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KKR vs SRH: PRE-MATCH PREDICTIONS

KKR vs SRH: PRE-MATCH PREDICTIONS

THE BATSMEN (VS) THE BOWLERS:

                                The action shifts from the south coast to the east coast, the land of sweets for the first of the double headers of the tournament where the best batting line up will be against the best bowling unit of IPL 2019. KKR boosted up with a heavy and powerful batting and all-rounders department would wish to start their 2019 campaign with a win on the home ground. On the contrary, the last edition finalist would be greatly boosted with the arrival of David Warner returning to the IPL after a miss out last year due to his ban. The heavy bowling unit will be the team’s major strength which would be facing the powers of KKR batters in the first outing.

MATCH: Kolkata Knight Riders (vs) Sunrisers Hyderabad

DATE AND TIME: 04:00 PM, IST on 24.03.2019.

VENUE: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

The largest cricket stadium in India is always a great advantage to the home team favoring spin which is their strength and the run scoring would be in high standards given the aggressive players in either side. There is no dew expected being it a 4 PM starter and the temperature being around 35.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS:

PROBABLE XI: Lynn, Narine, Uthappa, Gill, Rana/Rinku Singh, Karthik (C&WK), Russell, Chawla, Kuldeep, Ferguson and P. Krishna

WHAT’RE THEIR STRENGTHS?

THE POWERFUL BATSMEN:

The KKR top 7 looks the most powerful among the teams with the deadliest opening pair of Lynn and Narine and the likes of great finishers in the form of Russell and Karthik makes them the strongest batting line up. With Gill and Rinku Singh scoring runs in the domestic format makes the team really packed.

THE INSPIRING CAPTAIN:

Normally wicket keeping captains are assumed to get great success evident from the people like Dhoni, Sangakkara and many more. In their walks comes DK with great inspiration to young players in the team which was very helpful in them reaching the third spot last year.

WHAT’S THEIR WEAKNESS?

THE PACE FACTORY:

Like last year, they have been severely affected with injuries to pacers like Mavi, Nortje and more. With the limited options available they will rely on the spinners and all-rounders to bail them out.

THE X-FACTOR: A.RUSSELL

If KKR is going the distance this time it largely depends on this man’s performance. If Russell gives those cameos and match-winning moments with bat and ball and also he remains fit throughout the course of the tournament it will be a great headache to other teams

 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD:

PROBABLE XI:

Warner, Bairstow (WK), Saha (WK), Pandey, Shakib/Nabi, Shankar, Hooda/Abhishek/Yusuf Pathan, Rashid,

  1. Kumar (C), Kaul and Thampi/Khaleel

WHAT’RE THEIR STRENGTHS?

THE BOWLING CONTINGENT:

Unlike their opponent, this team possesses a very strong pace factory which is proven from the fact that talents like Sandeep Sharma and Basil Thampi may have to sit out. Also, with the bowling contingent strong makes Shankar a relaxed batting All-rounder allowing him to consolidate his world cup spot.

THE WARNER RETURN:

One of the most anticipated things this IPL is the return of the Aussie duo of Warner and Smith. With the Aussie cricket board making their call that these two will be picked up to the world cup squad based on their IPL performance and his hunger for runs makes Warner’s return spicier.

WHAT’S THEIR WEAKNESS?

THE MIDDLE ORDER:

Despite the inclusion of Shankar, the middle order looks a lot inexperienced with Pandey, Hooda all searching for runs in recent times and adding insult to the injury is the availability of their regular skipper Williamson who is recovering from an injury.

THE X-FACTOR: RASHID KHAN

The brilliance this Afghan possess is something with his ability to make some 0f the world’s best batsmen dance to his tunes adds great power to the pace-heavy Sunrisers attack which would be very difficult to beat once their batsmen score something on the board.

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