About the Match
Eden Gardens, yet again, will host one of the most thrilling and anticipated fixture, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, of Indian Premier League season 9. Hyderabad Sunrisers is through to the playoffs, though, a win at Kolkata would mean the Sunrisers will finish in the top two, along with Gujarat Lions.
The Knight Riders, on the contrary, are on the verge of eliminations. The KKR would play tough to grab the two points which will put them into the playoffs since they have a fairly better run rate. Nonetheless, the toss winning captain will have no hesitations in fielding first. With bright sunlight, the Eden Gardens pitch will offer turn for the spinners.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Expect the openers Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir to flame on all barrels toward the beginning. They will be mindful against the pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman and would hope to focus on alternate bowlers. KKR would love to score put at least 50 on the scoreboard in the powerplay overs, without losing a wicket.
Will Russell be fit for this crucial fixture? Russell has been an imperative figure in the IPL 9 campaign for KKR and could be sent up the order. On the off chance that he passes up a major opportunity, they may keep on playing Jason Holder. Brad Hogg will likewise be a solid contender for a spot in the eleven.
The major responsibility lies on Shakib and Yusuf to bat the resistance out of the diversion by giving the push in the back end of the innings. The KKR have the bowlers to back a decent batting execution. They ought to hope to play Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav ought to be given a chance to demonstrate his courage in this crunch game.
There is way too much dependency on Warner as far as the batting is concerned. Warner was the sole batter who turned up against the Daredevils at Raipur and the others would need to pull their socks up. With guys like Shikhar Dhawan Eoin Morgan and Yuvraj Singh in their team, Hyderabad would want equal contributions from them in order to secure a win and go through to the top two in the points table.
Yuvraj has been in pretty good form after returning from the ankle injury and he will be the key in the middle order. Deepak Hooda at no. 3 will look to play his brand of aggressive cricket and try to unsettle the opposition with some lusty hitting. Morgan will be expected to throw the kitchen sink towards the end but it will be interesting to see if he gets a game after the disappointing outing in Raipur. Ben Cutting might be brought back. Also, Warner could look to play Moises Henriques in the lower middle order and ask Naman Ojha to bat up the order if a few wickets go early.
Expect the bowlers to be on the money as they have been throughout this Vivo IPL. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Barinder Sran will look to swing it up front with Mustafizur bringing his guile and variations to the table in the death. They will look to Karn Sharma to come good at the Eden. Also, Yuvraj will be expected to roll his arm over if the Eden pitch offers assistance to the spinners. Mustafizur vs Yusuf Pathan should be a wonderful contest.
With Kolkata playing at home for a qualification to the playoffs, there is hardly any reason to believe that Sunrisers can topple Gambhir XI. Th Sunrisers will put in a hard fight, but KKR will probably inch away in an evenly fought encounter