Hyderabad hope to tame table-toppers Kolkata
The Sunday night clash between the two top sides at the RGIC Stadium promises to be a blockbuster bigger than Baahubali 2, which has swept the nation off its feet.
Hyderabad hasn’t been at their dominating best but finds themselves 3rd in the points table with 5 wins from 8 games. They started off with two wins and then lost two. They again came back with a win but lost again. They again returned to winning ways with their convincing victory against the Kings XI Punjab two days earlier.
In the context of this season, SRH and KKR are the form-teams. Both teams come into this match at the back of convincing wins in their respective previous matches; while KKR destroyed DD, SRH thrashed KXIP. Both teams have a solid and performing batting line-up, and a well-balanced bowling attack that has the knowledge of how to take wickets. That’s what makes this contest a mouth-watering clash. KKR sit top of the table with seven wins from nine matches, while SRH have 5 wins and 3 defeats, plus one point from the washed-out match against RCB.
When & Where:
30 April 2017, 2000 Hrs IST @ Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Current Status in IPL 2017
SRH: Matches – 9, Won –5, Lost – 3, N/R- 1
KKR: Matches –9, Won – 7,Lost – 2
They have a pretty solid line up and are unlikely to tinker with the winning combination. Kane Williamson who warmed the benches in the earlier part of the season has already played two match-turning knocks in 3 matches. Siddharth Kaul has impressed one and all and is expected to retain his place.
Predicted XI: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Siddarth Kaul.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sheldon Jackson who played his first match the other day is expected to retain his place given Suryakumar Yadav’s horrendous run so far. They bowling and the batting unit have delivered but KKR has some serious issues in the fielding department. Yusuf Pathan has done some school boyish stuff in the field while Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav have also dropped important catches.
Predicted XI: Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav.
Head to Head
Overall: Matches played – 10, SRH Won – 3, KKR Won – 7
Last 5 Matches: SRH Won – 1, KKR Won – 4
When the two teams met at the Eden Gardens earlier this season, Manish Pandey’s 68 powered KKR to 172-6, after which the hosts restricted the visitors to 155-6.
Our Prediction for the game:
KKR have a clear advantage given their form and even in the head to head record they are miles ahead SRH with 6 wins from 7 matches.
But, SRH with not loosing in home this season and getting back to perfect form, They might pll of the match in their side.
Our Prediction goes with SRH 55% – KKR 45%
Given their form, KKR will be firm favourites and despite being the hosts it will be a humungous task for them to overhaul them and stop their winning run. But SRH has a great bowling attack and we might be in for an intense clash.