Sunrisers Hyderabad being the hottest team in this year’s IPL and riding a five-match winning streak is now becoming a distant memory. And that’s because that winning streak has been immediately followed by four straight defeats.
This change in fortunes means that while at one point Hyderabad making the playoffs was thought of as a certainty, they now have a fight on their hands to do the same.
With the round-robin stage heading towards its conclusion, Hyderabad are two spots off the last playoff position and could potentially be demoted further if Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by a healthy margin tonight.
The extra game in hand, however, gives them an edge, albeit a slim one.
While four defeats on the bounce is a big concern in itself, the manner of their last defeat should be making Hyderabad faithful more nervous. Their beloved team was able to muster just 125 runs in reply to Bangalore’s 192 on Sunday. This is not the kind of game and form one should be showing at this end of the season.
Kolkata Knight Riders
For Kolkata, the situation is even more stark. While Hyderabad may have a bit of a room to falter, Kolkata just can’t. If they lose this one, their already slim playoff hopes would end.
With that being the bad news, the good thing is that they have won two of their last three. The one they lost in that sequence was a very bad defeat: a 75-run shellacking at the hands of Lucknow Super Giants, against whom they got bundled out for a mere 101.
Another bad news for Kolata is that their Australian superstar Pat Cummins has left the tournament due to a hip injury and will not return.