Jonny Bairstow is the man in form. He is sometime we back to continue in the same form and score runs.
A fantastic batting surface and a strong batting line-up for SRH makes this and attractive bet
86 in ten overs means that KKR is in prime position to attack. Shivling the score seems likely.
KKR has got off to a good start and should be able to attack and smash sixes towards the end
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The Indian Premier League 2021 is going to be played under the cloud of rising COVID-19 cases and so teams have to factor in uncertainty, a possible shift in matches, and even the tournament being cut short in their plans. This is why it is important to start strong and get as many points as you can quickly.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are going to be playing their first match of IPL 2021 against each other. None of the teams are going to be playing at home this season and no fans will be allowed into the stands for the first half of the tournament.
Both SRH and KKR are former IPL winners but have seen a dip in their fortunes in recent times. Let us take a look and try to see which one of them is going to come out on top in this interesting match.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2021 is going to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on the 11th of April 2021.
The time when SRH was a force in the IPL was down to its excellent bowling attack. In that sense, SRH seems set to have one of the best bowling attacks in the entire competition. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is an IPL legend and is back to full fitness. He is going to lead the attack alongside players like Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, and Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, and Khaleel Ahmed.
Mujeeb ur Rahman is also available and could be a handful in Chennai but the balance of the team is likely to end up leaving him on the sidelines.
This potent bowling attack has bowlers that are adept at bowling with the new ball, can be effective at the death, and has some quality spinners too. There are a number of all-rounders that can chip in with the ball as well.
The strength of the batting comes from the top-order. David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson should find a place in the eleven making the batting quite strong. Bairstow, in particular, is in terrific form and one to watch out for.
In previous years, the batting lineup has tended to drop off sharply in quality after the overseas players and this is where SRH has strengthened its squad. Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, and Abhishek Sharma provide it plenty of options to choose from.
SRH is a strong team with some of its most important players in good form. If it can get the team selection right, it is going to be difficult to stop.
David Warner, WP Saha, Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, V Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, S Sharma, T Natarajan.
There is a lot to like about KKR and it has some of the biggest names in T20 cricket on its roster. Eoin Morgan will lead the team and he is one of the sharpest T20 minds in the entire game. They also have the most feared T20 all-rounder in the world (Andre Russell), and a few IPL legends in their team.
However, we do believe there are some important questions to answer before we get on the KKR bandwagon.
Shubman Gill was the highest run-getter for KKR in IPL 2020 but his strike rate left a lot to be desired. His opening partner is also not set in stone. Nitish Rana is the probable choice but you cannot rule out Rahul Tripathi either.
Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell will be the main threats in the middle-order and no one can possibly complain of having them around! The likes of Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik, and possibly Gurkeerat Singh Mann all have a chance of making it into the eleven as well.
KKR also has to decide between its best four overseas players. Sunil Narine has been a great performer for KKR in the past but is he still the force he was? Pat Cummins should be an automatic entry but can you really keep Lockie Ferguson on the bench after he showed his value in IPL 2020 so clearly?
As far as we can see, KKR will have to choose between Shakib and Narine on one hand while deciding between playing one or two overseas fast bowlers is the other big decision to make.
Kuldeep has continued to struggle and his place may be in danger now that Harbhajan Singh has joined the squad alongside a successful Varun Chakravarthy. Prasiddh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti are the Indian fast-bowlers to choose from.
The building blocks of a great team are there but we think KKR is going to have to spend some time getting its act together.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, RA Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shakib Al Hasan, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
The team that wins the toss is likely to want to field first. Five out of the eight matches played in Chennai during the 2019 season were won by the team that chased. This is a significant advantage and must be taken into account.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The conditions are expected to be hot and humid but no rain should interfere with the cricket. The pitch is going to be flat but a bit on the slower side and helpful to the spinners. There is no incentive for Chennai to prepare spinning tracks as CSK is not going to play there and so we may see some good batting tracks.
A score of around 170 should be seen as par for the venue.
We think Sunrisers Hyderabad has a better chance of coming out the winners in the first match. Not only does the team have a better bowling attack, but it also a much stronger batting lineup than the previous season. With a more settled team, leading players in good form, and more wicket-taking potential, we think SRH is the team to back in this contest.
Bet on Sunrisers Hyderabad to win.
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