Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad would resume their IPL 2020 campaign on Saturday as both sides would play their respective 2nd game in the tournament. Both sides faced a defeat in their respective opening games and now would be eager to bounce back with a win. Sunrisers Hyderabad were defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore by 10 runs, while Kolkata knight Riders lost to Mumbai Indians by 49 runs. Both teams would now bank upon their superstars to get their first points on the board. Let's take a look at KOL vs SRH Dream11 Key Players who could decide the fate of the game.
Andre Russell is the most dangerous T20 player in the world at the moment. He had a quiet game as per his standards against Mumbai Indians yet he managed to take one wicket and score 11 runs in the match. Dr Russ in the form is vital for KKR to go ahead in the competition as he is their most impactful player.
IPL Record: Matches – 65, Runs – 1411, Strike rate – 185.17, wickets – 56
Narine has lost a bit of his mojo since the tweak in his action but he still remains one of the most important players in the KKR system. You can expect him to be economical in the middle-overs and he also scores quick runs at the top while opening the batting. Narine could not do much with the bat against Mumbai Indians but bowled an economical spell of 1/22 in his 4 overs. KKR would be expecting him to contribute more this time around.
IPL Record: Matches – 111, Runs – 780, Wickets -123, Economy Rate – 6.66
The English wicketkeeper has been a revelation since joining the SRH camp. His numbers for the Orange Army speak for themselves and Sunrisers Hyderabad would be hoping their star player would keep scoring runs for them. Bairstow looked in a destructive form against RCB but lost his wicket at the wrong time. He scored 61 runs off 43 deliveries in the last game. He would be looking to make amendments by finishing the game for his team this time around.
IPL Record: Matches – 11, Runs – 506, Average – 56.22, Strike Rate – 155.21, Highest Score – 114
David Warner is the life of this SRH unit. The southpaw is the leading run-scoring overseas player in the history of the tournament. He also is the leading run-scoring batsman for the Sunrisers. Warner got cheaply in the first game but the Hyderabad-based franchise would be hoping for a better outcome this time. David Warner would be eager to form a solid base at the top alongside Jonny Bairstow to notch up the first win for the side.
IPL Record: Matches – 127, Runs – 4712, Strike Rate – 142.31, Highest Score – 126
Kuldeep Yadav – The left-arm chinaman had a game to forget against Mumbai Indians. But as he is likely to bowl in the middle overs against a fragile middle-order of SRH, he could be the match-winner for KKR.
Eoin Morgan – The English skipper failed to make an impact in the last game but we all are aware of his capabilities. Expect him to fire this time around.
Dinesh Karthik – The KKR skipper looked in good touch in the first game against Mumbai Indians for his well-made thirty. He has promoted himself this season in the batting order which could prove to be a masterstroke.
Rashid Khan – The most impactful spinner in the IPL, the Afghan wizard – Rashid Khan, would look to weave the magic he is known for. He could bring the house down in the middle-overs if he finds his rhythm.
Manish Pandey – Much would depend upon the shoulders of Manish Pandey as SRH has an almost negligible middle-order. He would be responsible to bind the SRH innings together.
Vijay Shankar – His name could come as a surprise to many but Vijay Shankar could be the saviour of SRH in this game. His wicket-to-wicket bowling style would suit the long boundaries of Sheikh Zayed Stadium. He has to play a vital role with the bat as well.
KOL vs SRH Dream11 Expected Playing 11:
KOL Playing 11 (Probable):
Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Nikhil Naik, Pat Cummins, Shivman Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, and Kuldeep Yadav.
SRH Playing 11 (Probable):
Jonny Bairstow (WK), David Warner (C), Kane Williamson/Mohammad Nabi, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, and T Natarajan.