Kolkata vs Hyderabad Final Match IPL 2024 Preview

Kolkata vs Hyderabad Final Match

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) — the most awaited final match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 takes place at  MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai  (also known as the Chepauk Stadium) on May 26, starting at 07:30 pm IST.

SRH, despite losing to KKR in the Qualifier 1 round, made use of the valuable opportunity to enter the finals by defeating RR by 36 runs in the Qualifier 2 round.

The Sunrisers will once again lock horns with the mighty Knight Riders, but this time it is the grand finale, and fans can expect a massive battle to witness between the two batting powerhouses. Both these teams may continue with the same list of playing XI and impact players.

In the IPL 2012 finals, Kolkata Knight Riders triumphed against Chennai Super Kings at the same venue to claim their maiden title. Fans expect KKR to turn back the clock and once again become the defending champions.

In this preview, we will analyze the performances of KKR and SRH by evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Also, scrutinizing the head-to-head stats helps you predict the upcoming match’s winner. Moreover, it is expected that the match will be conducted on the same pitch used recently for the Qualifier 2 round. Based on the weather conditions, both the team skipper will have a unique approach to decide after winning the toss.

Kolkata vs Hyderabad: Performance Analysis

KKR and SRH have exhibited contrasting performances in the IPL 2024 season so far and let’s compare their areas of strengths and weaknesses in detail:

1. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):

Shreyas Iyer’s led Kolkata Knight Riders has been a dominant team that entertained fans throughout the season so far. A strong batting and bowling performance propelled KKR to enter the playoffs as the table toppers and secure a berth directly into the finals by securing a thumping victory against SRH in Qualifier 1 by 8 wickets.

STRENGTHS:

  • Sunil Narine: As an opening batter, Sunil Narine has been the pillar of his team and scored 482 runs in 13 innings. His aggressive approach in the powerplay is a treat for all fans to watch.
  • Iyer’s Partnership: The combination of Venkatesh Iyer and Shreyas Iyer has proven to be destructive in many matches. Especially, the 97-run stand between Venkatesh (*57 runs) and Shreyas (*58 runs) in Qualifier 1, guided KKR to a comfortable chase by scoring 164-2 in just 13.4 overs.  
  • Best Finishers Combination: KKR has a set of the best finishers namely Rinku Singh, Andre Russell and Ramandeep Singh, who can target the death overs to accumulate huge runs for their team.
  • Mitchell Starc’s comeback: The Aussie pace bowler Mitchell Starc made a comeback in the Qualifier 1 match to prove his worth as the costliest IPL player. He took 3 wickets by conceding 34 runs in 4 overs.
  • Ability to Chase Targets: In this season, KKR hasn’t lost even a single match while chasing targets.

WEAKNESSES:

  • Imperfect Opening Combination: Ever since Phil Salt returned to England, KKR hasn’t been able to find a perfect opening pair along with Sunil Narine. Also, Rahmanullah Gurbaz can’t maintain a consistent opening partnership.
  • Average bowling in 2nd innings: At times, opponent teams find it easy to chase targets against KKR due to their average bowling performance in the 2nd innings.

2. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH):

The Sunrisers Hyderabad under Pat Cummins’s captaincy has become one of the most dominating teams in IPL 2024 and ranks at the 2nd position in the points table after KKR.

STRENGTHS:

  • Strong Opening Partnership: The opening combination of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma is one of the major advantages for SRH. Head and Abhishek’s partnership includes 689 runs in 14 innings and created many sensational records.
  • Middle Order: The middle-order batters can anchor the innings under pressurised situations.
  • Pat Cummins captaincy: The brilliant leadership skills of Pat Cummins have guided his team to win many matches under pressurized situations.

WEAKNESSES:

  • Average Bowling Performance: Apart from Pat Cummins and T Natarajan, the rest of the SRH bowlers leak too many runs, thereby allowing the opponent team to conveniently score runs.
  • Chasing Targets: Once the opening partnership between Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma is broken, the rest of the SRH batters find it difficult to chase targets. This is because the SRH’s batting performance is dominant only during the 1st innings when compared to the 2nd innings.

Kolkata vs Hyderabad Head-to-Head Stats in IPL

Here are the head-to-head stats of KKR vs SRH in the entire IPL history updated till the recent Qualifier 1 match of this season: 

Overall Matches Played27
Matches won by KKR18
Matches won by SRH9
No Result Matches0
Highest score for KKR208-7 in 20 overs (IPL 2024)
Lowest score for KKR101-4 in 12 overs  IPL 2015)
Highest score for SRH228-4 in 20 overs ( IPL 2023)
Lowest score for SRH115-8 in 20 overs ( IPL 2021)
KKR winnings batting first9
KKR winnings batting second9
SRH winnings batting first5
SRH winnings batting second4

KKR vs SRH Head-to-Head Stats in IPL Playoffs:

YearPlayoffs RoundOutcome in the Playoffs stages
2016EliminatorSRH won by 22 runs
2017EliminatorKKR won by 7 wickets (DLS Method)
2018Qualifier 2SRH won by 14 runs
2024Qualifier 1KKR won by 8 wickets
2024*Finals*To Be Decided

Weather Conditions for Kolkata vs Hyderabad Final Match IPL 2024

Every cricket fan can expect the most favourable weather conditions for the upcoming match between Kolkata and Hyderabad held in Chennai. However, there is only a 20% chance of rain, and the temperature during the match is expected to be around 38°C with 55% humidity, which could test the players’ physical fitness and mental stamina.

What if Rain plays a spoilsport in KKR vs SRH IPL 2024 final match?

If the rain continues to disrupt the game, then the final match between KKR and SRH will be held on the reserve day (May 27, Monday). However, the match officials will ensure to conduct a complete 20-over game on Sunday itself by making use of the extra time of 120 minutes.

Even if severe rain threatens to play a spoilsport on the reserve day, then teams that have concluded higher in the points table will be declared as the IPL 2024 winners. In such scenarios, KKR ranking at the first position in the IPL 2024 points table, would be named as the defending champions for the 3rd time.

Expected Toss Outcome and Pitch Conditions for IPL 2024 Final Match: Kolkata vs Hyderabad 

SRH skipper Pat Cummins would decide to bat first after winning the toss, based on the hard and dry pitch conditions at Chepauk Stadium. Whereas, KKR captain Shreyas Iyer would opt to field first since his team’s batting line-up has delivered an exceptional performance while chasing targets. You can expect a score of 160-190 runs at this venue during the final match.

KKR vs SRH IPL 2024 Finals: List of Probable Playing XI and Impact Players

You would find it interesting if the below-mentioned list of probable playing XI and impact players of both KKR and SRH proves to be the same during the final match of IPL 2024:

KKR Probable Playing XI for IPL 2024 Finals:

  1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper)
  2. Sunil Narine
  3. Venkatesh Iyer
  4. Shreyas Iyer (captain)
  5. Rinku Singh
  6. Andre Russell
  7. Ramandeep Singh
  8. Mitchell Starc
  9. Vaibhav Arora
  10. Harshit Rana
  11. Varun Chakaravarthy

KKR Expected Impact Players List for IPL 2024 Finals:

  1. Anukul Roy
  2. Manish Pandey
  3. Nitish Rana
  4. KS Bharat
  5. Sherfaine Rutherford

SRH Probable Playing XI for IPL 2024 Finals:

  1. Travis Head
  2. Abhishek Sharma
  3. Rahul Tripathi
  4. Nitish Reddy
  5. Aiden Markram
  6. Heinrich Klaasen (wicketkeeper)
  7. Abdul Samad
  8. Pat Cummins (captain)
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Jaydev Unadkat
  11. T Natarajan

SRH Expected Impact Players List for IPL 2024 Finals

  1. Umran Malik
  2. Sanvir Singh
  3. Glenn Phillips
  4. Mayank Markande
  5. Shahbaz Ahmed

KKR vs SRH IPL 2024 Final Match Winner Prediction: Conclusive Facts

Finally, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have equal chances of winning the IPL trophy. Moreover, KKR won against SRH 2 times this season and were the 2012 defending champions at the Chepauk ground, which enhances their probability of winning.

Ultimately, the IPL 2024 finals between KKR and SRH will surely make this Sunday much more special for all cricket fans and the team that exhibits stronger batting performance will definitely lift the 17th edition of the IPL trophy.