The IPL is becoming more exciting day by day. The teams Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals lost their skippers David Warner and Steven Smith even before the commencement of IPL due to the ball-tampering scandal. This year, both the teams gave their best till now with new skippers Kane Williamson and Ajinkya Rahane. The teams are making the best they can to make their way to play-offs. Let us have a look at the teams that can enter the play-offs this IPL.
- Rajasthan Royals
Though the Rajasthan Royals lost two out of four games they played, they are in a good position in the points table when the net run rate is considered. The team lost their core player like Steve Smith due to the ball- tampering scandal. But the new skipper Rahane tried well to get the team on to the track. Though they seemed fragile in the beginning, players like Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gautam, Shreyas Gopal, and Dhawal Kulkarni made splendid performances to become match-winners.
- Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders became the toppers on the points table with the victory against Rajasthan Royals. The team lost some of their star players like Mitchell Johnson due to injury woes. The team seems strong with solid openers like Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, and Sunil Narine in the top order, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana in the middle-order and Andre Russell as the match-finisher along with formidable bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, and Piyush Chawla. The only drawback with the team is they lack fiery speedsters.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad
When David Warner was out of the team due to one year ban, the team seemed shattered with the loss of key players. But the skipper Kane Williamson managed to keep the saga of victories going on. Shikhar Dhawan is in good form as well. The bowling attack is the main asset for SRH with bowlers like spinners Rashid Khan and Shakib-Al-Hasan and speedsters Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, and Billy Stanlake, which is an absolute solid combination for clinching the title.
- Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab lost a game to Royal Challengers Bangalore but managed to bounce back with the win against Delhi DareDevils and Chennai SuperKings. They were in a good place in the points table till KKR beat Rajasthan Royals. The entry of Ravichandran Ashwin as the skipper and Chris Gayle as one of the batsmen changed the picture of the franchise’s position. Mujeeb Zadran and Ashwin are formidable bowlers for the team. The trio of Karnataka batsmen, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Karun Nair are doing consistently to contribute to the team’s victory. Andrew Tye is the only consistent speedster for the team but succeeded as a batsman and picked a couple of wickets as well.