It’s matchday again in Abu Dhabi as Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Both teams made a losing start and will be desperate to get back to the winnings ways. We bring you the match prediction of today’s game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Both teams had awful batting display in the last game and the focus will be on their middle-order. Kolkata will want their star duo of Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan to settle down quickly and deliver the goods for their sides. Dinesh Karthik is likely to bat down the order which can bring stability to the side.
Hyderabad-Kolkata look to open accounts
On the bowling front, Pat Cummins’ performance raised eyebrows. Although he looked tired from the onset, the Aussie bowler continued to bowl short-pitch deliveries which didn’t help. Sunil Narine although pulled things back but Kuldeep Yadav needs to take his game to top as Kolkata aim to return to winning ways.
Speaking about Sunrisers Hyderabad, they will have more concerns with a relatively inexperienced middle-order. There’s far too much dependency on the likes of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow which has hurt the team. The think tank might ponder to bring in Mohammad Nabi, who had an excellent time in CPL 2020 as they look to open their accounts.
IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 26 (Saturday) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium starting from 7:30 PM IST
Dew is once again going to be a concern in Abu Dhabi and it won’t be surprising if the team winning the toss decides to field first. However, it has been heartening to see the long boundaries aiding the bowlers ruling out the dew factor.
Predicted Playing XI
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (wk, c), Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Nikhil Naik, Pat Cummins, Shivman Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow (wk), David Warner (c), Kane Williamson/Mohammad Nabi/Fabien Allen, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – Match Prediction
Going into this game, Kolkata have 10 wins under their belt in the 17 matches both teams have played against each other so far. However, conditions are different this time around and the team who can adapt well will have the advantage.
Despite, considering Kolkata have a good spin attack with Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav, they will start as the favourites to win the game.