Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
The lines have been drawn and the purple camp is all set to take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad for penultimate battle to seal a spot in the finals at Eden Gardens on Friday.
WHEN: 25 May, 7:00 pm IST
WHERE: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The Eden Gardens pitch has been considered as one of the better conditions for batting whilst assisting spinners, evident from Kolkata Knight Riders strategy of fielding plethora of spinners over the years.
The weather is expected to remain partly cloudy and humid in the evening.
HEAD TO HEAD:
KKR have won: 14
SRH have won: 9
Kolkata Knight Riders have already eliminated the Rajasthan Royals and now they would be eyeing victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad to fight Chennai in the finals.
The two-time champions are currently on the four-match unbeaten run. KKR have stepped up and taken their game to the next level when it mattered the most. Their biggest strength has been the team effort and not rely on individual brilliance.
The Kane Williamson led side has been one of the most consistent teams of the tournament so far, but they have lost all of their last four matches.
While the top order has been scoring runs, but the middle order has disappointed with the bat, which has hurt the team in crucial games.
The fatal bowling attack of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma and Rashid Khan who have tormented other teams throughout the tournament will have to take the lead once again to seal this one with a win.
- The KKR squad is expected to face their opponents with the same playing combination.
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Utthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(c/wk), Shubhman Gill, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
- SRH would also not tinker with their playing combination.
Shreevats Goswami(wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(C), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hassan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
- Skipper Dinesh Karthik has been in impressive form. He has scored 480 runs in 15 outings.
- Sunil Narine and Andre Russell have made significant contributions with the ball.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
- Kane Williamson has amassed 685 runs in his 15 outing and is the highest scorer in the tournament.
- Siddharth Kaul has taken 19 scalps in the tournament thus far.
Although Kolkata Knight Riders will have a home advantage and Sunrisers have lost their winning touch lately, Sunrisers Hyderabad still remain favourites for the clash.