Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their faces in the points table with a difference of only two points, but they are both in a precarious position. Depending on other results, things may not look pretty at all for the team that lost in this game until Sunday’s game is over.
Both teams have a soft middle order. The Sunrisers have cut and changed positions four and under through the tournament, and those batting slots still have not been reinforced. Knight Riders have experience there, but continuity is missing.
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“Both teams have reasons to feel confident,” he said. From the Sunrisers point of view, the Knight Riders are likely to be without Sunil Narine, a new captain, and a third straight trying to avoid loss. The Knight Riders know they won the last time the sides met, and like them the Sunrisers enter the competition behind two defeats.
Therefore, it will come down to which team better hide their weaknesses. In addition to the middle-order issues, the performance of two Indian Pace attacks will be important. Neither team is disposed of, they are both missing, and this can be a big morale booster for the winning team.
Manish Pandey hit a half-century for the Sunrisers, but he could only manage 142 runs at the loss of four wickets thanks to the superb bowling of Pat Cummins and Varun Chakraborty. Subsequently, Shubman Gill smashed 70 runs off 62 balls, while Eoin Morgan smashed a 29-ball 42 to give the Knight Riders the victory in two overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Nitish Rana, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Andre Russell, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Pat Cummins, 8 Lockie Ferguson, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Varun Chakraborty, 11 Shivam Mavi
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Johnny Bairstow (wk), 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Priyam Garg, 6 Vijay Shankar, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Shahbaz Nadeem, 9 Sandeep Sharma, 10 Khalil Ahmed, 11 T Natarajan.
Sunrisers do not necessarily have to save Rashid Khan for Andre Russell. This is because they have two left-handed seamers who can bowl the wide yorker against whom Russell struggles. While Khan has dismissed Russell three times in the IPL, the West Indies have a strike rate of 184 against them. Instead, Khan can tear up other Knight Riders batsmen, who score very slow against their own bowling: Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana all have a strike rate of less than 120 with Khan. .
Pitches are now slowing down every day, and the Indian riders of the Knight Riders are not screaming for attention. So why not bring Kuldeep Yadav back? Although Yadav has struggled, the Sunrisers have three foreign batsmen in the top four, and each of them likes speed. Sunrisers are also Yadav’s favorite rivals – he has taken ten wickets against him, which is the highest for him against any team.
Pat Cummins should look for Johnny Bairstow to top the incoming delivery the way he did in the first fixer when he bowled the opener. This is a weak weakness in Bairstow’s game, as he has an average of 18 balls that come to him. Cummins has bowled Bairstow in three T20s and dismissed him twice. Bairstow averages just 3 against Cummins.
Statistics and general knowledge
Entering the weekend, the Knight Riders are the slowest team in the powerplay, scoring 7.1 per over. Sunrisers are the third slowest at 7.3 per over. Overall, they are also the two slowest batting teams, Knight Riders in 8 overs, and Sunrisers at 8.2.
Russell has the worst batting average (7.9) in this IPL, given a minimum of 30 balls.
David Warner (106) and Bairstow (112) are ranked third and fifth respectively on the list of the worst powerplay strike rates of this season (minimum five innings).
Dinesh Karthik has struggled against the Legspiners this season. In six innings and 15 balls, he was dismissed by him four times. He comes to one legspinner every 3.8 deliveries.
Warner needed ten runs to reach 5000 IPL runs. He would become the first foreign player to reach Landmark, and the fourth overall.