SRH are already through to the play-offs, and a win against Kolkata will secure one of the first two spots for them in the ipl 2016 points table. SRH have 16 points table.
The equation for KKR is simple win and progress to the play-offs. If KKR get the better of SRH, they will get to 16 points, which should be sufficient to make sure they finish among the top four teams. If KKR lose though, they will be tied on 14 points with Mumbai Indians. They need to ensure they don’t lose badly; just to give an indication, only if KKR lose to SRH by a margin of about 40-45 runs or with 4-5 overs to spare will their Net Run Rate drop below MI’s NRR.
Both teams are coming into this contest at the back of defeats; KKR were thrashed by the Gujarat Lions on Thursday night, while SRH couldn’t defend 6 runs off the last two balls in their match against Delhi Daredevils on Friday night.