The second chance couldn’t have come any sooner for KKR and SRH as they meet each other at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Both KKR and SRH were at the receiving end in their respective opening encounters and they will be desperate to get things back on track tonight. David Warner got out in the most unfortunate of manners and he will look to make amends in KKR vs SRH My11Circle match up. It is an interesting contest with both sides under the pump, but it could well be a make or break game for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Match 8, IPL 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Saturday 26 September, 7:30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar App
KKR’s captain, Dinesh Karthik, stressed that they will not be judging any of their players just yet, which might indicate that they will stick to the same playing 11.
KKR Predicted XI
Dinesh Karthik (C & WK)
With Mitchell Marsh ruled out, Sunrisers Hyderabad are subject to undergo a change in their playing 11. If Kane Williamson is deemed fit, he’ll just be the right fix for SRH's middle-order woes. If he isn’t fit yet, Mohammad Nabi or Fabian Allen could get into the playing 11.
SRH Predicted XI
David Warner (C)
Jonny Bairstow (WK)
Let's look at the IPL 2020 KKR vs SRH My11Circle Prediction now followed by a few stats and observations explaining each pick
WK: Jonny Bairstow
BAT: Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, David Warner (C)
ALL: Sunil Narine (VC), Andre Russell
BLR: Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Sharma, Pat Cummins, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
SUBS: Kuldeep Yadav(S4), Rashid Khan(S3), Mohammad Nabi(S2), Kane Williamson(S1)
Top scorer for Sunrisers in the first game, Jonny Bairstow is the obvious pick behind the wickets in our KKR vs SRH My11Circle Team. He scored 61 runs in the first game at a strike rate of 141.86, including two sixes. If it has to be Sunrisers, it has got to be Bairstow again.
David Warner was out in the most unlikely manner in the last game, and he will be desperate to compensate come Saturday. He has a phenomenal record against KKR, having scored 552 runs in 12 innings at a strike rate of 152.72. KKR's frontline bowlers don’t seem likely to trouble SRH much. Against Sunil Narine, Warner has scored 141 runs at a strike rate of 162. He is duly the Captain of our team as well. Nitish Rana is the highest run getter for KKR against SRH. Eoin Morgan will be the key for KKR tonight. He will tasked with neutralising SRH's strength in the middle overs. Shubman Gill is a bright prospect and should be considered the same despite his failure in the opening game.
Sunil Narine has 12 wickets against SRH and will probably add quite a few to that tally if SRH's middle-order is exposed to him. He is our vice-captain for the runs that he is expected to score at the top of the order. Andre Russell looked off-beat in the first game. Unable to connect his shots and not really delivering what we know him for. But if KKR are going to have any say in this game, and of the very few names KKR have in their line-up, we expect Russell to be among the top 3 for them. No all-rounders from SRH, but if either of Mohammad Nabi or Fabian Allen start, they should be included in the KOL vs HYD My11Circle Team in the place of Shubman Gill or Nitish Rana.
Sunrisers’ Hyderabad might be more relaxed about their bowling department than KKR can be right now. KKR have definitely missed a trick or two and will be hoping at least one of Sandeep Warrier or Pat Cummins clicks this time. Looking at SRH's top order though, that looks highly unlikely. However, Pat Cummins is expected to pick up a wicket or two at the fag end of the innings and that is why he features in our KOL vs HYD My11Circle Team. Shivam Mavi was brilliant in the first game, and we expect him to continue in the same form today as well. Sandeep Sharma is picked ahead of Rashid Khan, who is unlikely to find his form just yet. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the key for SRH, and will be poised to pick a wicket or two at the top of the order.
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