SRH vs KKR: This game ain’t a dead rubber. This game isn’t going to be a dull header. The teams fight for their survival, as IPL 2019 enters the last set of 5 games.
The men in purple from Kolkata currently stand at 6th position after the RCB bashing at the Eden Gardens. RCB managed to score a mammoth 213. Kolkata honestly looked nowhere close to the total, at least till the 14th over. Then came Andre Russell yet again and scored 65 runs from 25 deliveries. Unreal batting to say the least. Andre now explicitly stated that he would like to bat up the order. More time to settle perhaps gets even more comfortable to clobber the ball.
Baring Russell’s all-round performance and Nitish Rana’s contribution with the bat, it has been fairly a disappointing performance from the KKR. KKR now look forward to playing Hyderabad in Hyderabad, and they clearly know that they are heavily reliant on Andre Russell and would want its other players to contribute further and not make it an Andre-centric affair always.
Coming to Hyderabad, they are on a winning note. Beating the table toppers CSK at home, gave them the momentum that they have longed for. They need to play 6 more games of which they play only 2 home games – one of which is tomorrow and the last home game is played on 29th April against Punjab which surely would not be an easy game to play. Hyderabad would not like to leave things so late. A home win is a must, considering their next five games of which three are against teams which are currently in the top 4.
Heavily reliant on Bairstow and Warner, the SRH management looks at the middle order and ask for answers. Bowling has been fairly successful in restricting the batsmen, however, the chases so far have been miserable baring the Chennai Super Kings game.
The Winner of tomorrow’s game would get back into the Top 4 and both teams look forward to locking horns and get back to where they initially were.
When: 21st April 2019, Sunday
Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Kick-Off Time: 4:00 PM IST
The pitch is expected to remain slow. Especially towards the second half of the game.
Win toss: Bat First should be the mantra. Defending would be easier on this track. Anything above 160, can be a defendable score.
SRH when they last batted first here in a 4 PM start game, they managed to score 231/2 against RCB.
Team News (Predicted XI)
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney/Matt Kelly.
Johnny Bairstow, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahbaz Nadeem and Sandeep Sharma
HEAD TO HEAD
Matches Played b/w each other: 16
KKR Win: 10
SRH Win: 6
In the 2018 IPL, SRH won on two occasions and KKR on one.
- Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo
Of the 5 games played between KKR and SRH at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, KKR have an edge with three wins away from home.
- David Bhai Warner
Of the 11 innings that David has played against KKR for SRH, He has managed to score 466 runs at a strike rate 150 and at an average of 42. The knight riders would love to get him right at the start.
- Russell DADA and his dream form
Russell has amassed 377 runs from 9 innings at an average of 75.
Is currently striking at a Strike rate of 220.46, with 39 sixes and 23 fours.
No batsman in the top 20, has more sixes than fours against his name.
Further, no batsman has a strike rate of more than 200.
- Men in Purple Jerseys! But the race for Purple Cap?
Kolkata’s highest wicket-taker is Andre Russel who has picked just 7 wickets from 9 games.
Further, KKR have no bowler featuring for them in the top 15 of the highest wicket-takers list. (Russell is at the 19th spot)
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Match Timings – 16:00 IST
The prediction is for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the match.
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