The two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be clashing with Sunrisers Hyderabad at Chennai tomorrow in Indian Premier League 2021. KKR hadn’t qualified for the playoffs last season, SRH had qualified but couldn’t lift the trophy.
SRH had brought Jason Roy, Mujeeb ur Rahman and experienced Kedar Yadav in the squad for this season. KKR also has brought in some experienced cricketers like Shakib Al Hasan, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting.
First of all, there is no injury issue and a full KKR squad is available for selection. They have plenty of options there in each section. The inclusion of Shakib has given the team a good dimension as well.
Both the Carebeans Russell and Narine were silent last season. KKR will be looking at their form as well. KKR have a bunch of Indian fast bowlers. Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, and others can have a good opportunity this year.
Varun Chakravarthy will be in command of Spin. it will be interesting to see how much game Harbhajan and Kuldeep get.
SRH has plenty of firepower in the top order like the previous season. This season the addition of Jason Roy will give them more options. Kedar Yadav can be a crucial player for them in the middle order.
The return of Bhuveneshwar Kumar is very important for the SRH side. There is no famous pace bowler on this side. So SRH have to rely on their Indian Pacers.
SRH VS KKR: Match Details
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Time: 7:30 PM IST
SRH vs KKR: What to Expect
We have seen in the first match the wicket is not much turning right now. The batsmen can score runs by judging the length of the ball. Batting second is the better option. A score of 170-175 will be a good total to defend.
Probable XI Of KKR:
Nitish Rana and Shubhman Gill may be opening for KKR. Shakib can play at no. 3. The skipper Eoin Morgan should bat at no. 4. KKR can send Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell any time. Rahul Tripathi/Venkatesh Iyer can play in the lower order.
Pat Cummins will lead the pace attack. Mavi and Prasidh Krishna may join him. Varun Chakravarthy definitely will be playing on this kind of surface. Harbhajan Singh also can make his debut tomorrow.
KKR team against SRH: Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan(C), Dinesh Karthik(WK), Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathi/Venkatesh Iyer, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi/Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Probable XI Of SRH:
Bairstow and Warner will be opening for SRH. Wriddhiman can bat at no. 3. Manish Pandey and Kane Willamson will be no. 4 and 5 for the team. Kedar Yadav will be handling the lower order with Abdul Samad.
Rashid Khan will be at no. 8. Bhuvi, Sandeep, and Natarajan will be the three fast bowlers for SRH tomorrow.
SRH team against KKR: David Warner(C), Johny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha(WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Kedar Yadav, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.