A struggling Kolkata Knight Riders will hope to get its marketing campaign again on observe when it takes on Sunrisers Hyderabad within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 encounter in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Kolkata’s final two matches resulted in two crushing defeats. Eoin Morgan’s males might be left dealing with a steep climb into the playoffs if it fails to iron out the issues. The type of Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell has been a significant concern for them. He has struggled to attain runs and his bowling, although economical in patches, has been light-weight.
What’s additional ailing the Kolkata aspect is the shortage of wickets for its most costly signing, Pat Cummins. The Australian tempo spearhead has two wickets from eight matches. However, Varun Chakravarthy’s miserly bowling within the center overs has been one of many few positives. So far, the Tamil Nadu spinner has held his personal, conceding 7.21 runs an over within the seven video games he has performed. It might be fascinating to see if KKR decides to incorporate Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav – who has performed solely three matches – within the enjoying XI.
The management change on the midway stage, with Dinesh Karthik handing over captaincy to Morgan, additionally places the crew dynamics in flux. The franchise made the announcement hours earlier than its match towards defending champion Mumbai Indians, which it will definitely misplaced by eight wickets. While Karthik has struggled for consistency within the first eight matches this season – save that 58 towards Kings XI Punjab – Morgan too is but to set the stage alight with the bat, his 18-ball 44 towards Delhi Capitals being the one spotlight. Kolkata will hope the duo discover its contact because the enterprise finish approaches.
If KKR hasn’t fired on all cylinders, then Hyderabad’s run has been topsy-turvy. It has received three out of eight however its problem lies in scoring a little bit extra rapidly initially. Its openers Jonny Bairstow and captain David Warner have discovered kind whereas Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson have put their palms up within the middle-overs. That stated, Warner is placing at 121.88 and Bairstow, 129.03. Somewhat urgency will assist inflate the entire and provides the bowlers a bit extra cushion.
The key males
Russell has blown hot-and-cold this season whereas Cummins has proved costly. Possibly, the Knight Riders might be higher served with these two coming good concurrently.
Andre Russell. – BCCI/IPL
With the surfaces slowing down, the Sunrisers will as soon as once more be buoyed by the management and zip that leg-spinner Rashid Khan brings. The bowling appears to be like in fine condition, regardless of shedding Bhuvneshwar Kumar to damage. T Natarajan has stood out along with his skill to bowl yorkers on the dying.
Rashid Khan. – BCCI/IPLT20
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad:
Kane Williamson, David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Virat Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, Abhishek Sharma, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Ok Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Mitchell Marsh, Bavanaka Sandeep, Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav, Rashid Khan
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad:
Eoin Morgan (c ), Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Manimaran Siddharth, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Chris Green, Rahul Tripathi
Match: SRH vs KKR
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi