About the Match
The Hurricanes defeated Tridents to clinch the semi-final spot against KKR that will be held on 2nd Oct at Hyderabad; the bowlers from down under ensured that the opponents were restricted to a low total, which was then successfully chased by the batsmen to win the match by 6 wickets. KKR had reserved their semi-final berth last week itself when they defeated Scorchers on 24th Sep and were waiting to find out who their opponents will be. The contest will be a fierce one as the Hurricanes are a worthy side who deserve to reach this stage after putting in their stupendous efforts; on the other hand KKR has been on a roll right through the series, winning 13 consecutive games. It will be a tough match but the side that can put its best foot forward in crucial situations will emerge victorious at the end of the day.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Choosing to bat first against Dolphins in the last match, Robin Utthappa once again displayed finesse in his batting skills as he posted 85 off 55 balls and partnered along with Manish Pandey to put up a 153-run stand for the 3rd wicket. Pandey, who scored a commendable 76 off 47 balls, is in very good form and forms a strong pillar coming in at the middle order. While Kallis hasn’t been lucky yet to get the runs flowing, Gambhir who had performed well against Scorchers, wasn’t able to contribute much in the last game; they need to step up and help the youngsters build strong foundations. In the bowling front, Sunil Narine continues to deliver consistently and will be the pillar of the squad when it comes to getting regular wickets; Kuldeep Yadav has been in excellent form and the team expects him to perform once again. Chawla, Russell and Pathan are giving good support with their bowling skills and can throw in surprises for the opponents. Overall, the team is eager to continue with its winning momentum and will be a formidable force to reckon with.
Doherty took 4 wickets giving away just 27 runs against Tridents to give them hope for making it this stage and the other bowlers gave good support to ensure they succeeded in their mission. Hilfenhaus with a figure of 2-14 was the most economical and helped in restricting the opponents to a lowly 113 runs, along with Bollinger’s contribution of 2 wickets; the batsmen achieved the target with more than an over to spare though with some hiccups on the way. Shoaib Malik scored a well-made 39 off 35 balls to steer the team to a win; however, Dunk’s dismissal in the very first over caused a few worries before the smooth sailing started. Blizzard has been performing well and he blasted away 21 runs from 24 deliveries in the last match; Jonathan Wells was once again handy as he chipped in with 23 runs to take the team safely home. While the bowlers are in their peak and have been winning matches for them, it’s time for the batsmen also to pull up their socks and come out all guns blazing against KKR in the upcoming crucial match if they want to make it to the finals.
While the Hurricanes will be a strong force to overcome especially with their bowlers performing exceedingly well, KKR has the advantage of playing in known territories and are much better placed to emerge victorious.
Kolkata Knight Riders, 1.53 @ TitanBet