The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 49 being played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. KKR are placed fourth in the standings with 10 points from 12 matches. A win for KKR will see them keep their hopes alive of making it to the playoffs. Meanwhile, SRH can be the perfect party spoilers. They are placed bottom and are already knocked out.
KKR have won three and lost two since IPL resumed in the UAE last month. It was a strange decision by the management in terms of team selection against PBKS. KKR lost Lockie Ferguson and replaced him with a batter in Tim Seifert. By doing that, they needed to bat PBKS out of the game being a bowler short. And that backfired coupled with poor fielding. Not going with Ben Cutting or Shakib Al Hasan instead hurt the side.
SRH were beaten by CSK the other day and their batting continues to be problematic and inconsistent. This has played a major role in SRH suffering so many defeats this season. If SRH are to stop KKR, they need players to step up with the bat and deliver. Bowling wise, they have a strong unit under their belt.
This will be the second game of the day as we have a double-header on offer.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
KKR have to get the team selection right and by going another bowler short will dampen their chances in a must-win scenario. Shakib Al Hasan is the best bet to come into the side and form a strong spin unit alongside Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy. If Andre Russell is good to go, then he is the best bet. Ferguson will hope to return and that means Tim Southee may drop out. KKR will look up to Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi for the runs. With the ball, Varun holds the key.
SRH were poor against SRH and fell short with the bat. That’s a major area of concern as they fail to produce the goods on a consistent basis. Jason Holder is their main bet. His all-round skills will play a decisive role for the Orange Army. Rashid Khan has continued to pick wickets and KKR need to be wary of the wrist-spinner in the middle overs. SRH will hope the aggressive Jason Roy delivers with the bat.
Probable playing XIs: KKR vs SRH
KKR probable playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson/Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
SRH probable playing XI:
Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Jason Roy, Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Venkatesh Iyer, Jason Holder
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Jason Roy, Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Venkatesh Iyer, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Tripathi and Saha fit both teams. Both players are of the utmost value for their respective teams and have given the side consistent starts. They are the prime hopes and crucial in the top-order roles. A good start will be expected by the two once again.
Holder is the all-rounder that can be picked. He brings plenty to the table and offers match-winning attributes. Venkatesh is also a prime option.
In the bowling department, Rashid is the main customer. He is bowling well and holds the card for SRH. Varun is the ideal bet and is a dangerous entity as well for KKR.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Rahul Tripathi: The number three batsman of KKR is a must watch and brings plenty to the table. He is their highest scorer in IPL 2021 and can chip in with useful runs. Tripathi is a handy batsman for his side and promises several shots in his armoury.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan spinner can get you the desired wickets in the game and is SRH’s best bowler. His tight spells and ability to come in and play some boundaries with the bat makes him a certain feasible option as captain. He has 14 wickets with an economy rate of 6.20.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Iyer is a sound option. He can get KKR to perform with his excellent batting form and credentials as a medium pacer. He is a genuine contender for the deputy role. Apart from Iyer, SRH’s Holder can be picked as well. He brings so much character and value.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch in Dubai is expected to favour bowlers and batters given the dual role of the wicket. Batsmen will need to be smart with the choices they make. Pacers will have their moments and one could see a lot of slower balls and cutters. Spinners will have a role as the match progresses. The weather is expected to be hot and humid.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
In the previous meeting this season, KKR won the match by 10 runs.
The two teams have faced each other on 20 occasions. The tally sees KKR winning 13 and SRH 7.
We feel KKR will come out on top here. They are expected to bounce back against an inconsistent SRH outfit.