Jason Holder’s inclusion made a big impact but with the first few games in Chennai, Mohammad Nabi might get to play and he is a fierce striker as well.
KKR won twice in 2020 to stretch their head to head wins to 12 from 19 matchesSRH vs KKR Head to Head Analysis
Manish Pandey – 61(44)
Abdul Samad – 19(8)
|Current Bowler||Pat Cummins – 4.0ov – 30/1|
|Current Run Rate||8.85|
|Toss||Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bowl.|
|Home Team||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
|Score: 5-177 | Overs: 20.0|
|Away Team||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Score: 6-187 | Overs: 20.0|
|Umpires||Ananthapadmanabhan, K N|
Menon, N N
Gaffaney, C B
|Match Referee||Kutty, V N|
|Wriddhiman Saha||b: Al Hasan||7||6||0||1||116.67|
|David Warner||c: Karthik b: Krishna||3||4||0||0||75.00|
|Manish Pandey||not out||61||44||2||3||138.64|
|Jonny Bairstow||c: Rana b: Cummins||55||40||5||3||137.50|
|Mohammad Nabi||c: Morgan b: Krishna||14||11||2||0||127.27|
|Vijay Shankar||c: Morgan b: Russell||11||7||0||1||157.14|
|Abdul Samad||not out||19||8||0||2||237.50|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 8.85)||177/5|
|Fall of wickets: 2-10 (Wriddhiman Saha, 2.1), 1-10 (David Warner, 1.3), 3-102 (Jonny Bairstow, 12.6), 4-131 (Mohammad Nabi, 15.6), 5-150 (Vijay Shankar, 17.6)|
|Shakib Al Hasan||4.0||0||34||1||8.50||0||0|
|Nitish Rana||c: Shankar b: Nabi||80||56||9||4||142.86|
|Shubman Gill||b: Khan||15||13||1||1||115.38|
|Rahul Tripathi||c: Saha b: Natarajan||53||29||5||2||182.76|
|Andre Russell||c: Pandey b: Khan||5||5||1||0||100.00|
|Eoin Morgan||c: Farooq b: Nabi||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Dinesh Karthik||not out||22||9||2||1||244.44|
|Shakib Al Hasan||c: Farooq b: Kumar||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 9.35)||187/6|
|Fall of wickets: 4-160 (Nitish Rana, 17.3), 1-53 (Shubman Gill, 6.6), 2-146 (Rahul Tripathi, 15.2), 3-157 (Andre Russell, 16.2), 5-160 (Eoin Morgan, 17.4), 6-187 (Shakib Al Hasan, 19.6)|
In game three of this IPL 2021, the only two teams with overseas captains square off. It is Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
SRH have been supremely consistent in the last few years. Ever since they won the title in 2016, they have made it to the playoffs in every single season. They are once again shaping up very well this year. The top-order looks solid and the middle-order which has been a massive hole for them in the past, looks decent as well.
Towards the end of last year, SRH sorted out their middle-order mess as they pushed Wriddhiman Saha to open the batting alongside David Warner and slotted Kane Williamson at No. 4 with Manish Pandey at 3.
Jason Holder’s inclusion made a big impact but with the first few games in Chennai, Mohammad Nabi might get to play and he is a fierce striker as well. The bowling attack is looking extremely good. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be back to lead the attack while T Natarajan’s emergence is a big plus while Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma are top options as well and then there is the bankable Rashid Khan.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders also seem to wear a settled and a solid look. Their top-order is the main concern and the batting in the powerplay was their major concern as they just couldn’t get going. It hasn’t really been sorted this time around either as they have a similar squad but they have added Shakib Al Hasan who could potentially bat at 3 but that would mean Sunil Narine has to miss out. 4, 5, 6 is as good as it gets as Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell are some of the best T20 hitters in the world.
The bowling is looking in decent shape as well. Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson are two quality overseas options but only one of them might play. Prasidh Krishna is coming off a high after playing for India in the ODIs against England. The KKR management will be slightly concerned around Kuldeep Yadav’s form but with Varun Chakravarthy and the experienced Harbhajan Singh in the ranks, they have good backups.
Team news: Sunrisers Hyderabad
Mitchell Marsh pulled out of the upcoming season of the IPL and Jason Roy has been named as his replacement. All players are fit and available for this game
Team news: Kolkata Knight Riders
Nitish Rana tested positive for COVID-19 well before the tournament. He has returned a negative report and has joined the KKR squad as well. Varun Chakravarthy’s fitness has been a concern and he missed a couple of international assignments because of that. However, he will be available for the first game and there are no injury concerns in the KKR camp.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar/Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Shakib Al Hasan/Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav/Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
David Warner: David Warner has turned into an IPL beast. The left-handed opener has been a bank at the top of the order for SRH. He has smashed at least 500 runs in each of the six season that he has turned up for the Hyderabad franchise. Warner has amassed a staggering 3819 runs at an average of 52.32 and a strike-rate of 144.99 for SRH and in 87 matches, he has recorded 38 half-centuries and two hundreds. Thus, there is absolutely no doubt that Warner will be the key for SRH once again.
Andre Russell: Andre Russell didn’t have the best of seasons in 2020. He scored just 117 runs in nine innings and took only six wickets. Moreover, injuries constantly troubled him. However, the hard-hitting Jamaican all-rounder will be looking to redeem himself this time around. He will be the X-factor player for KKR. Moreover, Russell likes playing in Chennai and in four IPL games, he has smashed 158 runs at an average of 79 and a strike-rate of 166.32. In fact, his last two IPL scores at the Chepauk read 88 not out and 50 not out. Thus, Russell will be the one to watch out for.
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