In today’s second match of the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders will face off in an important tie for both teams at the Eden Gardens from 8.00 PM.
Kolkata Knight Riders are fourth in the points table while Sunrisers are 5th. Sunrisers are really looking a confident side after beating Chennai Super Kings side and Kolkata Knight Riders lost their last match in a rain curtailed match to RCB. Both the teams will be looking for points to increase their chances of qualifying into the playoffs. The last time both of the teams met Sunrisers won the match.
PREVIOUS YEAR CLASHES
The first time they met last year was on 18th May at Hyderabad. It was a low-scoring match. Sunrisers won the toss and elected to bat. Their batting struggled. The top scorer for Sunrisers was David Warner with 34 and Pathan scored 23.
Sunrisers scored a modest 142 for 8 in 20 overs. While chasing, KKR lost an early wicket of Gambhir but after that Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan put up an important partnership. Kolkata won the match by 7 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
6 days later, they met again but this time in Kolkata. Sunrisers were invited to bat first. No batsmen were able to convert their 20s into a big scores. The top scorers for Sunrisers were David Warner and Darren Sammy. Sunrisers scored 160 for 7 in 20 overs. While chasing Kolkata lost wickets at regular intervals but because of Yusuf Pathan 72 off 22 balls helped Kolkata to chase the target in 14.2 overs.
Key Players –
David Warner –
David Warner has looked in excellent touch for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has played with positive manner and just took the bowling apart with his power hitting. In the previous match against Chennai Super Kings, he hit a quick-fire 61 runs off 28 balls and made sure that Sunrisers posted a big total on the board. Against Kolkata Knight Riders again if he provides the same start then it will be tough for KKR to stop this top batsman from Australia.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been special in the tournament for Sunrisers. He has bowled brilliantly in the death overs and has not conceded too many runs. In the match against Chennai he picked the early wicket of McCullum and bowled brilliantly in last few overs too. Today against KKR he needs to bowl with same line and length, not allowing the batsmen to hit runs with ease.
Robin Uthappa has been in good touch for KKR this season in the previous 2 to 3 matches. He provides stability and can play the long innings. In the rain curtailed match against RCB, he hit 23 runs off 21 balls but did not go on to make a big score. Against Sunrisers’ top quality bowling he needs to ensure that he takes time and puts less pressure on the middle order which has not performed well.
Andre Russell has been an impact player for KKR in this tournament so far. He hits big strokes and clear any ground with his power hitting. Against RCB he made 45 off 17 balls and took the total to 111. It is important that Andre Russell comes to party and hit big sixes against Sunrisers team which are high on confidence.
Predicted Starting XI –
KKR XI: R Uthappa, G Gambhir, M Pandey, S Yadav, Y Pathan, R ten Doeschate, A Russell, P Chawla, P Cummins, B Hogg, U Yadav
SRH XI: D Warner, S Dhawan, N Ojha, H Vihari, E Morgan, M Henriques, AA Reddy, K Sharma, B Kumar, P Kumar, T Boult