Sunrisers finished in the third position of the IPL 2020 points table with 14 points from 14 matches. They won seven matches and lost seven matches. They finished on level terms with RCB but were ahead on the net run rate. They managed to beat RCB in the Eliminator but went on to lose the 2nd Qualifier against the Delhi Capitals. They have retained most of their core players like David Warner, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar etc. They have released just a few players like Sanjay Yadav, B Sandeep, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Yarra Prithviraj. They had a decent auction as they bought Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. They have also brought in Jason Roy as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh. In the last season, David Warner was the leading run-scorer for the Sunrisers as he scored 548 runs in just 16 matches at an average of 39.14. Rashid Khan was the team’s leading wicket-taker with 20 wickets. They will be looking to go one step better than last season.
Kolkata Knight Riders finished at the fifth position of the IPL points table with 14 points from 14 matches. They had won seven matches and lost seven matches. They finished in level terms with the Sunrisers and Royal Challengers but failed to better their net run-rate than at least one of the teams. So they couldn’t make it to the playoffs last season. They have retained most of their key players like Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russel and Shubman Gill. While they have released Tom Banton, Chris Green, Siddesh Lad, Nikhil Naik and Siddarth. They have got Shakib Al Hasan, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Sheldon Jackson, Pawan Negi, Venkatesh Iyer and Vaibhav Arora in the IPL auction. Shubman Gill was the leading run-scorer for the Knight Riders as he scored 440 runs at an average of 33.84 from 14 matches. Their skipper Eoin Morgan also chipped in with over 400 runs for his side. Courtesy of a five-fer, Varun Chakravarthy was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament for KKR with 17 wickets in just 13 matches. No other KKR bowler could break into the top 15 wicket-takers list.