Are you ready for the Sunday blockbuster?
Wait, it is not a movie blockbuster.IPL slowly moving towards the most intense phase where all teams are fighting hard to find a place in top four positions.On this Sunday evening, no one can expect a better match than this where KKR taking over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has a strong batting line up with two openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are doing well for them.Shikhar Dhawan found his form just at a right time.With the presence of Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh in the middle order, bowlers are going to find it difficult to get through with such a strong batting line-up.
KKR batting line-up is one of the most balanced line-ups.With their two main players Captain Gautam Gambhir and Wicket-Keeper Robin Uthappa fighting with each other for the Orange Cap.Gautam Gambhir is playing the anchor role trying to stay in the crease as long as possible whereas Uthappa is playing a lot faster and trying to score quick runs.KKR strategy to promote Sunil Naraine as an opener is going well up till now and he is expected to open in today’s game as well.KKR have chased nearly 200 runs in previous matches very easily and their batting looking very strong with the presence of Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan in the middle order.This is why KKR sitting right at the top in Points Table.
Clearly, KKR batting line-up somewhere looking like more explosive and consistent than of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack helped them a lot to win the IPL title in 2016.This year again their bowlers doing a fine job with the ball.With Bhuvneshwar Kumar amongst the most wickets and Afghani spinner Rashid Khan bowling well with an economy rate of around 7.00, they are quite solid in the bowling attack.With Ashish Nehra bowled brilliantly in the previous match where he took 3 wickets Sunrisers bowling attack expected to be more aggressive in today’s match.
KKR Bowling line-up is somewhere struggling as they had to make so many changes in their bowling line-up in previous games.KKR is yet to find the best bowling combination from the available resources.Nathan Coulter-Nile is the only bowler who is consistent in giving breakthroughs.Umesh Yadav is giving too many runs and Sunil Narine is not as much effective as he was before changing his bowling action.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is moving well ahead of KKR when it comes to the bowling line-up.
Clearly, today’s game is a battle between bat and bowl where a team with best batting line-up taking over the team with the best bowling line-up.
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders
VENUE: Hyderabad, April 30, 2017
Start time 20:00 local
Expected Playing XIs
Sunrisers Hyderabad 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Naman Ojha (wk), 7 Deepak Hooda, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Siddarth Kaul
Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa (wk), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Umesh Yadav