KOL vs SRH Dream11 Prediction: The contest between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2016 has followed a peculiar pattern with both teams not managing to string a couple of wins together like if KKR wins one match, SRH wins the next and KKR will make a comeback and the pattern continues with a new Man of the Match emerging for every game. Kolkata Knight Riders should win this game if the pattern is followed, but cricket rarely does adhere to such stuff. Both teams suffered losses in their respective first games and would want to open their account in this match.
Kolkata Knight Riders produced a dismal performance against the defending champions Mumbai Indians in their first league game at Abu Dhabi with Rohit and Bumrah making fun of their bowling and batting. Their bowling attack lacks venom at the top failing to pick early wickets which makes life tough for the spinners. Cummins wasn't at his best against MI and needs to hit the straps pretty quickly to justify his hefty paycheck. Nagarkoti's exclusion is a topic of debate with them preferring Mavi and Warrier over the young fast bowling all-rounder. There's a chance of them bringing in Nagarkoti in place of Warrier for today's match.
Sunrisers Hyderabad's team selection against RCB was baffling, to say the least with them picking P Garg and M Marsh over the likes of V Singh, A Samad, M Nabi and F Allen. With M Marsh ruled out of the tournament after enduring a calf injury against RCB, SRH will be forced to bring in either one of Nabi or Williamson into the eleven. Nabi might pip Williamson due to his bowling value which will be used as a match-up against Rana and Morgan. There's also an outside chance of them replacing Sandeep Sharma with one of the Indian pacers.
The last two matches at Abu Dhabi provided enough assistance to both batters and bowlers. The squares boundaries are a bit long measuring at 74m and there’s also the wind factor to contend with. The par score at this venue is 160 but can expect more with quality batsman from both sides. The presence of dew will be felt with the humidity levels to be at 73%.
KOL vs SRH Dream11 Prediction
KOL Dream11 Playing 11 (predicted)–
D Karthik (C & WK)
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D Karthik – D Karthik promoted himself to No.3 after the wicket of S Gill against MI. It was a basic tactic to keep the LHB-RHB combination going with the cushion of Morgan in the middle-order. His records against the SRH bowlers are impressive too and his wicket-keeping points are a bonus.
A Russell – The devastating all-rounder was dismissed off a leg-cutting yorker by Bumrah against MI. Except for Rashid Khan, no bowler in the SRH team can trouble him.
S Narine – Narine’s bowling numbers against the current SRH batsman barring D Warner is impressive and he can play a cameo with the bat.
E Morgan – The English white-ball team captain had a silent start to this year’s IPL but can destroy the SRH bowling unit this match especially with his stellar match-up with Rashid Khan.
SRH Dream11 Playing 11 (predicted)–
D Warner (C)
J Bairstow (WK)
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D Warner– The most complete T20 batsman in the world with no apparent weakness against any bowling type.
Rashid Khan – He had an off-day against RCB going at more than 7 runs per over but has the numbers against the KKR batters apart from E Morgan.
J Bairstow – Cummins or Narine can trouble him but it’ll be countered due to his pairing with Warner at the top and he provides valuable wicket-keeping points too.
M Nabi – If at all he plays, he’s a direct match-up to the likes of Narine, Morgan and Rana. His batting points can come handy.
KKR vs SRH Dream11 Team Match-Ups
D Warner – The Complete T20 Batsman
Warner’s effect with the bat has been discussed a lot and he has little to no chinks in his armour against any type of bowling. He had scored the most runs against KKR with 829 runs at 43.63 striking at 147.77 until Rohit overtook him in the last match. Only an unfortunate run-out like the one against RCB can stop him.
E Morgan vs Rashid Khan
We all watched in awe when E Morgan took on Rashid Khan at Old Trafford in the 2019 CWC en route to his madness fuelled 148 from 71 balls. He has a good record against the Afghan leggie in T20s too and it can be the match-up that defines the game.
Team Composition Preferences –
1). All Rounders – Narine, Russell and Nabi are the main options in the all-rounder’s spot. Others aren’t even reliable as a differential pick.
2). Batsman – Warner should be a must and stack the team with other top-order batters and give more preference to left-handed batsman.
3). Bowlers – Give more preference to fast bowlers who bowl at the death.
4). Wicket-Keeper – It is one of those matches where both the keeper options are great and can even pick both.
Having more SRH players in the KOL vs SRH Dream11 Match Prediction team is preferable.
Captaincy Picks –
D Warner is an obvious choice and the next best options are the two wicket-keeper batsmen in Bairstow and D Karthik. Morgan and Russell make a case with the fragile top-order of KKR. If you’re looking for an off-field choice, go for the spin bowling all-rounders Nabi or Narine or Rashid Khan.
Differential Picks –
K Nagarkoti – Nagarkoti, if he plays can be the greatest differentiator with his pace, movement and death bowling skills sure to trouble the SRH batsman.
T Natarajan– The Tamilnadu left-arm pacer had a decent first match for SRH against RCB and the fact that he bowls predominantly at the death helps him to pick some wickets.