi, who on Thursday bowled the most expensive four overs in the history of IPL, could be one of the axed players.

Thampi leaked 70 runs in his full quota of four overs, surpassing the previous record held by Ishant Sharma.

opener Shikhar Dhawan missed out against RCB and will be keen to get a big one against the KKR.

Manish Pandey, notched a half century against RCB and will look to continue in the same vein.

SRH rested pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar against RCB. Kumar could be back for the KKR game alongside Rashid Khan, and

For the visitors, chinaman bowler will be high on confidence after his career-best 4/20 against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in their last game.

The likes of Chris Lynn, and will hold the key to fortunes.

Squads:

SRH: (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T. Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, and

KKR: (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi,

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 14:08 IST
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