Kolkata Knight Riders will be playing their first away game this IPL, whereas this would be the first Home game for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both these teams are coming into this match from a loss as KKR lost to MI in their second home game and SRH lost to RCB in Bengaluru. But KKR still have one win to their name in IPL 2016. This match would also be the first day game of the season.
In this match, SRH will be looking to register their first win this season whereas KKR would want to get another win to their name and lead the table early in the league. However, this match would more than just wins as there are many records to look out. Here’s listing all the important numbers to look out for –
Head-to-Head – Both these teams have faced each other 6 times in IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders have an upper hand here as they have 4 and SRH have registered 2 wins. If we talk about the clash between both these teams at the same venue, it has SRH who won the match.
Yusuf’s favorite team – Yes, we might not be wrong if we call SRH as the favorite team of Yusuf Pathan. This hard-hitting batsman averages 99.50 in 6 matches at a strike-rate of 184.26 against SRH.
Toss Lost, Match Won – Wondering why we say that? There is definitely something bizarre when we say this as the team winning the toss often have an advantage. But that isn’t the case in Hyderabad. Off the 20 matches played at this venue since 2012, teams that have lost the toss have the match 17 number of times. So now can we say, Toss Lost, Match Won?
Orange Cap Contenders – Gautam Gambhir will looking to get back the Orange cap in this match. He has scored 102 runs in 2 matches. Currently, it is Aaron Finch who has the Orange cap. He has scored 124 runs in 2 matches.
Purple Cap Contenders – Andre Russell has 4 wickets this season. Piyush Chawla and Brad Hogg have 3 wickets each to their name in 2 matches. The pitch of Hyderabad is expected to be spin friendly and that will give Chawla and Hogg an opportunity to get past Amit Mishra, who currently holds the Purple Cap with 5 wickets. Don’t expect Russell to be lagging behind as well.
Players to look out for – Opening Partnership: Both KKR and SRH rely heavily on their openers to get a good start when it comes to batting. Gambhir and Uthappa open for KKR and it is Warner and Dhawan who open for SRH. Whichever pair among the two does well is the one that can lead their team to victory.
Spin Attack – Another important aspect of the match will how spinners of both teams play. On a hot day, the pitch is expected to be dry with some cracks, that is a lovely sight for any spinner.