KOL vs SRH Dream11 Prediction: The focus has now shifted to some of the key players of Kolkata Knight Riders in the match against Sunrisers Hydeerabad. The clash will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today. Both the teams are in search of their first points after losing their opening games. We will preview KOL vs SRH Dream11 contest.
Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t play their cards well in the first match against Mumbai Indians. Bowling first, they conceded 195 runs as most of the bowlers proved expansive. Only Shivam Mavi and Sunil Narine were able to restrict the flow to some extent. Pat Cummins needs to find his lengths pretty quickly here otherwise results will remain similar. Kuldeep Yadav is another concern for them as he continued his struggles in the IPL from last year. In reply, only Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana put on some resistance for a while but KKR fell short by a significant margin.
Sunrisers Hyderabad also had a disappointing outing against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first match. Bowling first, bowlers failed to pick up early wickets but they managed to restrict RCB to a total of 163 runs. T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma took a wicket each. In reply, David Warner became the victim of an unfortunate dismissal at the non-striker’s end. After that, Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey jolted a really handy partnership but then came the collapse for the ages. From 121-2, it became 143-9 in a matter of couple of overs. This collapse cost them the match by 10 runs.
In head-to-head comparisons, Kolkata Knight Riders have enjoyed an upper hand against their rivals Sunrisers Hyderabad. KKR have won 10 games while SRH were able to turn the tables on 7 occasions in 17 matches played between them. In last 5 matches, SRH have a lead of 3-2 over KKR. They are meeting for the first time in this country.
Pitch and Conditions
Abu Dhabi pitch played better than the expectation in the last match between KKR & MI here. The ball was coming on to the bat and the batsmen who had their eyes in were able to go big when needed. Only thing to note was the uneven bounce for some of the deliveries. Same attributes are expected for today’s match as well. The weather will remain clear with pleasant temperatures which may encourage dew in the closing stages of the match.
KOL vs SRH Dream11 Teams Match Details
Fixture name: Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 8, IPL 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders have not begun the season as they would have liked ideally. They didn’t turn up against Mumbai Indians and suffered a massive defeat. They may consider a couple of changes in their playing XI today.
Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine will continue to open but Sunil Narine will need to improve his game against the short lengths. Dinesh Karthik should be batting at no 3 position as he did in the last match.
Nitish Rana is a good player of spin in the middle order while Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell should know the over-reliance of this inexperienced batting order on them. At no 7, Rinku Singh is a much better choice than Nikhil Naik but they still may give another opportunity to Nikhil Naik.
Pat Cummins will look to come back after a poor start and same will be the case with Kuldeep Yadav. Shivam Mavi bowled brilliantly but Kamlesh Nagarkoti is a tempting player to bring in the place of Sandeep Warrier in KOL vs SRH Dream11 predictions.
KOL Playing 11 (Probable)
Sunil Narine Shubman Gill Nitish Rana Eoin Morgan Dinesh Karthik Andre Russell Nikhil Naik Pat Cummins Kuldeep Yadav Kamlesh Nagarkoti Shivam Mavi
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team News
Sunrisers Hyderabad have some boxes to tick but they are still a better side than they displayed against RCB in the first match.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow is a fearsome combination to have in the T20 format and this is their main strength. SRH make their game at top of the order regardless of situation.
In the place of injured Mitchell Marsh, they are likely to pick Mohammad Nabi as an all-rounder. With Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar at no 3 & 4, the Afghan should take finisher's role along with a couple of youngsters in Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma.
They will not be making significant changes in the bowling department after just one game. Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the attack with a couple of domestic fast-bowlers under their wings.
SRH Playing 11 (Probable)
David Warner Jonny Bairstow Manish Pandey Vijay Shankar Priyam Garg Mohammad Nabi Abhishek Sharma Rashid Khan Bhuvneshwar Kumar T Natarajan Sandeep Sharma
KKR vs SRH Dream 11 Prediction Today Cricket Match
WK: Dinesh Karthik, Jonny Bairstow Batsmen: Shubman Gill, David Warner, Abhishek Sharma All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine Bowlers: T Natarajan, Rashid Khan, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
Andre Russell will be the most popular pick for the captaincy given that he is looking bowling fit also. Although he looked out of sorts against Jasprit Bumrah in the first match but you always feel a blitzkrieg is just round the corner with Andre Russell. And you don’t want to miss out on that ride, do you?
Sunil Narine bowled well after a costly first over against Mumbai Indians. His batting at top of the order can always be considered as a bonus but you bank upon him as a specialist 4 over bowler. Long boundaries with a slow pitch will also help as he is a tough bowler to get under.
Jonny Bairstow almost took Sunrisers Hyderabad home in the last match against RCB. He is a dangerous batsman in limited overs format and his consistency is second to none. He has a pretty settled base to go for the big shots and his strike-rate will only add to his fantasy points’ armory.
For Grand Leagues
If Dinesh Karthik’s promotion to no 3 position is a long-term prospect for KKR, that will open up a whole new fantasy potential for him. He made a good-looking 30 in the first match against Mumbai Indians. But if he plays at the top, he is likely to consolidate more significant innings. Also his wicket-keeping points will add to your advantage.
David Warner will be looking to start his season in this match after the unfortunate dismissal in the first match. He was league’s highest run-scorer last year and he prospers in the company of Jonny Bairstow even more. The fact about David Warner is he rarely fails in this format and hence a safe bet for the grand leagues.
Rashid Khan is still the most impactful bowler in T20 cricket right now. Teams are now looking to play him out but he still ends up picking crucial wickets. He took 17 scalps in the last season and pitches here will suit him even more as we go deep into the season.
As per our Today Match Predictions, this is a clash between the equals. Both teams look strong in different aspects of the game and that should constitute cracker of a contest today. Sunrisers Hyderabad are top-heavy while KKR’s fire-power lies in the middle order. KKR are slight favourites to win this match but bowling departments of both the sides will decide today’s outcome.
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