On Sunday’s blockbuster night, Kolkata Knight Riders will go up against Sunrisers Hyderabad in match 3 of IPL 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Both sides will be aiming to start their campaign with a win and set the records straight.
The likes of Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha stepped up to aid skipper David Warner and trump card Rashid Khan last year, whereas T Natarajan’s meteoric rise grabbed headlines. Add a fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the mix, Sunrisers Hyderabad are primed to hold on to their reputation of having the best bowling attack. Hyderabad; however, will miss the service of Jason Roy, who joined the franchise as a replacement of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, had endured a frustrating season six months ago in the UAE but their recent additions give them hope. Shakib Al Hasan, who was a part of the side that won in 2012 and 2014, is back. They have also added Harbhajan Singh to their ranks and will rely on the veteran on slow tracks. Varun Chakravarthy was a revelation last year but they will hope for more wickets from Pat Cummins up front.
IPL 2021: Match 3 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from 7;30 PM IST
Match Prediction – Who will win the match?
The surface will be expected to assist turn, and as a result, expect both sides to accommodate the extra spin option. With Rashid Khan in their ranks, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have a slight advantage over Kolkata Knight Riders on today’s exciting clash.
Meanwhile, when it comes to head-to-head records, Kolkata Knight Riders has an upper hand when it comes to the previous record between the two teams. They have met in 19 IPL matches of which 12 have been won by KKR, while Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the remaining 7.