Except for few brilliant performances from here and there and Andre Russell’s swashbuckling knocks, everything has gone wrong for Kolkata Knight Riders. Dinesh Karthik led side lost their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They now need to win almost each and every match to progress to playoffs. Read on the IPL tips and prediction for the match here.
Kolkata Knight Riders now face Sunrisers Hyderabad whom they have beaten at Eden Gardens. They will now meet each other at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on 21 April. Sunrisers Hyderabad is more or less similar to Kolkata Knight Riders and they ended the three-match losing streak against Chennai. The orange army would be looking for another victory to keep them alive in the tournament.
IPL Tips Performance Check
The victory over Chennai Super Kings came in a better time for Sunrisers Hyderabad. They were looming down in the points table and were struggling.
Without the inclusion of Kane Williamson in the side, Sunrisers looked a bit weak in the batting line-up. Vijay Shankar was the only one who seemed to be confident without Kane Williamson. His inclusion in the playing eleven would be a strong boost for the team. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner have been involved in a multiple opening stands which have been the highlight for the team this season. They have been the reason for almost all the wins in the tournament so far.
The captain showed brilliance in bowling and fielding changes in the last match. Rashid Khan has been economical and he would have a role to play against Andre Russell seeing the success Imran Tahir had against him.
It won’t be easy for them to battle against strong Kolkata Knight Riders team but Kane Williamson has proven impactful with his captaincy and we might see a game changer. Sunrisers might have lost a lot of matches but still, they can topple any side.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Nothing has gone their way. They have toppled from the first position in this edition to the sixth position in the points table. The Shahrukh Khan-owned franchise has lost four matches in a row. The last match they won was against Rajasthan Royals.
The batting line-up is not consistent and there has been overpressure on Andre Russell to win them matches. In the last match, there was limited time for Nitish Rana and Andre Russell which cost them the match. Though Andre Russell has been the crucial player in this edition of IPL, the other batsmen have not been consistent enough to support him.
Robin Uthappa has been scoring at less than run a ball and this has led to pressure on the batsmen to follow. He has not performed as per the shorted over format and this has led to lower targets while batting first.
Their bowling attack has been somewhat good with Kuldeep Yadav not dealing the damage as he was expected but other players have done decently well. Harry Gurney has provided the franchise with another dimension. Andre Russell and Prasidh Krishna have done pretty well for the team. They also have bowlers like Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine at their disposal.
Head to Head Tipster
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders have met in 16 matches against each other in the Indian Premier League with the Sunrisers winning 6 of those and the latter 10.
IPL Tips Playing XI Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
IPL Tips Playing XI Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell/Carlos Brathwaite, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
Pitch & Weather Condition Tips
Weather will not interrupt the game at any moment. Pitch here at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is good for batting and we might expect a high scoring match.
Toss Prediction Tips
The pitch at Hyderabad offers more help for the bowlers in the second half of the game. Last three matches played here have been won by the team batting first and hence team winning the toss would opt to bat first.
IPL Tips Prediction
It would be an important game for both the teams. A win here would move them higher in the points table. It won’t be easy for Kolkata to score runs against Sunrisers’ strong bowling attack. Sunrisers have home advantage and because of which they are much better paced than Kolkata Knight Riders. Sunrisers Hyderabad might break the ice.