Sunrisers Hyderabad had an impressive season overall but a couple of unfavourable results ultimately ended their campaign in the Eliminator.
Before the start of the Indian Premier League 2017, if one had to make a list of the title contenders in the order of strongest to weakest challengers, Sunrisers Hyderabad would have made it among the strongest two. Throughout the season, they never seemed out of title contention and fell short only in the Eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders - a contest marred by a long rain delay. They had the top two performers of IPL 10 in their ranks - captain David Warner and bowling spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Together, they made their home ground - Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium - a fortress and only Rising Pune Supergiant were able to breach it once.
Their away performance wasn't much to write about. They lost four, won two and one failed to produce any result. But the manner of their exit must have hurt them because there wasn't much they could have done after rain delay had cut down KKR's chase to 48 runs in six overs. Although, they were one of the most consistent sides, slipping on couple of important occasions probably became the difference between yet another successful season and a playoff exit.