Two bowling heavy teams will kick start their IPL 2019 campaign at Kolkata. Last year’s finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Kolkata Knight Riders on March 24 and this game features plenty of T20 stalwarts.
Both teams are spoilt for options as there is no dearth of match winners. But at the same time there are a few who stand out and cannot be ignored given their massive impact.
In the KKR vs SRH IPL 2019 match , watch out for these five players.
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The right-hand batsman amassed 735 runs in 2018 at an impressive strike rate of 142.44 and was the leading run-scorer. Importantly he struck eight fifties in the tournament which reflects his ability to play big knocks.
Williamson this year too will be SRH’s key batsman and will have to anchor the innings.
The Kiwi batsman is a good player of spin bowling hence he will play a big role in the contest against KKR as they have a seriously good spin bowling attack.
Narine’s bowling saw a dip in 2018 but he compensated for it with his ferocious hitting at the top of the batting order.
In the last two seasons he has claimed only 27 wickets in 32 matches and his economy of 7.65 in 2018 was his highest in all seasons. But Narine’s impact is beyond numbers as his four overs are always a serious threat for opposition.
At the same time, SRH will have to find a way to keep him quiet in the Powerplays.
The Windies batsman started the 2018 IPL by nailing a whopping 11 sixes against CSK and scored 88 off just 36 balls. What does he have in store for 2019?
Russell is a proven match-winner and can demolish any bowling attack. Can the duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan negate Russell’s threat?
And not to forget Russell’s ability to bowl a few overs as well!
Along with these three players there are a couple of X-factors in this match.
Make no mistake. All eyes will be on David Warner in this match. The left-hander is making a comeback through this game and everyone wants to know how much has the one year ban affected his batting.
In his last two seasons, Warner ransacked 1489 runs in just 31 games including 13 fifties and one hundred. These are astonishing numbers and given Williamson’s solidarity at number three, an aggressive start from Warner can make SRH virtually unstoppable.
The battle between Russell and Rashid will be an exciting one for sure but will SRH use the leggie to counter the opening duo of Lynn and Narine?
Rashid’s four overs will have a big impact on this contest and it will be interesting to see whether KKR prefer to see him off or go aggressive against him.