IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Match Preview
SRH were the runners-up of IPL 2018 while KKR finished third in the table. Last year when these teams met each other in the group stages, they managed to win one match each. However, in the second qualifier, SRH defeated KKR by 14 runs to make into the finals.
Both have met each other 15 times in IPL. KKR won 9 of them and SRH managed to win 6. Overall, KKR have won the title twice while SRH managed to do it once.
On that note, let’s have a look at the key player for each team and their probable playing XI.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Chris Lynn, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Anrich Nortje, Harry Gurney (O), Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, Carlos Brathwaite, Prasidh Krishna
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C), David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Mohammad Nabi, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Jonny Bairstow
Kolkata Knight Riders - Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine is one of the key players for KKR. In IPL 2018, he picked 17 wickets from 16 matches. He has also contributed 357 runs with the bat. It will be interesting to see whether KKR will continue to use him at the top batting order as they did in last year.
Sunrisers Hyderabad - Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan is one of the best spinners in the modern era of cricket. In IPL 2018, he has picked 21 wickets from 17 matches, at an economy rate of 6.68. He had a good BBL this year with 19 wickets from 14 matches. He will be definitely looking forward to continuing his form and, it will be interesting to see how KKR batsmen are going to tackle this young spinner.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(C & WK), Andrew Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha(WK), Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan/Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed.