After registering two back-to-back wins after a stumble against the Mumbai Indians, the Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to resurrect their fledgling campaign, and now sit at No.3 in the points table with 14 points.
They will now take on table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 54th Match of the 2018 IPL at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad (8:00 PM), who are coming off two back-to-back losses. Their much-talked about balling has come for a beating in the past two matches. Skipper Kane Williamson almost single-handedly pulled off a sensational chase against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but lack of support highlighted their batting shortcomings and the match against KKR offers them a hope to put on an improved performance before the business end of the tournament starts.
So, let’s move forwards to SRH vs KKR team news and SRH vs KKR Dream11 prediction.
Piyush Chawla missed out on the last match due to injury and is expected to replace Shivam Mavi.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowlers went in for a hammering in the last match, and Thampi, who went in for 0-70 might pave way for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed the last match.
SRH Risky Players: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is subject to fitness
Kane Williamson (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Mehdi Hasan, Mohammad Nabi, Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Hooda, Shreevats Goswami, Sachin Baby, K Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Chris Jordan, Bipul Sharma, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Apoorv Wankhade, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Cameron Delport, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Tom Curran, Kuldeep Yadav, Javon Searles, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Johnson, Andre Russell, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill
Both the teams are expected to make one or two changes. The probable SRH vs KKR playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper: Shreevats Goswami
Batsmen: Alex Hales, S Dhawan, K Williamson, Manish Pandey, D Hooda
All-rounder: Shakib Al Hasan,
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, S Kaul, S Sharma, Thampi/Bhuvneshwar
Wicketkeeper: Dinesh Karthik (c)
Batsmen: Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill
All-rounder: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine,
Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna,
For HYD, the duo of Shikhar Dhawan (387 runs) and Kane Williamson (625) are in pulsating form and are expected to lead the batting unit.
In bowling, Rashid Khan (3-27) had a great game against RCB and will be expected to lead the attack along with Shakib Al Hasan.
For KOL, the key batters will be C Lynn, R Uthappa, N Rana and Dinesh Karthik. Karthik is the only consistent contributors with the bat while the rest of batters have failed to produce big innings.
In bowling, Kuldeep Yadav (4-20) bowled a match-winning spell against RR, and along with Andre Russell (2-13) will be the go-to bowlers for the team.
While SRH has already qualified for the Playoffs, two back-to-back losses have pegged them back. The match will extremely crucial for the Knight Riders, as the race to the Playoffs heats up, and with them coming off two back-to-back wins, they will start as favorites.
As per our HYD vs KOL Dream11 predictions, the visitors will be favorite.
In wicketkeeper, Dinesh Karthik is the ideal choice.
In batting, Williamson, C Lynn, Dhawan and Manish Pandey will be right choices.
In all-rounder, Sunil Narine, and Shakib Al Hasan will be a good choice.
In bowling, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav and Andre Russell will be safe bets.