The 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad for the second time this season will lock horns with the two time champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The clash will mark the 35th match of the longest season of the Indian Premier League ever scheduled.
The Sunrisers who seem to be inconsistent this season find themselves 5th in the points table. While, the Kolkata Knight Riders who were going good this season have fallen well short in their last few games. With two losses in their last two games, the KKR team is placed a vulnerable 4th on the points table.
The previous encounter between the two sides saw the Kolkata side win the match by the cushion of 7 wickets. Though, the team now seems to be struggling to find their rhythm recently, things would not be as easy for Eoin Morgan and Company. The last face-off saw SRH win the toss and elected to bat first. Though they were only able to reach of total of 142 on the board and KKR with the help of a clinical 70 of 62 balls, ended up on the winning side with two overs and seven wickets to spare.
Both the teams are coming on the back of losses as SRH ended up on the losing side against the Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs. While, KKR were crushed by Mumbai Indians by a margin of 8 wickets as once again the batting collapse of KKR meant they could only put up a total of 148 on the board.
Match Toss Time: 13:30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 14:00 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The weather is once again on the clear side. With the temperatures and humidity on the lower side this week, the temperature is said to be hovering in the 29-32 degree range. While the humidity is expected to reach 51% at most.
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been more in favor of the bowlers and is likely to continue the same way as the pitch has been showing signs of slowing down. As seen in the last few matches, any score of 160 plus seems to put the chasing team in the spot of bother. The due will have no part to play this encounter as the fixture is scheduled to take place at noon.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have not reported any injuries from their side. While the team has found a well balanced batting line-up. The no.6 position has been a concern for the team and management. With Vijay Shankar once again failing to contribute for the team. The young Abishek Sharma could make his return to his side.
KKR on the other side have now played two matches without their key player Sunil Narine as the West Indian was warned for suspect action and have ended up on the losing side on both occasions. The management will be hoping he is ready for this encounter as a loss here will make things really tough for the Kolkata team. The return of Narine would mean the Australian spinner Chris Green will have to make way.
Probable Playing Xl
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar/Abishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Chris Green/Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
SRH vs KKR Fantasy Team
Jonny Bairstow(wk), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Abishek Sharma, T. Natarajan, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy
Captain Picks: Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Pat Cummins (KKR)
Vice- Captain Picks: Shubman Gill (KKR), David Warner (SRH)
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