KKR vs SRH Qualifier 1, IPL 2024: Where Kolkata vs Hyderabad Qualifier 1 Match Can Be Won Or Lost?

KKR vs SRH Qualifier 1: Kolkata Knight Riders will take on in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first qualifier of IPL 2024. Both teams will be eager to win this contest and make their way directly into the finals. Here's a look at the key battles that might decide the outcome of the match.
Where will KKR vs SRH be won or lost

Where will KKR vs SRH be won or lost? (Photo: BCCI)

It will be the battle of the best in IPL 2024. Table toppers KKR will take on SRH, who are second in the points table in the first qualifier of IPL 2024. A win here for either of the teams will send them straight to the finals. The quality of cricket these two teams have played throughout the tournament is commendable. Kolkata Knight Riders have lost just three matches this entire season. They have also had two washouts so far.
Sunirsers have gone all guns blazing in all their matches so far - a strategy that has paid them good dividends during the course of the tournament. The talking points for both these teams have been their opening partnerships. KKR’s opening partnership of Phil Salt and Sunil Narine dealt with a blow after Salt left for international duty.

SRH vs KKR: Here’s a look at key battlegrounds That Can Decide The Fate Of The Match

"Travishek"

It is no new knowledge that the opening partnership of Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head has been one of the most destructive pairs in IPL so far. They have three hundred-plus runs stand so far in the cash-rich league. Head and Abhishek have already added 676 runs batting together, the most by any batting pair this season.

How to stop the destructive duo?
Let’s talk about Travis Head’s setup first. The fundamentals of Head’s batting setup involves clearing the front leg to hit through the line of the ball - a strategy that has worked very well for the left-hander. However, pace off the ball has at times brought about Head's downfall, making spin an excellent option for KKR. With Sunil Narine and Varun Chakaravarthy forming the spin attack, KKR would believe - they are always in the game.
Abhishek Sharma, who has a high backlift, and is often compared to Yuvraj Singh for all the right reasons might also find the spin of Narine and Varun more challenging than pace on the ball. Having said that, Harshit Rana and Mitchell Starc on their day can pose a significant challenge to both the SRH openers. If the opening duo of SRH gets going, it might be curtains for the Knight Riders in the first qualifier.

KKR’s batting in the middle overs

SRH’s bowling performance has been modest in the powerplay so far. The middle overs are where the Sunrisers have excelled this IPL. Cummins has led the bowling department in the middle overs. SRH pacers have found success with the off-paced deliveries dug into the pitch. Batters like Venkatesh Iyer and Andre Russell will aim to use their tall stature to good effect in an attempt to neutralise the Hyderabad attack in the middle overs. They would also look to target Nitish Kumar Reddy and Shahbaaz Ahmed - SRH's 5th and 6th bowling options.
Rinku Singh against the left-arm spin of Shahbaaz Ahmed is another match-up that the Knight Riders will be targeting. How will this encounter pan out, only time will tell.
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