24th March, Sunday
Expected Crowd Turnout:
Eden Gardens Stadium Kolkata, West Bengal.
As both the teams enter their first match with renewed optimism of bettering upon last year’s performances, here is a detailed analysis of Sunday’s contest between KKR and SRH.
Key Players in form
KKR – Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn
SRH – Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan
35℃, Minimum humidity, No Rains.
Team batting first has won in four of the five times last season.
Venue Stats (2018)
Average Total: 161
Highest Total: 210/6 (MI)
Ground Size: Eden Gardens
Side Boundaries: 70m, Down Boundary: 84 m, Back Boundary: 59 m
KKR – Anrich Nortje (Shoulder), Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Sandeep Warrier will be replacing him)
SRH – Kane Williamson (Shoulder), Andre Russell (Knee)
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR 9-6 SRH (0 Draw)
Dinesh Karthik(WK/C), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Carlos Brathwaite, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha(WK), Yusuf Pathan, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shakib Al Hasan, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
Prediction for KKR vs SRH
KKR will be looking to pick things where they left last season- a 14-runs Qualifier defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Except for that disappointing outcome, they had been impressive under the inspiring leadership of seasoned campaigner Dinesh Karthik who took the reigns from Gautam Gambhir. The veteran Stumper-batsman led from the front, collecting 498 runs and finished as the team’s top scorer.
Like Karthik, SRH captain Kane Williamson also outperformed his teammates with a stunning display of willow. Coming in as a replacement for the outgoing David Warner, Kane ended the season with a haul of 735 runs, winning him the Orange Cap. His able captaincy also meant that SRH went as far as the finals, only to be beaten by the eventual champions CSK.
However, Hyderabad have dealt with a massive blow after Kane Williamson was ruled out of the initial few matches wing to a shoulder injury that he caught against Bangladesh. Nonetheless, the return of David Warner will be a huge boost to the team’s underperforming batting.
Head coach @TomMoodyCricket gives his insights going into our first game. Tune in tomorrow 4 pm onwards as the SunrRisers take on the Knight Riders. #OrangeArmy 🧡 #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/a0ypyBdON9— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 23, 2019
Talking about injuries, KKR are the most affected of the two. The team from the east have lost Mavi, fellow U-19 World Cup winner Kamlesh Nagarkoti along with the South African pacer Anrich Nortje. Nonetheless, the team will hope that the acquisition of the young K.C. Cariappa, New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, English left-arm Harry Gurney, and West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite will do the trick.
Both the teams are well balanced on paper and choosing a winner will be extremely difficult. Nonetheless, considering their head to head record, home advantage, and squad, it feels like Kolkata Knight Riders have the edge between the two teams.
How should your Dream11 squad look like?
Considering that it is a batting-friendly surface, choosing between 4-5 big hitters would be advised. Choosing 2-3 all-rounders would do the trick. In bowlers, try to choose spinners. Kuldeep Yadav is a highly recommended player, considering his record at the venue.
Dream11 Team 1:
Robin Uthappa, David Warner, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Chris Lynn, Jonny Bairstow, Kuldeep Yadav, Rashid Khan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Vijay Shankar.
Dream11 Team 2:
Shubman Gill, David Warner, Carlos Brathwaite, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, Rashid Khan, Sunil Narine, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.