Both teams have won two matches and lost one thus far, and this contest is labelled as the battle of equals. Both KKR and SRH have well-balanced teams.
KKR will be looking for their second consecutive win at home. The Gautam Gambhir-led side boasts of impressive home record, and in their last match, KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab comprehensively. Meanwhile, Sunrisers come into the match having lost to Mumbai Indians.
Knight Riders are unlikely to tinker with the winning combination, and we could once again see Sunil Narine opening the innings. On the other hand, Sunrisres missed the services of all-rounder Moises Henriques against Mumbai Indians. If fully fit, Henriques is tipped to replace Ben Cutting. SRH will be hoping that Mustafizur Rahman finds his feet as he struggled in the last match, which was his first of the season.
While Mumbai Indians (MI) finished on top after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore at the latteras home ground on Friday. Both KKR and SRH are ahead of the team in net run-rate and just a victory away to climb to the top of the points table. Both teams look equally strong with captains and big names in form and the Kolkata crowd can expect a great contest of cricket.
Kolkata Knight Riders :
The biggest setback for the Knight RidersAis the injury of their star opener Chris Lynn, whose innings kick-started KKRas journey in IPL 10. However, the team found an unexpected replacement in their spinner Sunil Narine, whose fast-paced innings took the burden off KKRas middle-order, handing them a comfortable victory. Captain Gautam Gambhir is in a supreme form and in-form Manish Pandey is another name the team can bank on for a stellar performance with the bat.
As far as bowling is concerned,Athe Knights have had a few successful experiments with the likes of Ankit Rajpoot coming good. However, with frontline pacer Umesh Yadav back in action, KKR will have very little to worry about.AWhile Narine cemented his spot with all-round performance in the previous match, they may reconsider bringing Kuldeep Yadav back in place of Piyush Chawla.
The reigning champions have made their intentions clear with their performance so far that they are not ready to give up the title. The top-order consisting Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques and Yuvraj Singh have performed consistently with captain Warner setting example for all of them.
Mustafizur Rahman is likely to get a longer run and Rashid Khan has performed impressively enough to stay in the XI. Bhubhaneshwar Kumar has been as impressive as ever, topping the bowling charts with 7 wickets. He is the current holder of the Purple Cap.
Head to Head:
Matches -A 9
Kolkata Knight Riders a 6, Sunrisers Hyderabad a 3
Gautam Gambhir (c); Sunil Narine; Manish Pandey; Robin Uthappa (wk); Suryakumar Yadav; Yusuf Pathan; Chris Woakes; Colin de Grandhomme; Umesh Yadav; Ankit Rajpoot; Kuldeep Yadav.
David Warner (c); Shikhar Dhawan; Deepak Hooda; Yuvraj Singh; Naman Ojha (wk); Moises Henriques; Rashid Khan; Tanmay Agarwal; Bhuvneshwar Kumar; Ashish Nehra; Mustafizur Rahman.