Sunrisers Hyderabad won their first away game against Kings XI Punjab and are now placed at third position with 11 points in nine games. The period of second clashes between the team is under way and two teams who are likely to qualify for the playoffs will face each other. Under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently flying. Losing only two games to Mumbai Indians and Gujrata Lions, Kolkata Knight Riders have won seven matches out of nine to be placed at the top. This game is to prove the strength of two teams who are at the top three. Hyderabad will see the clash between these top sides and Sunrisers Hyderabad are sure to be accompanied by lots of crowd support.
Last time they played: Kolkata Knight Riders posted a decent score of 172 runs on board for Sunrisers Hyderabad to chase. But Sunrisers Hyderabad fell short by 17 runs in reply and lost the match. Kolkata Knight Riders were disciplined with the ball and it was one of the away lose of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Head to head battle: Kolkata Knight Riders have an unreal statistical advantage over Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have won 6 of the seven head to head encounter between game. Sunrisers Hyderabad have only won one solitary game against KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWWLW
Sunrisers Hyderabad: WDLWW
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gambhir has been outstanding in his captaincy and they don’t like to tinker much with the line-up. Hence a similar team which won them the last game is likely to play.
Probable XI: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de grandhomme, Chris woakes, Sunil Narine, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson has done wonders with the bat and produced two match winning performances. Sidharth Kaul was fabulous in the last match so there are no added pressure to include foreign bowlers or all-rounder. Hyderabad are likely to play the same eleven from the last match.
Probable XI: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Sidharth Kaul.
Players in the Spotlight:
Moises Henriques: Henriques had a quite last match and he is likely to bounce back with a match winning performance. Henriques love to bat at Hyderabad which is an added advantage.
Where: Rajiv Gandhi international stadium, Hyderabad.
What to expect: the venue has an average first innings score of 173 which means a high scoring match can be seen. The track has changed and now Pacers gets more support than the spinners. A high temperature of around 30 degrees is expected.
Toss Prediction: Team will definately choose to chase at this ground.
Match prediction: both teams have good bowling options and a decent fire power at the batting line up. Despite the support of home crowd, Kolkata Knight Riders are favorable to win.
* The score of first innings six over will be around 50-60 runs.
* The match odds for the game are 87-88 KKR.