Pre Match Analysis
Kolkata Knight Riders have played 5 matches till now and have won 3 of them and are comfortably sitting at the third position in the points table. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad has won two matches out of the four that they have played and is at the eighth position in the points table. Thus, both the teams will be looking to win this match and get two more points.
Kolkata Knight Riders
For Kolkata Knight Riders, the things look a bit ugly because their middle order isn’t consistent and hence the pressure gets onto the bowlers. Moreover, Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane haven’t done much either. Only Shreyas Iyer has scored runs with a good strike rate and hence Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping that Andre Russell and Sunil Narine get their form back. In the bowling department, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy have done well. Moreover, Umesh Yadav has been their top bowler with 10 wickets in 5 games. Now, they need Pat Cummins to step up and form a good bowling attack. Moreover, they have Tim Southee with them but he is unable to find a place in the playing XI.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad performed well in the last two games and hence will be high on confidence. For them, their opening partnership of Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma is the one that gets them on the top of the game. Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran, and Aiden Markram have also performed well and finished the games for them. But an injury to Washington Sundar will pave the way for Shreyas Gopal into the team. Moreover, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natrajan, and Umran Malik are the key bowlers who have performed well for them. They will be hoping for some amazing bowling from Shreyas Gopal in order to take the win against Kolkata.