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Earlier than the craze of the IPL started, the individuals of Kolkata and Hyderabad have been locking horns with one another for hundreds of years, with each cities trying to say bragging rights over the opposite for his or her totally different variations of biryani.
On Saturday evening, the Kolkata Knight Riders face the Sunrisers Hyderabad within the battle of the biryanis.
Final time they met: Hyderabad, April 2019Batting first, Kolkata have been destined for 200-plus having reached 1-50 within the fifth over. However some poor batting and high quality bowling from Rashid Khan (1-23 off 4 overs) and Khaleel Ahmed (3-33 off 4 overs) noticed the Knight Riders put up a meagre complete of 8-159. Half-centuries from David Warner (67 off 38) and Jonny Bairstow (80 off 43) made certain there have been no points within the Sunrisers’ run chase, profitable by 9 wickets with 30 balls to spare.
Each groups began their 2020 IPL marketing campaign with a loss and will likely be seeking to get again on observe with a win at Abu Dhabi. The Sunrisers’ opening-match loss to Bangalore turned sourer following Mitchell Marsh being dominated out of the rest of the match. Nevertheless, they’ve a high quality all-rounder by the title of Mohammad Nabi who’s significantly better suited on these UAE wickets.
The Sunrisers have a high quality prime three in David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey.
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However their center order is closely inexperienced and is prone to be uncovered extra usually all through the match. Regardless of scoring a half-century, Bairstow may must make manner for Wriddhiman Saha whereas Kane Williamson is available in for Priyarm Garg to strengthen Hyderabad’s prime 4 and guarantee their center order isn’t as uncovered as their XI from the primary sport.
One other choice that shocked me within the Sunrisers’ first sport was the omission of Khaleel Ahmed. Ahmed took 19 wickets within the 9 matches he performed final yr and completed within the IPL’s prime 5 wicket-takers. Among the many prime 40 wicket-takers within the earlier season, solely Kagiso Rabada (14.72) had a greater bowling common than Khaleel (15.1). He has to come back into the Sunrisers’ enjoying XI for Thangarasu Natarajan.
As for Kolkata, solely Shivam Mavi (2-32 off 4 overs) and Sunil Narine (1-22 off 4 overs) supplied any type of management with the ball of their first sport. Pat Cummins most likely had the worst T20 spell of his profession, conceding 0-49 in three overs. He’s a world-class bowler, however you can’t bowl the Australian size on UAE pitches. Cummins saved on pitching it again of a size and continued to be pulled away for sixes towards Mumbai.
KKR have some massive names of their squad: Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins alongside two achieved Indian T20I gamers in Dinesh Karthik and Kuldeep Yadav. However the inexperience of their Indian quicks is worrying, they usually’ll must rectify that quickly. Whereas it’s important to not make wholesale modifications, the likes of Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav and Pat Cummins will likely be apprehensive that ought to they not carry out persistently, a spot on the bench awaits them.
Regardless of the opportunity of dew within the second innings, I see Kolkata as slight favourites. They’ve been primarily based in Abu Dhabi for the previous few weeks, and the cobwebs will likely be out after a rusty first sport. With calming heads in Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan and head coach Brendon McCullum within the dressing room, they’ll know to not panic after a 49-run loss. In the event that they get the one-percenters proper towards their opponents, then I see nothing lower than a Kolkata win, particularly if the Sunrisers preserve that fragile center order.
Predicted XIsKolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (captain and keeper), Nikhil Naik/Rinku Singh, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.