Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to keep it simple. With 15 points from 13 matches, they must beat Gujarat Lions to make sure they qualify for the playoffs. A win will give them an outside chance of making the top two, and avoiding the eliminator. Even if they lose, they can go through if Kings XI Punjab (14 points from 13 games) lose their final game to Rising Pune Supergiant.
The Green Park stadium in Kanpur was in the news for all the wrong reasons yesterday amid allegations of match-fixing and pitch tampering. The ground that made its IPL debut last season is the second home venue of the Gujarat Lions and looks to be loaded with runs.
It has hosted one game this season, a high-scoring one between DD and GL.
Put into bat, Gujarat amassed a huge 195 for five before Delhi courtesy of Shreyas Iyer's 57-ball 96 pulled off a stunning run chase to win by two wickets with two balls to spare.
Sunrisers crushed Gujarat by nine wickets in their first match earlier in the tournament in Hyderabad. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid mesmerised the Lions, claiming three for 19 to restrict the visitors to 135. David Warner smashed a quickfire 76 not out from 45 balls and Moises Henriques an unbeaten 52 to take the reigning champions to an emphatic victory, with 27 balls to spare.
It would take one hell of an effort from the struggling Lions to upstage Sunrisers, whom they are yet to beat in th...