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19 May 2018 by Rob

IPL 2018 – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 19th May, 15:30 (UK)

Where? Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Weather? 39c maximum with mostly sunny skies and humidity of 31%

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Sunrisers Hyderabad W5, Kolkata Knight Riders W8

THE TEAM NEWS

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad made it two losses in a row after their defeat to the fired up RCB who came out all guns blazing to pile on 218 which was a total that SRH ultimately could not surpass falling 14 runs short.

  • Although they have already qualified, this is now three poor bowling performances in a row for SRH. Their last three matches have conceded 5/187, 2/180 and most recently 6/218. Although the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar was missing from the team, SRH will want to tighten back up their bowling before the play-offs.

  • With Bhuvneshwar Kumar missing the last couple of matches, it remains to be seen how much longer the veteran quick will be out as they will be loathed to risk him. His replacement, Basil Thampi went for an astonishing 0/70 from his four overs and could miss out regardless of Kumar’s return.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Coach: Jacques Kallis

Captain: Dinesh Karthik

  • KKR claimed a much-needed victory over fellow contenders in the Rajasthan Royals last time out as the KKR bowlers were superb in curbing the influence of the Rajasthan batsmen to restrict the Royals to just 142, a total easily chased down by the KKR batting order.

  • Kuldeep Yadav was the star with the ball for KKR taking 4/20 against Rajasthan and he has now taken 13 wickets in the tournament and has formed a formidable spin combination with Piyush Chawla (11) and Sunil Narine (15).

  • KKR will be happy to reward their players after a crucial victory over Rajasthan and will surely name an unchanged starting line-up for this match.

THE PREDICTION

Another day and another crucial match as KKR come up against the powerhouse of the Sunrisers Hyderabad who are cruising having already qualified but are still turning out solid performances. With the ladder so tight, every match for KKR is like sudden death and will need to produce an all-round performance in order to quell the Hyderabad team. Kolkata’s weakness all year has been their inconsistency within their bowling unit having being unable to settle on their second seamer with Johnson, Curran and Searles all having been used with little success. The instinct is to side with SRH however their bowling performances have been off for the past couple of matches making them ripe for the picking, so expect KKR to capitalise in their quest to qualify for the top-four.

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