2 home matches in three days for Kolkata Knight Riders and this time the opposition team is the current champion of Indian premier league Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kolkata Knight Riders outplayed Kings XI Punjab to win their home match thus winning 2 of their 3 matches this year. While Sunrisers Hyderabad has won two of their three matches and will be eager to be back on track against Kolkata Knight Riders. The gamble of sending Sunil Narine for opening worked for the Knight Riders and he was phenomenal with the bat. Kolkata Knight Riders would love to examine the same batting order again when they meet Sunrisers Hyderabad tomorrow at Eden Gardens.
Last time they played: The two teams last played in the elimination round of 2016 IPL and at last Sunrisers Hyderabad went on to win the game courtesy their disciplined bowling. Posting a total of 162 runs at the end of 20 overs, Sunrisers Hyderabad made it difficult for Kolkata Knight Riders to make runs. And in the end, KKR team only made 140 runs and were 22 runs short. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was exceptional with the ball.
head to head battle: Sunrisers Hyderabad are 4 season old and the two team have been in front of each other for 9 times. Out of these 9 times, KKR has won 6 games while rest 3 games were won by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kolkata Knight Riders: WLWLW
Sunrisers Hyderabad: LWWWW
Kolkata Knight Riders: Having won the last home game a day ago, Knight Riders are unlikely to make any changes in the playing eleven. Umesh Yadav made a dream comeback by picking up four crucial wickets of Kings eleven Punjab. Piyush Chawla though gave the first breakthrough but was expensive in his quota and can be axed with the replacement of Kuldeep Yadav in the team. Colin De Grandhomme was impressive in his debut game yet expensive and should get a game more. The gamble of sending Narine as an opener worked for the team and they would stick to the same batting order for sure.
Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Colin De Grandhomme/ Shakib al Hasan, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla/ Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Moises Henriques absence from the last match hurt Sunrisers and cost them the match. He is fit and fine and will be back in the team in place of Ben Cutting. Mustafizur will get a game more seen the conditions of the Eden Gardens pitch which favors the fast bowler. Vijay Shankar who had a phenomenal domestic season should get a game more to prove his skills.
Probable XI: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Vijay Shankar/ Bipul Sharma, Mustafizur Rahman/ Ben Cutting, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Ashish Nehra.
Players in the spotlight:
Gautam Gambhir: This season he is speaking with his bat and would love to contribute more to the team and his fan.The last match too he was at his best.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: In last season and in this season too, Kumar has been the best bowler for the Sunrisers. The current purple cap holder will bag some more wickets in this match for sure.
What: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 15th April, 16:00 IST
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
What to Expect: a pitch favoring fast bowlers which are suitable for chasing. A hot and humid temperature to play in.
Toss Prediction: Chasing will be on the card for the team winning the toss.
Match Prediction: KKR are hard to beat at Eden Gardens and Sunrisers Hyderabad will have a tough time. KKR chances are more to win the game.
- While chasing, six over sessions will be gettable.
- The team winning the toss have the better chances of winning here.