Indian Premier League, 2018

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Playfantasy – 1st paragraph

The Big Picture

After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in their previous encounter against the Chennai Super Kings, the Kolkata Knight Riders would be looking to bury the ghosts of that humdinger of a match, which they should have won only to be denied by Sam Billings late charge.

They are now back at the Eden Gardens where they’ll host Sunrisers Hyderabad, who just like their hosts, did everything to lose what was their game from the outset.

Pitch Conditions:

The Eden Gardens pitch has been considered as one of the better conditions for batting ,whilst assisting spinners, evident from Kolkata Knight Riders strategy of fielding plethora of spinners over the years. The 2016 season though saw the pitch being re-laid and being more conducive to fast as well as reverse-swing bowling evident from the rout of RCB (49 all out) inflicted by the likes of Coulter Nile and Woakes last year.

Statistics over the years: While over the past ten years, the average first innings score has swelled from 167 to 179, the team batting first has won 37.1% times while the chasing side has 62.9% of the occasions.

Team News and Probable 11:

Kolkata Knight Riders

On the back of an outstanding 88 by Andre Russell, the Kolkata Knight Riders posted a more than competitive total of 202, only to be denied by the likes of Shane Watson and then Sam Billings who pulled off a sensational heist for CSK.

Things were not all hunky dory for KKR though as at one stage they’d been plummeted to 5-89, with the likes of Rana, Karthik and Uthappa, all failing to capitalize on their respective starts. But it is their bowling that would be giving headache to Karthik and the team management.

All of the bowlers barring Sunil Narine (1-17 in 4 overs) went in excess of 10 runs per over, the most expensive being Vinay Kumar, who gave away 35 runs in all of 11 balls.

Following an insipid balling performance, KKR might make a ge changes to their bowling attack and we might see the likes of Kamlesh Nagarkoti or Shivam Mavi making their IPL debut against SRH.

Probable XI:

Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wk), Dinesh Karthik (capt), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson, Vinay Kumar/ Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Sunrisers from Hyderabad were flying at 1-73, after their bowlers led by Rashid Khan (18 dot balls in 4 overs) restricted the Mumbai Indians to 8-147 in 20 overs.

At 1-73, with Shikhar (45 off 28 balls) in full flow and Williamson there for company, it looked like an encore of the 2016 champions nine-wicket win in their opening encounter against Rajasthan Royals. Williamson nicked an off-cutter of Mustafizur, and when Dhawan holed out to deep fine-leg off the bowling of young Markande, the floodgates were well and truely open.

Pandey and Shakib followed suit, and while on the back of Deepak Hooda, SRH scrapped to a 1-wicket win, it left a lot to be desired as far as potency of their middle-order is concerned.

Probable XI:

Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlaike, Siddarth Kaul

Where to watch Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad?

The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com