The Kolkata Knight Riders are all set to face the Sunrisers Hyderabad in match 61 of IPL 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Both the teams are desperate to add more points to their tally and strengthen their chances to make it to the playoffs this season.
While the Kolkata Knight Riders have won their previous game against the Mumbai Indians by a considerable margin, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are in a spot of bother with defeats in all of their last 4 matches. Thus the upcoming game is a really important one for both these teams to keep their hopes alive in the ongoing edition of the IPL.
KKR vs SRH: Match Details
- Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
- Match 61: KKR vs SRH
- Date & Time: May 14, 7:30 PM
Kolkata Knight Riders: Analysis
Gameplan: After a wonderful start to their campaign, the Knights had totally lost their way in the middle phase of the season. However, with a much-improved display in their last match, Kolkata have managed to somewhat pull things back in control. The team has to win all its remaining matches to keep its faint hopes of finishing in the top 4 alive.
The team managed to bring together a proper looking playing XI in the previous game and would like to stick to the same for the upcoming matches too. The only change shall be that of Pat Cummins who has been sent back home after being ruled out of the tournament due to an injury to the hip.
Possible Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Analysis
Gameplan: The Sunrisers who at one stage seemed stronger than ever are presently in a bit of trouble with 5 wins in 11 matches. A win in all the remaining games I s necessary for the Kane Williamson led side to ensure a place in the playoffs this season. The team has generally struggled with injuries , too many of them in the recent past this season so far.
Their last defeat to Bangalore was another huge blow to their perspectives this season. The bowlers going for runs in the recent matches has been a concern for the side. Youngster Umran Malik has been expensive in the recent games too. SRH is at the sixth position in the points table and they will need to improve their net run rate as well.
Possible Playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kartik Tyagi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi/Marco Jansen, Umran Malik.
KKR vs SRH: Probable Top Performers
Probable best batsman of the match – Rahul Tripathi
In a tough last game for the sunrisers Hyderabad, Rahul Tripathi was the only batter who tried to fight the circumstances and provide his side with a chance to win the match. With a fighting half century, the batsman showed lot of resistance against the opposition bowlers. Unfortunately for him all of it ended in a failure as his side fell short in a mammoth chase. The 28-year-old will be looking to deliver another crucial performance with the bat in tomorrow’s game.
Probable best bowler of the match – Tim Southee
Tim Southee has been highly impactful for his side with his fiery opening spell of bowling on a regular basis for the Kolkata Knight Riders so far this season. His wonderful spell against the Mumbai Indians where he removed the Mumbai skipper early was instrumental in winning his side the match. In addition to this his highly economical bowling is another benefit that his side would love to avail in tomorrow’s game too.
KKR vs SRH: Head to Head stats
- Total number of matches played: 23
- Matches won by SRH: 9
- Matches won by KKR: 14
KKR vs SRH: Winning Prediction
Match predictions – Sunrisers Hyderabad
With a proper team combination and the players redeeming themselves after a few poor performances as a unit, the Sunrisers Hyderabad in all probabilities shall be defeating the Kolkata Knight Riders in tomorrow’s match. A victory shall be crucial in helping them qualify for the playoffs hereon.