Kolkata, March 24, Sunday at 04:00 PM IST
After the defending champions Chennai Super Kings took on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener at Chennai, it's time for the runner ups – Sunrisers Hyderabad to carry forward the momentum. Last year runner-ups Sunrisers Hyderabad have travelled all the way to the iconic Eden Gardens to take on two-times title winner Kolkata Knight Riders in the first of the Sunday's doubleheader. The clash is scheduled to begin at 04:00 PM IST in the afternoon. In another clash on Sunday, three-times champions Mumbai Indians will be squaring off against rejuvenated Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
While both the sides have made a couple of changes to their squad, Sunrisers Hyderabad would have been boosted with the return of David Warner. He missed the last edition after the Sand-Gate scandal and is all set to feature against Kolkata. Sunrisers will be missing out their other regular opener – Shikhar Dhawan as the Delhi guy will be seen playing for Delhi Capitals this season. With Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan and Martin Guptill in the ranks, SRH will be eyeing the title this time.
Kolkata Knight Riders who stunned everyone with their gameplay in the last edition are facing a couple of injury concerns even before the start of the tournament. While Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill and skipper Dinesh Karthik make the batting line-up look exceptionally strong, the biggest concern for the KKR this year is their pace attack. Three of their pacers – Anrich Nortje, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi have been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries.
Total – 15
KKR – 09
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is one of the best batting wickets in India, remember Rohit Sharma's 264 against Sri Lanka, it was at this ground only. However, the spinners have a say in the latter part of the game. Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine are expected to be the game changer here.
Average 1st Inns scores – 156
Average 2nd Inns scores – 143
Highest total recorded – 210/6 (20 Ov) by MI vs KKR
Lowest total recorded – 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest score chased – 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest score defended – 114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR
D Warner, W Saha (WK), J Bairstow, Manish Pandey/D Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma/Khaleel Ahmed.
Kolkata Knight Riders :
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (C&WK), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, C Brathwaithe/Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna.
This SRH vs KKR Dream11 prediction is high-risk but you may reap rewards if some assumptions come off. We advise you not to use these teams in small league contests.
KKR wins the toss and elects to bowl first
Team 1 & 2: As per the pitch
Eden Gardens in Kolkata is a good batting wicket which assists spinner as the game wears on. Spinners, especially Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla, love bowling here and can change the game alone with their turns.
Captain & Vice-captain – Big hitters + spinners
Team 3 & 4: Potential match winners
Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Rashid Khan are some of the potential match-winners who will have all eyes.
THIS SRH VS KKR DREAM11 PREDICTION IS HIGH-RISK BUT YOU MAY REAP REWARDS IF SOME ASSUMPTIONS COME OFF. WE ADVISE YOU NOT TO USE THESE TEAMS IN SMALL LEAGUE CONTESTS.