Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in match number 61 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday.

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders face each other in match number 25 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Friday. The match is being held at the Brabourne in Mumbai. After losing their first two games, SRH claimed successive wins over CSK and GT, respectively, to gain some momentum. KKR have claimed three wins from five games, losing their previous encounter against Delhi Capitals.

This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.

Analysis of RR

With the two wins now, SRH will be confident to test the Knights. Abhishek Sharma has breathed fresh life into the side up front. In Kane Williamson, they have a sound steward who is doing an able job. Williamson has made sure SRH are getting the desired starts upfront alongside Abhishek. The likes of Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, and Nicholas Pooran promise further exploits in SRH’s batting unit. If players click, KKR could be in trouble, given they gave away enough runs versus DC already this season.

With the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan remain the main threat for SRH. They can test KKR and try picking those early scalps. Washington Sundar is set to miss the tie, and in his place, Shreyas Gopal will be coming in. SRH needs Gopal to fill in the void as the primary spinner. 

Analysis of KKR

The Shreyas Iyer-led KKR need to bounce back from the telling defeat versus DC. Bowling-wise, KKR have to step up after giving away plenty of runs. Sunil Narine has been at his best, not giving away much and keeping things in check. However, bowlers need to work on the pressure he creates. Umesh Yadav can be useful in the powerplay overs. Rasikh Salam and Pat Cummins need to support Umesh. Cummins, in particular, has been expensive, and he needs to sort his offerings. In Andre Russell, KKR will have another option. Varun Chakravarthy is there too, but he has not been convincing enough, to say the least. 

KKR could drop Ajinkya Rahane to the bench after a run of poor outings. This can see them open with Sunil Narine. His exploits can be well used. KKR can then get in Rinku Singh or Sheldon Jackson to replace Iyer. They can also get Aaron Finch for Sam Billings and field Jackson for Rahane. Batting-wise, KKR look good, but it is a matter of them playing quality shots and keeping calm. 

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met 21 times in the IPL, with KKR leading 14-7 in the head-to-head record. KKR have won all four matches versus SRH since 2020. 

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Aiden Markram, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan

KKR predicted playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane/Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings (wk), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Rasikh Salam, Varun Chakravarthy

Which team is the predicted winner?

SRH are looking good at the moment and can test KKR’s inconsistent batting. If they get wickets, KKR could be in for some trouble, given you wonder who can take the side over SRH. The batters play too many shots to hold out, which is a concern. SRH also have enough muscle with the ball to get this match under their belt. In what seems to be an even contest, we put our money on the Sunrisers.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

Brabourne has hosted five matches this season in IPL. 

The chasing side has claimed wins on three occasions.

It is a belter of a wicket for batting with 194.2 as the average first innings total this season. So expect a run-feast here on Friday.

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 smashed 378 runs in 13 matches versus SRH in IPL. He averages 34.36. He also needs two more runs to register a mark of 2,500 in the IPL (2,498). Kane Williamson is eight runs shy of amassing 2,000 IPL runs. Nitish Rana (1,889) needs 11 more to hit 1,900 runs. 

The major bowling stats on offer

Right-arm pacer Umesh Yadav (KKR) has scalped 10 wickets at 13.20 this season. Overall, he has 129 career wickets in the IPL. Sunil Narine has taken 147 wickets and is three shy of the 150 mark. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has claimed 146 wickets as well.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Aiden Markram, Sam Billings, Kane Williamson, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi

All-rounders: Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, A Sharma

Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, B Kumar

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, N Rana, Kane Williamson, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi

All-rounders: Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, A Sharma

Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, T Natarajan

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices

Kane WilliamsonThe Kiwi international can bring all his experience into play and give SRH the desired start. He is a superb cricketer who can set in any given stage.

Sunil Narine: The all-rounder can spark things for KKR. If he gets a chance to open the innings, things can work well. With the ball, he is a rockstar and brings consistency on offer.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Abhishek Sharma: The SRH player has fired the goods for his side in the last two games. He looks confident and upbeat. Sharma can make KKR pay and get the desired momentum for his side.

Andre Russell: The West Indian star can be useful with the bat with his big shots. He can win the game on any given day. With the ball, Russell can take the wickets KKR need.

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