Last year’s finalist Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the second match of IPL 2019 and although the team is highly balanced they might worry about Williamson’s availability.
The Kiwi batsman had injured his shoulder during the Bangladesh series and this injury might force him to sit out of Hyderabad’s first match of the season.
The right-hand batsman was the highest run -scorer in 2018 and is in prime form in the recent times. His presence at number three offers solidarity to SRH and with him being doubtful for the match against KKR, SRH will have to find a way to pack some punch in their middle order.
Kolkata Knight Riders on the other hand have to manage their pace bowling resources which are depleted considerably in the recent times.
Their young pacers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti are already ruled out of the tournament due to injuries and recently Anrich Nortje, the South African pacer has been ruled out due to an injury.
This means KKR have little options to pick from their pace bowling department. There is Lockie Ferguson who has attracted eye-balls for his lethal bowling and there is Sandeep Warrior who bowled impressively in the domestic circuit this year.
Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Carlos Brathwaite, Nikhil Naik, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mudhe, KC Cariappa, Sandeep Warrier
Kane Williamson (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill