2016 IPL Qualifier II: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Lions

May 27, 2016 by Posted in Cricket Tips

IPL Qualifier IIThe 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) will find the second finalist on Friday 27 May as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Gujarat Lions (GL) battle it out at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. The winner gets a chance to fight out for the IPL crown against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday 29 May.

The Gujarat Lions topped the table after the qualifying group phase but lost in the first qualifier to RCB. Consistency in the group phases has given them a second chance to make it to the final. SRH on the other hand made it to this qualifier after knocking out Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the eliminator.

Gujarat have been one of the most consistent sides of this year IPL. The performances of Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina at the top gave them good starts more often than not. The presence of Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik adds meat to their middle order.

But it is the performance of Dwayne Smith that had been the difference for them in the last couple of games. The West Indian has shone with both bat and ball and will once again be key for them. Dhawal Kulkarni, Dwayne Bravo and Praveen Kumar have also been frugal with the ball.

SRH topped the league phase for most of the season only to lose it on the last day. They compensated it with a win against KKR in the eliminator and look to have snatched back the momentum for this crucial encounter. David Warner is leading from the front while Yuvraj Singh seems to have struck form at the right time.

It is with the ball that SRH have an edge with Mustafizur Rahman and Bhuvneswar Kumar reveling in their roles. The addition of Ben Cutting seems to have given them an extra edge and it is only in the spin department that they have a weak link, if any.

It looks to be a direct shootout between Gujarat batting and SRH bowling. This battle will go a long way in determining the winner. The venue is one of the biggest in the IPL and will be difficult to play once the ball gets older. Gujarat seems to have a slight edge but Hyderabad could surprise them in this encounter. Back SRH at odds of $2.00 at Sportsbet to come out trumps. With the bat, back Warner to be among runs for Hyderabad while Bhuvneswar could once again be their top bowler.

The second qualifier of the 2016 Indian Premier League promises to be a close encounter. Who will earn the right to challenge RCB in the final?

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