On Sunday, SunRisers Hyderabad will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. They need to win the match against KKR to enter in the top four of the points table.
SunRisers Hyderabad has won only three matches out of eight and at number fifth position in the table. They are considerably a better side than KKR, who are currently struggling from internal affairs as their captain has been changed midseason.
To beat KKR, they are likely to not go with many changes in their playing XI but they have to come out with a smart tactic to take the game home.
SunRisers Hyderabad predicted XI against KKR :
1. Jonny Bairstow (wk):
Jonny Bairstow is playing a crucial role for SunRisers Hyderabad this season. He has been the leading scorer for them in the last matches. Overall, he has amassed 280 runs in eight matches at the strike rate of 129.03. It’s important for SRH that he stays longer in the field to give them a good start.
2. David Warner (c):
In the last six matches, David Warner has played more cautious innings considering the inexperienced middle-order. He has anchored the innings while has allowed Bairstow to play more freely. This strategy has worked for SunRisers Hyderabad to give them a stable start.
3. Manish Pandey:
Whenever there is an early fall of openers, Manish Pandey has played gritty knocks to put a good score on the board. In eight matches, he has scored 206 runs at the strike rate of 124.84. Being at no.3, SunRisers Hyderabad will expect him to play a big knock to give a good start to the team.
4. Kane Williamson:
Kane Williamson has played decent knocks for the team, but he has lost his wickets early. After missing the first two matches, he has notched up 152 runs in six matches. Against CSK, he took the game close from SRH although could not seal the win. SunRisers Hyderabad will expect him to get more runs for them.
5. Priyam Garg:
After scoring a half-century against Chennai Super Kings in their first meeting, Priyam Garg has scored 8, 0, 15 and 16 in the last three matches. Although he had shown his potential with the bat, he has a huge role to play as a finisher of SunRisers Hyderabad.
6. Abhishek Sharma:
Abhishek Sharma has done a good job with both bat and ball for SunRisers Hyderabad. The youngster has not got enough chances to bat, but his short cameo has accelerated the innings for SRH. In seven matches, the leg spinner has picked up two wickets and scored 63 runs. He was dropped in the last match against CSK but he is likely to play against KKR.
7. Abdul Samad:
Abdul Samad has also been a great find of IPL 2020. He is a power hitter while also is a good bowling option for the captain. The youngster will be the one to look out for this season.
8. Rashid Khan:
Rashid Khan is the lynchpin for SunRisers Hyderabad. The lone spinner in the team has the big responsibility to dismiss the opposition’s batsmen early. So far, he has picked up ten wickets in eight matches at the staggering economy rate of 5.34. The Afghan player is surely going to trouble CSK batsmen as he did in their first meeting.
9. Sandeep Sharma:
The pacer’s ability to swing the ball has troubled batsman to not score runs easily against him. But he has failed to pick wickets. He has scalped up four wickets in five matches. SRH will want him to give them breakthroughs against KKR.
10. Khaleel Ahmed:
The left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed has not been economical but has picked crucial wickets. He has picked up eight wickets in six matches at the economy rate of 9.73. He is still to match up to the expectation. But the youngster will maintain his spot in the coming games.
11. T Natarajan:
T Natarajan is in the terrific form. He has remarkably executed his yorkers even though dew makes it difficult to bowl in the second half. The pacer has picked up nine wickets in eight matches at the economy rate of 8.27. The Tamil Nadu cricketer is going to play a significant role this season for SunRisers Hyderabad.