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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indian Premier League (IPL), Today Match Prediction 24 Mar 2019

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

183/4 in 19.4

9.31 Star

181/3 in 20.0


Kolkata Knight Riders


Sunrisers Hyderabad odds

KKR- 1.58
SRH- 2.20

Toss Winner - Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bowl first

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets

Knight Riders take on Sunrisers at Eden gardens!

  • SRH were the runners up last season and KKR ended in third position after losing to SRH is the second qualifier match
  • SRH has 2-1 win-loss record against the KKR last season and both their wins came at Eden Gardens Kolkata including the qualifiers
  • KKR have a 9-6 overall win-loss record over SRH in the IPL
  • Chris Lynn scored 48, 55 and 49 runs in the three matches against SRH last season

Our prediction is Sunrisers Hyderabad to win!

Tournament: Indian Premier League (IPL) | Format: Twenty20 | Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata | Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL First

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IPL season XII has started, and all the fans are cheering up for their favorite franchises and players.  Kolkata Knight Riders play their tournament opener in their backyard. Dinesh Karthik leads the side and he had a good season last year both with the bat and captaincy. They have the most destructive opening pair with Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine. The Indian players Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana form the middle order with explosive Andre Russell taking care of finishing duties. They have an enviable top seven batting line-up for any T20 team. Anrich Nortje, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti has been ruled out of the tournament with injuries and their pace department looks weak with backup resources. They have Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla along with Sunil Narine to man the spin department. Kiwi Lockie Ferguson, Carlos Brathwaite and Harry Gurney are the pacers available in the squad.  Only one of the three players will get into playing XI in the opening match.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had an excellent season last year, but they only fell short of Chennai Super Kings team. Their Skipper Kane Williamson ended their last season as the Orange cap winner with 700+ runs. David Warner returns to the squad and will open the attack. Shikhar Dhawan was traded to stock their middle order with likes of Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma. Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Vijay Shankar man the middle order. All-rounders Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan add great value to the team. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed are the pace bowlers in the team. They have almost the perfect squad with excellent back-up options such as Johnny Bairstow, Deepak Hooda, Basil Thampi and Billy Stanlake.

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Key Players:

Sunil Narine – Narine has been the Most Valuable player with his explosive batting at top combined with his mystery spin in the middle overs. His contribution to team will improve the team`s winning chances to great extent.

Shubman Gill – Shubman is an exiting talent to watch out for and his stroke making ability is required to hold the team`s middle order in good steads. A good season now will do wonders for his career.

Missing players: Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Anrich Nortje  

Stats from the Previous season:

Dinesh Karthik – 498 runs, Avg- 50, Strike rate – 148, HS – 53, 50s–2

Sunil Narine – 17 wickets at an economy of 7.7 RPO (BB -3/18)

Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing XI:

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Carlos Brathwaite, P Krishna

Kolkata Knight Riders Actual Playing XI:

Sunil Narine, RV Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Piyush Chawla, Andre Russell

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Key Players: 

David Warner – Warner returns to high level competitive cricket after his one-year ban and all eyes will be looking at his performance. 

Rashid Khan – Rashid khan is currently the No.1 ranked allrounder in ICC rankings and his bowling has been sublime for the last 2-3 years and batsmen to struggling to score runs against him.

Stats from the Previous season:

Kane Williamson – 735 runs, Avg- 52.5, Strike rate – 142, HS – 84, 50s–8 - Orange Cap Winner

Rashid Khan – 21 wickets at an economy of 6.7 RPO (BB - 3/19)

Sunrisers Hyderabad Predicted Playing XI:

David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul

Sunrisers Hyderabad Actual Playing XI:

Vijay Shankar, YK Pathan, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, S Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, David Warner

Weather Conditions

Kolkata is one of the pitches in India which has bounce and carry for the pace bowlers and a lot of runs for taking for the batsmen due to fast outfield. Spinners may come into the picture as the tournament progresses as the pitch may wear down. It is expected to be a sunny day with less chances of rain.

Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL First

Teams have found chasing a lot easier than setting the target in the IPL. And almost 70% of teams elected to chase down the target after winning the toss. The Average score in this pitch is around 160-180 runs.

SRH has an overall balanced side compared to the KKR with much depth in their pace bowling department especially. The fresh Kolkata pitch may benefit them more than the home team.

We are backing Sunrisers Hyderabad for the win!

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar