Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (captain), Rahul Tripathi, Aden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Shashank Singh, Washington Sunder, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Sam Billings (wicket keeper), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakraborty
There were two changes in the Kolkata final squad. Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury and will be replaced by Sam Billings. Sheldon Jackson was replaced by Umesh Yadav. Along with fast bowler Natarajan and spin all-rounder Washington Sundar, Jansen made his re-entry into the final squad.
The Kolkata team, which has played 12 matches in the latest season, has won just five matches. The team must win today’s match to stay in the playoffs race. Hyderabad, who have already beaten Kolkata Knight Riders once in the latest season, are eager to show the same momentum in today’s match. Sunrisers are 7th in the points table while Kolkata are 8th. What if Kolkata loses this match? The team will officially exit the playoffs race.
In the IPL, Sunrisers and Kolkata clashed in 22 matches. Kolkata team won 14 matches and Hyderabad won 8 matches. The Sunrisers chased down the Knight Riders’ 176-run target last month, losing 3 wickets in 17.5 overs.