The Kolkata Knight Riders will play Sunrisers Hyderabad at 9th game of IPL at Eden Gardens, Kolkata at 8 pm today. This is one of the competitions between two consistent IPL teams this year. The KKR won the game against RCB and lost a game to CSK. On the other hand, the SRH won both their games played so far.Match Begins In:
The star player for the team SRH and the captain, David Warner was out of the team due to ball tampering scandals. He was replaced by New Zealand batsman, Kane Williamson. He made a good job as the skipper and Shikhar Dhawan made blockbuster performances as an opener in the previous games.
Without Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the bowlers of SRH, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, and Siddharth Kaul made a terrific performance against Mumbai Indians. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to return to the team for this game.
Coming to the KKR, the openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn made a good performance in the two previous games. Andre Russell scored 88 runs off 36 balls by hitting 11 sixes in the second game to lead the scoreboard of KKR to 202 runs. Though they lost their game to CSK, their confidence levels were not down.
Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine may open the game and Robin Uthappa is expected to bat at No.3. He is one of the consistent batsmen who scored 300 runs in every IPL season. Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik will make the team’s stable middle order and Andre Russell will be the match finisher and is expected to repeat his magic as he did with the game against Chennai earlier. Rinku Singh may bat at the lower middle-order.
If they have favorable conditions, the KKR may cross the mark of 180 runs at an ease.
From Sunrisers Hyderabad, Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan are expected to open the game and Dhawan is the top scorer with 123 runs off 2 matches. The captain Williamson will bat at no.3 and Manish Pandey will follow him to bat at no.4. He is one of the costliest players this IPL. Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, and Shakib Al Hasan will play the part of finishing the game. The SRH is not seen chasing a big target since the two games. But if they bat first in this game, the predicted score may cross 170 runs.
The Eden Gardens, Kolkata is the ground known as the favorable place for the chasing team since years. So, toss plays a crucial role to decide the result of the game.