|Match Date:||21st April, Sunday|
|Match Timing:||7:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||48,000|
|Match Venue:||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium|
The Sunday rumble of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see last year’s runner ups Sunrisers Hyderabad welcome the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. After three consecutive defeats, SRH turned their fortunes around by defeating reigning champions CSK . Considering their superior run-rate of +0.549, a win against KKR will see them climb in to the play off positions. KKR, on the other hand, have now lost four consecutive matches and are in grave danger of missing the top 4 spot if they don’t change that.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL match:
|Key Players in form||SRH – David Warner, Jonny Bairstow
KKR – Nitish Rana, Andre Russell
|Weather Conditions||32℃, 35% Humidity, Winds up to 10 km/hr. No signs of rain.|
|Toss Advantage||Team batting second has won in four of the seven matches last season.|
|Pitch Conditions||Dry, Low-scoring, Spin-friendly pitch.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 151
Highest Total (2018): 182/3 (CSK)
Lowest Total (2018): 119/10 (KXIP)
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 82 m|
|Injury Updates||SRH – No major injuries.
KKR – Andre Russell suffered an injury scare earlier in the week. Against RCB, he looked to nurse a wrist injury. However, with no official word from KKR, the West Indian is expected to play on Sunday.
|Home Advantage||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|Head-to-Head||SRH 6 – 10 KKR (0 Draw)|
|Form||SRH – W L L L W
DC – W L L L L
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (C), Khaleel Ahmed.
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney.
|Impact Player||David Warner, Andre Russell|
SRH vs KKR Dream11 Prediction
Sunrisers Hyderabad did the unthinkable by defeating Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. Agreed, CSK lacked MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo. But it is important to note that the visitors were on a four match winning streak. Contrastingly, SRH had lost three matches before entering the match.
In the first innings they bowled well and restricted Chennai to a modest 132/5. As many as 4 bowlers – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, and Vijay Shankar all registering sub-6 economy rate. Moreover, Rashid scalped 2 wickets for 17 runs, his first this season. This will be an encouraging sign for Hyderabad. On the batting front, it seems that their chances of winning contests are pinned heavily on how the star opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow perform. The middle order can, at the best, support them, but cannot win matches.
And then, there is the curious case of last season’s orange cap winner and incumbent skipper Kane Williamson. Having entered the contest with a shoulder injury. However, during his absence in the opening matches, Mohammed Nabi made the fourth foreign spot in the team his own by performing with both bat and ball. He scalped 7 wickets in four matches besides scoring 40 runs at an average of 20. But then, when the skipper became match fit and featured in games, SRH suddenly started losing matches. Williamson’s performance in them has not been good in those defeats (3, 3). It will, thus, be interesting to see whom the Hyderabad management chooses between the two players.
Things have gone haywire for Kolkata Knight Riders ever since they first faced CSK. Having lost four games consecutively, things look a lot gloomy for them. KKR’s struggles in the middle order and with the spin bowling has been the root cause of these results.
This was on full display in their latest defeat against RCB. Three main bowlers – Kuldeep Yadav (1/59), Prasidh Krishna (0/52), and Harry Gurney (1/42) were hit for a combined 153 runs, amongst the highest this season. In fact, Yadav’s figures were the second-worst for a spinner in IPL history.
Most expensive figures for a spinner in IPL:
59 – Tahir, DD v MI, 2016
59 – KULDEEP, KKR v RCB, 2019
57 – Karn Sharma, SRH v RCB, 2016
57 – Jadeja v RCB, 2017#KKRvRCB
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 19, 2019
Nonetheless, Kolkata admirably did show a true fighting spirit on Friday. It will be a curious sight to see if the team bounces back against SRH.
SRH are the clear favourites to win this contest. However, KKR have shown promise in the last match and they will be desperate to prove themselves. We, thus, back KKR to win this match.
As was witnessed in the last here, the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium is a heaven for bowlers. Thus, choose them aplenty, especially the spinners. Amongst batsmen, openers would be a good option to choose before the spinners come in.
SRH vs KKR Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Jonny Bairstow, Nitish Rana, David Warner, Shubhman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Andre Russell, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Prasidh Krishna, Khaleel Ahmed.
SRH vs KKR Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Dinesh Karthik, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Kane Williamson, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Vijay Shankar, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmed.