Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in match number 61 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. KKR are placed seventh in the table, having won 5 and lost 7. SRH are above KKR, winning five and losing six. They have a better Net Run Rate.
Analysis of KKR
The Shreyas Iyer-led KKR have to play well in the remaining two games. With Brendon McCullum being appointed as England Test team coach, he will be keen to finish on a high by seeing KKR win the last two games. KKR have been below-par this season however, the win versus MI in the last game will help them get confidence. Batting wise, KKR are in need of stability. They will hope Venkatesh Iyer scores runs once again. The likes of Nitish Rana, Shreyasn Iyer, and Rinku Singh have work to do.Andre Russell will be keen to perform well.
With the ball, Umesh Yadav had suffered a calf injury and KKR will hope he makes a return after having missed the last two games. Tim Southee and Sunil Narine have work to do and carry this side. Andre Russell can claim wickets when needed. All eyes will be on the struggling Varun Chakravarthy. With Pat Cummins ruled out, KKR could include Shivam Mavi and perhaps drop Sheldon Jackson for Sam Billings.
Analysis of SRH
SRH need their confidence back after 4 straight losses. They have been let down with the ball mainly after doing so well prior to that. Batting wise, a lot of pressure is on the middle-order to perform as the side has failed to get desired starts of late. Onus will be on the SRH openers to come out prepared and add quality runs. Nicholas Pooan has done well in the middle for SRH and he has a crucial job in hand.
Bowling wise, Umran has done well but in the last few games, he has gone cold. Expect a solid show like the last time he did well versus KKR. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has an important role ahead of him.
The two teams have met 22 times in the IPL with KKR leading 14-8 in the head-to-head record. The previous game saw SRH beat KKR this season.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
KKR predicted playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane/, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings (wk), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, S Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy
SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kartik Tyagi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi/Marco Jansen, Umran Malik
Which team is the predicted winner?
We put our money on KKR here. SRH have lost four successive games after winning five on the trot. The bowling has got a bit weaker for SRH and the batting lacks the desired bite.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
Teams chasing here have lost the last six games to highlight how difficult it becomes to chase par totals if the work done is enough batting first. Anything around 155-160 will be crucial scores. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
The major batting stats on offer
Shreyas Iyer (KKR) has 336 runs in IPL 2022 and will be keen to showcase his potential. Rana has 293 runs and is seven away from a score of 300 this season. Andre Russell (281) can also surpass the 300-run mark. He also needs 19 runs to get to a mark of 2,000.
The major bowling stats on offer
Russell has claimed 14 scalps for KKR in IPL 2022. He has 86 wickets in total and can equal Pragyan Ojha’s mark 89. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has 152 IPL scalps and 10 this season from 11 games.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Aiden Markram, Kane Williamson, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, N Pooran
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: B Kumar, Tim Southee, U Malik
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, N Rana, Kane Williamson, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi
All-rounders: Andre Russell, S Narine
Bowlers: B Kumar, Umran Malik, J Suchith, T Southee
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices
Kane Williamson: The Kiwi international can bring all his experience into play and give SRH the desired start. He is a superb cricketer, who can play at any given stage.
Sunil Narine: The all-rounder can spark things for KKR. He has bowled so well this season, commanding respect. He has hardly set a foot wrong amd has tied down batters.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
B Kumar: The Indian bowler will look to showcase his attributes against KKR. He did a reasonable job in the previous game versus KKR.
Andre Russell: The West Indian star can be useful with the bat with his big shots. He can win the game on his own. He always has the tendency to claim wickets as well.