Abu Dhabi: The two teams Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), who lost their opening matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, will clash with each other for their first win. The 8th match of the 13th season will be played between the two teams at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Captain Dinesh Karthik's plans were criticized after KKR's defeat in the opening match, so he would like to open the team's win in the upcoming match. KKR's team made many changes compared to the previous season but on Wednesday, seeing their plans against Mumbai Indians, it seemed that Karthik had not taken lessons from previous mistakes. Sunrisers Hyderabad also did not do well in the first match. The team's middle order was shattered badly against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
KKR lost the match against Mumbai Indians by 49 runs. After that, once again questions were raised about the batting order of explosive batsman Andre Russell. The Jamaican batsman, who scored the highest number of 510 runs in 249 balls at a strike rate of around 205 from 249 balls, came in to bat at sixth position, when the team's problems were greatly increased. World Cup winning captain Ian Morgan also could not do much as the team had to score 13 runs per over when they came to bat.
In bowling too, Karthik's decision to bowl spinner Sunil Narine late has been criticized. By the time Narine came to bowl, Rohit Sharma had achieved the rhythm. Coach Brendon McCallum, known for aggressive cricket, watching the defensive game from the team was not up to expectations.
In other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad's middle order was shattered badly against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the last five overs, the team needed 43 runs to win but they could only manage 32 runs and lost the match by 10 runs, losing seven wickets. Another bad news for the team was that all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the tournament due to injury.
Captain David Warner, who was run out in the last match, would like to prove himself with the bat this time. It will be interesting to see whether Kane Williamson returns from injury. His arrival will strengthen the team's middle order. Sunrisers bowling has always been impressive and it seems that this match could give an opportunity to Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan, who will handle spin bowling with compatriot Rashid Khan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the fast attack.
Both probable teams:-
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Jonny Bairstow (W), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T. Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Sandeep Bavanaka, Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav, Jason Holder
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C &W), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddharth, Chris Green, Tom Banton, Nikhil Naik, Ali Khan