When Sunrisers Hyderabad host Kolkata Knight Riders in the last of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 opening-stage games in Uppal on Sunday (May 19), they would already know whether they are safely in the playoffs or not. It's simple: if Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings in the late match on Saturday, they will join Hyderabad on 18 points, that too with a better Net Run Rate; if Chennai beat Bangalore or points are shared, Hyderabad are through.
From Kolkata's point of view, it's an inconsequential game, their defence of the IPL title having gone up in smoke a long time ago. But like Pune Warriors India scuttled their slim, almost improbable chances at qualification in Ranchi earlier this week, Kolkata could put a spanner in Hyderabad's works in case it is a must-win game for them.
Not that it's a likely outcome based on recent history: Kolkata have lost six out of the seven matches they have played away, while Hyderabad have lost just one the seven they have hosted so far.