Robin Uthappa’s fortuitous 68 and a terrific spell of left-arm chinaman bowling from Kuldeep Yadav set up a 17-run home win for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the first meeting between these two sides at the Eden Gardens.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have won the four matches they have played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad so far this season. So, for KKR to continue their current three-match winning streak, they will have to beat David Warner’s men at their own den tonight. Will they?
SRH vs KKR Head-to-head
In 10 matches between Knight Riders and Sunrisers, the former hold a 7-3 head-to-head record.
Form guide: SRH vs KKR
Hyderabad: WNRLWW (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 3rd)
Kolkata: WWWLW (current position on the points table: 1st)
Match 37: SRH vs KKR Playing XI
David Warner and co. are one of the settled sides in the league. Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra returned to action in Sunrisers’ 26-run win over Kings XI Punjab and this veteran Indian duo complete what’s a very reliable and solid Hyderabad outfit.
Going into a match as important as tonight’s is for the hosts, I don’t think Sunrisers will make changes to their playing XI. They produced a complete performance to beat Punjab, and barely anyone let the team down. On the field, Sunrisers did not have a great night in Mohali, but the batsmen delivered the goods and the bowlers were collectively good.
Despite a good performance against Punjab, Warner’s men need to step their game up by a notch at least… for that’s how good Kolkata are. But, with players who lend balance to the team, Sunrisers should be up for the contest.
SRH’s probable playing XI vs KKR: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Moises Henriques, 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. Deepak Hooda, 7. Naman Ojha (wk), 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Ashish Nehra, and 11. Siddarth Kaul
Actual playing XI for Sunrisers: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Moises Henriques, 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. Bipul Sharma, 7. Naman Ojha (wk), 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Mohammed Siraj, and 11. Siddarth Kaul
Knight Riders go into this contest on the back of three emphatic wins, by 82 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore, seven wickets against Rising Pune Supergiant and by the same margin against Delhi Daredevils.
Royal Challengers Bangalore showed that Kolkata’s batting can be gotten at, particularly if you get into their middle order quickly. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have led the way in the last couple of matches, while Manish Pandey has lost a bit of a batting rhythm lately.
For Sunrisers to be successful against KKR, their bowlers need to tame the opposition’s batsmen. Therefore, by far the biggest battle within a battle is KKR’s batting v SRH’s bowling.
For Kolkata too, changes aren’t expected and they do not have to make changes either, from the home win over Daredevils. And, actually, this stability in the two line-ups raises expectactions for a fascinating contest.
KKR’s probable XI vs SRH: 1. Gautam Gambhir (c), 2. Sunil Narine, 3. Robin Uthappa (wk), 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Yusuf Pathan, 6. Sheldon Jackson, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10. Umesh Yadav, and 11. Kuldeep Yadav
KKR’s actual playing XI is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted!