Sunrisers Hyderabad have managed to win just three matches in eight so far, losing five, as they are in the fifth spot of the points table. Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders have had a mixed campaign, winning and losing four each, as they are currently in the fourth spot.
The 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) is now picking up serious pace as it enters the crucial phase of the league stage. Match 35 would see a clash between two former champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, on Sunday.
Both the teams have had a difficult season so far. While SRH have won just three of their eight games, and losing five, KKR have managed to win and lose four each. SRH are in the fifth spot, while KKR are a spot above, for now. Nonetheless, we take a look at the match preview of this tie.
As far as the teams are concerned, there is a striking difference between the two. While SRH have a well-balanced squad in all departments, KKR lack enough star power. However, the latter has the possession of some deadly young talents, who have proved in the past few matches that they cannot be taken lightly.
Both the teams have been inconsistent of late. While SRH are coming off a loss to former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK), KKR lost their last tie, on Friday, to defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI).
To date, the sides have met on 18 occasions, with KKR winning 11 and SRH winning seven. Their previous meeting between the sides was won by KKR, which was also their first meeting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Weather and pitch condition
The weather would be bright sunny, with the temperature expected to be around 33 degrees, along with a 41% chance of humidity. As for the pitch, it is expected to be on the slower side. The team winning the toss would bat first, as it would get difficult to bat in the second half.
SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
KKR: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Chris Green/Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna and Varun Chakravarthy.
Batsmen: Warner (c), Gill, Morgan, Garg- Warner would be ideal to give the start with Bairstow, while Gill, Morgan and Garg can consolidate the middle-order. Warner's escalating form makes him the skipper.
Wicketkeeper: Bairstow- He is known for giving the start with Warner, while he has certainly been handy behind the stumps.
All-rounders: Russell, Khan- Russell can dominate in both departments, while Rashid is sure to shine with the ball. Rashid's fine form makes him the vice-captain.
Bowlers: Cummins, Sandeep, Khaleel and Chakravarthy- Cummins, Sandeep and Khaleel having been dominating with their pace, as it would be no different in this tie, while Chakravarthy's unpredictable spin could earn huge points.
Players to watch out:
Garg: The batsman is turning out to be SRH's guardian angel, as he has ideally taken up the role of a finisher and would once again be eying a fine knock with the bat.
Karthik: The former captain would now be stress-free. However, it would be interesting to see how he performs with the bat, as his weakness to leg-spinners continues in the tournament.
Last Updated 17, Oct 2020, 4:56 PM