Man of the Match: Khaleel Ahmed
In form SRH face an agonizing KKR team!
Our Prediction is Sunrisers Hyderabad to win this match!
SRH put an end their losing streak last match by defeating CSK at Hyderabad by 6 wickets. They lost three matches in a row before that match. Their batting hugely depends on openers David Warner and Johnny Bairstow and they have scored around 450 and 365 runs in the tournament. No other batsmen have crossed 150 run mark so far in the tournament. Skipper Williamson, Deepak Hooda and Vijay Shankar must score more runs to allow the top order to bat freely. On the bowling front, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed form an excellent right-left combo at the start and death. They strangle the batsmen with their accuracy and control. Rashid Khan has been their trump card and is bowling beautifully not allowing any easy runs for the batsmen. He will be a big threat in this sluggish pitch.
KKR have lost four matches in a row after winning four out of their five matches. Their batting line-up is not up to the mark and hugely depends on Andre Russell. Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn have made fifties but are not playing consistently across matches. Andre Russell is their billion dollar man with the bat smoking sixes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nitish Rana and Andre Russell scored nearly 120 runs in last 7 overs in their match against RCB. Their bowlers are struggling to control the run flow in batting friendly Kolkata. Their spinners Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawmla may enjoy bowling at the Hyderabad track. Prasidh Krishna and Harry Gurney are good in patches and anot able to sustain pressure for longer period of time.
Johnny Bairstow – Bairstow is having a breakout season and he is playing responsibly at the top and his partnership with Warner sets up the match for SRH in batting. He scored an unbeaten 61 last match against CSK to help his team chase down the total.
Khaleel Ahmed – He has been and excellent addition to the team and his ability to take wickets at the top is an asset for any team. He has four wickets in the two matches he has played so far.
Stats from the season:
David Warner – 450 runs, Avg. -75, strike rate- 145 , HS- 100, 50s -5, 100s-1
Rashid Khan - 8 wickets at an economy of 5.6 RPO (BB- 2/17)
Kane Williamson(C), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Abhishek Sharma/Shabhaz nadeem
Khaleel Ahmed, Vijay Shankar, YK Pathan, Jonny Bairstow, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, S Sharma, KS Williamson, Deepak Hooda, David Warner
Andre Russell – Dre Russ is playing like a dream and he his scoring runs with unbelievable consistency at a strike rate of nearly 220. He smashed 65 runs off just 25 balls last match with 9 maximums and two boundaries.
Sunil Narine – Narine has been bowling well in last couple of matches and his batting has gone wane this season with just a couple of hits in the power play. He will enjoy bowling at the Hyderabad pitch will aids spinners.
Stats from the season:
Andre Russell – 377 runs, Avg. -75.4, strike rate- 220 , HS- 65, 50s -3 & 7 wickets at an economy of 9.4 RPO (BB- 2/21)
Andre Russell – 286 runs, Avg. -41, strike rate- 155 , HS- 85, 50s -3 & 2 wickets at an economy of 8.5 RPO (BB- 1/12)
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla/KC Cariappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
Sunil Narine, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, RK Singh, Nitish Rana, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa, Andre Russell
Hyderabad pitch has been slow and sluggish this season and batsmen are not able to score freely. The Average score in this pitch will be around 150 runs and anything above it will be tough to chase. Spinners will be crucial in the match with pitch aiding them. Hyderabad will have high temperatures of 35-40 degree Celsius on the macth day.
The pitch gets slower as the match progresses and the 4 PM start nullifies the effect of dew in the second innings. So both teams will look to bat fist on this track. Hyderabad is having an unwanted record for almost 85 % matches being lost by captains winning the toss.
SRH are struggling with their middle order but their bowlers have come to the fore in the last few matches. KKR bowlers are struggling and their batting is over dependent on Dre Russ. The SRh batsmen are more accustomed to pitch than KKR batmen as they are used to Kolkata pitch were the ball comes onto the bat.
We are backing Sunrisers Hyderabad for the win in this game!
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