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PREVIEW: It’s the business end of the 2022 IPL

It is the business end of the 2022 IPL and time for the cream to rise to the top. There will be some huge matchups in the coming days which could decide the makeup of the playoffs.

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It is the business end of the 2022 IPL and time for the cream to rise to the top. There will be some huge matchups in the coming days which could decide the makeup of the playoffs.

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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad | IPL Match 61 | Saturday 14 May 2022 | Maharasthra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune | 16:00

 

The Sunrisers have been all about peaks and troughs in this IPL losing their opening two matches before winning five in a row but they have now lost their last four on the bounce.

 

Both teams still have an outside shot of reaching the playoffs but will need victory in this match to make that happen.

 

This campaign will likely end in frustration for these two sides that haven’t found consistency in 2022.

 

KKR won last time out albeit against a Mumbai Indians side that appears to have forgotten how to bat.

 

Verdict: Sunrisers Hyderabad

 

Chennai Super Kings vs Gujarat Titans | IPL Match 62 | Sunday 15 May 2022 | Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai | 12:00

 

Chennai Super Kings are out of the playoff race but they will want to prove they can hang with the high-flying Gujarat Titans.

 

CSK suffered a blowout defeat last time out and will need to improve in every facet of the game.

 

The Gujarat Titans are a well-balanced side who have found their rhythm and look like title contenders.

 

The Titans have also won both their matches played at the Wankhede Stadium so far.

 

Verdict: Gujarat Titans

 

Lucknow Super Giants vs Rajasthan Royals | IPL Match 63 | Sunday 15 May 2022 | Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai | 16:00

 

Lucknow Super Giants missed their chance to clinch playoff qualification last time out but they will seal their place if they can beat current third-placed side Rajasthan Royals.

 

The Royals can also go a long way towards securing their spot in the knockout rounds if they can come out on top.

 

The Royals Joss Buttler is the current purple cap holder having scored 625 runs.

 

Lucknow’s skipper KL Rahul is some way behind him in second with 459 runs.

 

Verdict: Rajasthan Royals

 

Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals | IPL Match 64 | Monday 16 May 2022 | DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai | 16:00

 

It is do or die in the battle for fourth when Punjab Kings meet the Delhi Capitals.

 

Both sides are two points behind fourth and victory could see them move up into the playoff spots on NRR.

 

The Punjab Kings have blown hot and cold with the bat but have an excellent bowling attack.

 

The Delhi Capitals started poorly but have found form and will be tough to beat.

 

Verdict: Delhi Capitals

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