Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Fantasy Cricket Preview

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Qualifier 2 Indian Premier League 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders will come up against each other in the penultimate match of VIVO IPL 2018. Qualifier 2 is the last hurdle before one of these teams can progress to the title clash.

The Sunrisers need to arrest their four-match losing streak if they hope to make the final. Prior to their four back-to-back losses, SRH were on a roll; they had won 8 of their first ten matches, had stitched together their longest winning streak (6 matches), and became the first team to secure a playoff berth. Their form has fallen away alarmingly. In the first three losses, the bowlers came under the pump, while in the recent loss to CSK in Qualifier 1, the batting came apart altogether.

Momentum can do wonders and work like magic in T20 – if it is the right kind. To snap a losing streak is a challenge by itself; to be asked to do so in a knockout match compounds the level of pressure. Will SRH be able to cope with the pressure and pull one off?

The Kolkata Knight Riders’ journey is just the opposite; they are on a four-match winning streak and have the right kind of momentum. Most recently, in the Eliminator, they defeated the Rajasthan Royals, who at one stage were comfortably placed in their run-chase. That is what momentum can do; KKR got one little opening when Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed, and they seized that opportunity and forced a win.

 

When: May 25,07:00 PM IST

 

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

 

Pitch Conditions

The Eden Gardens track is considered as one of the better batting surfaces although spinners tend to come into action as the match wears on. Spinners have enjoyed bowling here in IPL games as well.

 

Venue Stats IPL

 

Total matches 69
Matches won batting first 26
Matches won bowling first 43
Average 1st Inns scores 156
Average 2nd Inns scores 143
Highest total recorded 210/6 (20 Ov) by MI vs KKR
Lowest total recorded 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest score chased 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR

 

Head to Head

Total Matches Play 14
Won by Kolkata Knight Riders 5
Won by Sunrisers Hyderabad 9

 

Head to Head at Eden Gardens

Total Matches Play 6
Won by Kolkata Knight Riders 5
Won by Sunrisers Hyderabad 1

 

Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)

Kolkata Knight Riders: W W W W L

Sunrisers Hyderabad: L L L L W

 

Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders

Not looking for any change

Sunrisers Hyderabad

They should stick to the same line-up.

 

SQUAD

Kolkata Knight Riders : Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mitchell Johnson, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Tom Curran

Sunrisers Hyderabad : Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Alex Hales, Wriddhiman Saha, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan

 

PROBABLE11

Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

 

KEY PLAYERS

Sunil Narine

Chris Lynn

Andre Russell

Kane Williamson

Rashid Khan

Shakib Al Hasan

 

Player to watch

Prasidh Krishna

 

Stats that matter

  • Five KKR batsmen have made 300 runs or more: Dinesh Karthik (490), Chris Lynn (443), Robin Uthappa (349), Sunil Narine (331), Andre Russell (313). Sunrisers, meanwhile, have two. Kane Williamson, who is 15 short of becoming only the fifth player to score 700 runs in an IPL season, and Shikhar Dhawan (437)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is four wickets shy of joining an exclusive list – bowlers who have picked up 100 wickets playing for one franchise. Awaiting his entry are Lasith Malinga (154 for Mumbai Indians), Harbhajan (127 for Mumbai) and Narine (111 for KKR)
  • Considering the quality of other wicketkeeper captains in IPLs – Adam Gilchrist, MS Dhoni, etc – Dinesh Karthik will savour becoming the first of his kind to 500 runs in a season
  • Sunrisers’ economy rate in the death overs has risen from 7.49 to 11.87 over the last five games. Individual numbers have taken a hit too. Bhuvneshwar (8.2 to 15.1), Kaul (6.5 to 9.9), Shakib (7 to 13.5)

 

Fantasy pick for Dream 11

Cap / Vc – Sunil Narayan, Chris Lynn, Kane Williamson & Shakib Al Hasan

If you want to take rish for grand league go with  Prasidh Krishna & Bhuvneshwar Kumar

 

 

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