Sunday’s doubleheader will see Sunrisers Hyderabad squaring off against Kolkata Knight Riders in the first match of the day followed by the two metros Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals squaring off.
Talking about the first game of the day, Kolkata Knight Riders will be welcoming Sunrisers Hyderabad in their hometown at the iconic Eden Garden in Kolkata. Both teams are pretty well gelled up for this crucial contest and will look to tear apart each other to gain the much needed early momentum in this long-lasting tournament.
Led by the ever so reliable Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata Kight Riders are one of the most balanced sides in this edition of IPL. The team management opted for Dinesh Karthik in the last year’s auction and the gamble definitely paid off as they were among the top 4 teams last season.
Their preparations, however, took a set back when three of their fast bowlers Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and the Proteas recruit Anrich Nortje were ruled out of the competition after sustaining injuries.
Kerala pacer Sandeep Warrier and Karnataka’s spinner KC Carriappa have been drafted as replacements for the injured Indian duo, while no replacement for Anrich Nortje has been named as of now.
The Knight Riders will look to do it one bit better from the last year and a perfect tart is what they would be eyeing here.
Ever since they were crowned champions in the year 2016, they have gone places. They have been among the top four from the last three years consistently.
The runners-up of the last year have a major concern in the form of their skipper Kane Williamson who is nursing a shoulder injury which he sustained in the Test series against Bangladesh back home.
However, David Warner will be back in the Orange Army after he was forced to sit out last year as he was serving a 1-year ban for ball tampering from Cricket Australia. Apart from him, there are many other stalwarts in this setup and are looking good enough to make it big yet again.
Venue:- Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Match Timing:- Sunday, March 24, 2019, 04:00 PM IST
Kolkata Knight Riders
Toss: KKR have won the toss and elected to bowl first
Here’s how both teams might line-up:-
David Warner, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson.
Players to watch out:
Both teams are equipped with a lot of match winners who are capable of turning the match on their heads any given day.
If we talk about the batting department, the likes of Manish Pandey, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are proven match winners.
From KKR, a lot will depend on the lethal opening duo of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine on how they perform.
Robin Uthappa and skipper Dinesh Karthik are the experienced duos in the middle order.
Among the all-rounders, the two teams will rely on the likes of Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme will hold the key.
In the bowling department, the impetus would be on Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the ever so reliable Rashid Khan.
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Disclaimer:- This SRH vs KKR Dream11 prediction is based on our research from various sources, We advise you not to make Dream11 Team as per your discretion and understanding from the squad and playing 11 listed in the article.