Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) was one of the weakest-looking squads on paper after the IPL Mega Auction 2022. SRH invested heavily in Indian youngsters like Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi. They are consistent but not always on the correct side.
They started the tournament with 2 losses on the trot and after that won 5 back-to-back games. However, they again went on a losing run and are now going through a run of 5 consecutive defeats.
The Kane Williamson-led side currently has 10 points in 12 games (5 wins and 7 losses). They have now slipped to the eighth spot in the points table. For them to qualify for playoffs, the Orange Army needs to win the remaining two games which will take them to 14 points, and just hope the result of other teams goes in their favor.
SRH Faces 5th Defeat On The Trot
Shreyas Iyer settled on a striking decision at the toss and chose to bat first and Kolkata figured out how to get an excellent score on the board with Andre Russell showing his strength in the last overs. Nonetheless, Kolkata was under the siphon most of the way during that innings yet Kane Williamson presumably made a mistake when he didn’t give Umran Malik a third over on the jog when he took three wickets in his initial two overs.
Kolkata kept the momentum of the first innings going on to the second innings and bowled firmly in the Powerplay. Russell indeed gave the main jolt to SRH and disposed of Kane Williamson and afterward, Southee got the big fish, Rahul Tripathi.
Narine was a little costly in his initial two overs as Abhishek Sharma chose to target him however Varun Chakravarthy was splendid and got the wicket of Sharma and with Markram getting dismissed in the fifteenth over, it was all Kolkata after that. Russell got done with three wickets and Southee with two to cover off an overwhelming execution.
Chances Of SRH Progressing To Playoffs Really Bleak
With their recent loss against KKR, their chances of a top-four finish are bleak now. Even if Sunrisers score 170 and win each of their last two games by 40 runs, their NRR will only improve to 0.056. Capitals will have to lose by around 48 runs for their NRR to drop below that.
It looks highly unlikely that Sunrisers will progress further in the tournament, but they could do worse than pull off a big win against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, and keep their slim hopes alive.
In short, the only scenario where SRH can qualify is to win both of its remaining games against MI and PBKS by a huge margin and hope that DC, RCB, and KKR face defeat in their respective games, that too by a big margin.