In the 38th fixture of Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad will welcome Kolkata Knight Riders to their home soil for a clash between them at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad started their journey with multiple victories, but before winning against Chennai Super Kings in their previous match, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their balance and ended up losing three games in a row.
Their opening pair – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have paid their debt to the owners of SRH by scoring 450 and 365 runs respectively in this season so far. But, Williamson, Hooda, and Vijay Shankar must also take some responsibility in their hand and release some pressure from top order batsmen.
When it comes to the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel have created troubles for batsmen at the start and death overs. Rashid Khan has proved everyone why is he called one of the best spinners in the world.
Meanwhile, fortunes of Kolkata Knight Riders have started to dump in the midway season. They have lost four matches in a row after winning four out of five during the initial days of the tournament. It’s only Andre Russell who is entirely devoted for his team and has been performing consistently so far.
Nitish, Gill, and Lynn have made some valuable contribution to their team, but what every match demand is their consistency. In the previous match against RCB, Russell and Nitish managed added 120 runs in last seven overs.
Bowlers must work on their pace and line length as they have been flowing runs for their opponents.
SRH vs KKR Squads
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Joe Denly, Sunil Narine, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Nitish Rana, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Yarra Prithviraj
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma
KKR vs SRH Team News
Lockie Ferguson can replace Harry Gurney for KKR.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is expected to make no changes to their side.
SRH wins the toss and elects to field first
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow(w), Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Kane Williamson(c), K Khaleel Ahmed
Batsmen will have an advantage after dew comes in. Weather is expected to be good on the match day.
Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
N Rana played an exceptional inning against RCB in his previous match, so he must be your pick up. Warner has been smashing bowlers in all the area, this player is worth betting on. S Narine and V Shankar have been continuing with the bat as well as with the ball, but Andre Russell is playing his best cricket so far. Don’t miss him out. Rashid Khan is capable of taking wickets and will definitely get some in this match even.
Wicket Keeper: D Karthik
Batsmen: N Rana, S Gill, D Warner, K Williamson
All Rounder: S Narine, A Russell, V Shankar
Bowlers: P Chawla, B Kumar, Rashid Khan
Captain and Vice-Captain: Andre Russell, David Warner