Sunrisers aim to seal playoff berth

SRH will lock horns with GT in Hyderabad. (Source:

With the race for the playoffs heating up in the ongoing IPL, the focus is squarely on securing crucial wins rather than dwelling on past performances. Sunrisers Hyderabad enter this game with a strong chance of making it to the playoffs, but they must maintain their recent form to ensure a smooth passage. Gujarat Titans will look to play spoilsport in SRH’s quest for a playoff spot.

Having bounced back from three losses in four matches, Sunrisers delivered a dominant performance against Lucknow Super Giants in their latest fixture, clinching victory by 10 wickets. Buoyed by the success, they seek to extend their winning streak and secure a place in the top four. With just one point needed for qualification, Sunrisers eye another win to solidify their playoff berth. 

Throughout the season, Sunrisers have showcased their ability to pull off remarkable victories, but they have also suffered heavy defeats, including against GT, where they suffered a seven-wicket loss earlier in the competition.

The success of Sunrisers heavily depends on the performance of their opening pair, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, who could either excel or disappoint. Given their important role, it’s imperative that they replicate their recent strong performance in the upcoming game. Sunrisers’ prospects of victory largely rest on the effectiveness of these two players. 

Sunrisers’ strategy revolves around aggressive batting, especially during the Powerplay overs. However, their dependency on early partnerships can become a liability if they lose quick wickets or if the opposition gains momentum. 

Concerns loom over the form of their middle-order batters, with only Heinrich Klaasen showing consistency. And even he has faced challenges in recent matches, falling prey to opposing teams’ tactics. Klaasen has been dismissed four times out of eight against spin in this IPL. The emergence of Nitish Reddy has added some balance, but success will depend on collective efforts from players like Klaasen, Abdul Samad and others.

GT boast a formidable bowling line-up for the middle overs, spearheaded by Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmed, and Mohit Sharma. How Sunrisers navigate through these quality bowlers will be crucial. While GT lack a dominant new ball pair, the recent performances of Umesh Yadav and Sandeep Warrier have shown promise. However, their inconsistency remains a concern, which Head and Abhishek will seek to exploit.

In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s resurgence comes as a huge boost for Sunrisers. Initially going wicketless in the first three matches, Kumar has staged a remarkable comeback, claiming six wickets in the last three games. It looks like he has regained his rhythm and confidence, consistently swinging the new ball and proving his effectiveness in the death overs as well. Against GT, the medium pacer will aim to carry forward the momentum. Should he succeed, Sunrisers stand a strong chance of gaining an upper hand in the match.

It’s been a topsy-turvy ride for the Orange Army so far, but now they are at such a stage where they cannot afford any slip-ups. They need to bring their A-game to beat GT.

GT toppled Chennai Super Kings and they can do the same with Sunrisers, but it will take a lot from their players to do that.