Former IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are in action this weekend as they face each other in Match 8 of IPL 2020. Both teams haven’t had the best of starts in the IPL, as they suffered losses in their respective first games.
The Kolkata Knight Riders, despite making a few radical changes in the IPL Auction, succumbed to a heavy defeat against Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah earlier in the week.
As for the Sunrisers, they would be utterly disappointed with their loss against RCB. Despite being well-placed to win their opening encounter, SRH’s batting woes came to the fore as they suffered a collapse. They will be looking to make amends for that performance, although that is easier said than done.
The Knight Riders, with the likes of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, were ranked by many as the early season favorites. Although they have a few problems in the bowling department, KKR will ideally fancy a win against SRH, who have troubles of their own in the build-up to this encounter.
Kolkata Knight Riders lead the head-to-head race against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10-7.
The 8th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be taking on the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 8th match of IPL 2020. Both these sides are coming into this encounter on the back of very disturbing losses. While the Sunrisers lost to the Royal Challengers in their opening game, the Knight Riders were outdone by the Mumbai Indians.
The Sunrisers were bombarded by several questions about the team selection after the first game and that is something that they have got to address. The Knights, on the other hand, should work on their batting order as the one used against Mumbai hardly worked in their favour. Moreover, they must also make a few amends to their bowling plans. As far as the head to head record is concerned, Kolkata leads the race by 10-7.
KKR vs SRH Match 8 Weather Report
The chances of precipitation are almost nil for this encounter. While the temperature will be around 33 degrees Celsius, the humidity levels will rise as the evening progresses.
The track at Abu Dhabi was quite different from what was expected before the start of the tournament. The pitch has been surprisingly good for batting while the pacers and the spinners have also got a good amount of support.
Average first innings score: 179 (All the games of IPL 2020 at this venue thus far)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News:
Mitchell Marsh is ruled out of IPL 2020 after sustaining an ankle injury. Jason Holder has been called in as his replacement.
Kane Williamson injured his quadriceps while training and is uncertain for this encounter.
KKR vs SRH Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (c)(wk), Andre Russell, Nikhil Naik, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi.
Bench: Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Siddhesh Lad, Chris Green, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Varun Chakravarthy, Manimaran Siddharth.
David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
Bench: Virat Singh, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, T Natarajan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Kane Williamson, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bavanaka Sandeep, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Basil Thampi, Sanjay Yadav.
KKR vs SRH Top Picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:
David Warner was quite unlucky the way he got out in the last match. But the way he crunched the ball through the covers for a boundary early on in his innings is a sign that he is in good form and that he is confident.
Jonny Bairstow was the best batsman for SRH in the last game. He mustered 61 runs at a strike rate of 142.
Shubman Gill got out for just 7 runs in the last match but is a quality, young cricketer. He could make it big in this game.
Andre Russell scored 11 runs and picked up a wicket in the last match. While he was nowhere near his best, he is unpredictable and is capable of taking the game away in a matter of a few moments.
Sunil Narine was good with the ball in the last match and picked up a wicket. He could score some quick runs with the bat too.
Manish Pandey failed to convert his start in the last match as he got out after scoring 34. But he has the potential to play a big knock.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Shubman Gill
Vice-Captain Options – Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KKR vs SRH Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jonny Bairstow (c)
Batters – Shubman Gill, David Warner, Manish Pandey
All-Rounders – Andre Russell (vc), Nitish Rana, Mohammad Nabi
Bowlers – Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for KKR vs SRH Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jonny Bairstow
Batters – Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill, David Warner (c), Abhishek Sharma
All-Rounders – Sunil Narine (vc), Mohammed Nabi
Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan
There are players who take up a lot of credits from both these teams. Thus, it gets inevitable to pick two or more players with 8 credits. If Khaleel Ahmed plays, he can be a good option. Shivam Mavi and Abhishek Sharma are the other options you’ve got.
Today’s KKR vs SRH Probable Winners:
Sunrisers Hyderabad are predicted to win this match.