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Kolkata and Hyderabad gear up for IPL 2024 qualification showdown


The stage is set for an epic battle in Ahmedabad as Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad gear up for a direct qualification to the final on the line. Both sides finished in the top two positions in the group stages and will be battling hard to bounce back strongly from their ordinary campaigns last year.

For KKR, led competently by Shreyas Iyer, a fifth title is well within sight this season after dominating for large parts of the tournament. Dynamic all-round displays from Andre Russell and clever spin options including Sunil Narine have powered their surge, while youngsters like Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rinku Singh have impressed too.

Hyderabad under Pat Cummins has rebuilt swiftly after some early struggles. Travis Head has led the run charts marvelously while -class bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan have hunted in pairs. Abdul Samad's finishing abilities combined with Shahbaz Ahmed's craft have balanced their skilled middle order well.

The stats highlight a close rivalry between these sides historically. KKR have won slightly more encounters but Hyderabad took the previous playoff clash. Conditions in Ahmedabad generally aid the seamers initially before assisting the spinners as the pitch dims.

forecasts suggest no rain interruptions with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius. That clears the way for an absorbing battle where small margins will define the victors. Key performers on either side like Russell and Head could make the difference in settling a high-stakes Qualifier 1.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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