With the Knight Riders fourth in the table and Hyderabad fifth—just two points behind them—this game will be crucial for both teams’ aspirations.
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Date: Sunday, May 18
Start time: 3:30 p.m. BST
Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE) SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan), Starhub (Singapore).
Weather: According to Weather.com, it will be partly cloudy in Hyderabad but with high temperatures, which will peak at 41 degrees Celsius.
Unfortunately, in reply, their bowlers were expensive and unable to gain any real penetration as Punjab waltzed to their target with six wickets and more than an over to spare.
The Sunrisers have also been dealt a blow in the personnel department, with Australian Aaron Finch now playing for Yorkshire in the NatWest T20 Blast competition.
In reply, it was very easy for Kolkata to reach their target as they were led home by a knock of 80 by opener Robin Uthappa.
With both teams chasing the playoffs at this late stage in the competition, this game should be an absorbing one for all concerned.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (from): Shikhar Dhawan (capt.), Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Naman Ojha, Karan Sharma, Parvez Rasool, KL Rahul, Venugopal Rao, Srikkanth Anirudha, Manpreet Juneja, Ricky Bhui, Amit Paunikar, P Parameswaran, Ashish Reddy, Chama Milind, Dale Steyn, Darren Sammy, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Jason Holder, Brendan Taylor.
Kolkata Knight Riders (from): Gautam Gambhir (capt.), Manvinder Bisla, Piyush Chawla, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das, Jacques Kallis, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Sayan Mondal, Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Veer Pratap Singh, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav.
South Africa’s premier seamer Steyn remains a fearsome prospect in all forms of cricket, especially Twenty20.
He will be determined to make an impact with the new and the old ball and restrict Kolkata’s batsmen.
Spinner Narine has been enormously successful during his IPL career and will be looking for more of the same here.
The West Indian remains a potent threat for the Knight Riders with his ability to turn the ball both ways immediately.