Sunrisers Hyderabad will face off against Kolkata Knight Riders in the third match of the Indian Premier League. It will be a match between two sides who will want to perform better this season. Both teams have the potential to do well this season if they can play good cricket.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Kolkata Knight Riders will start the season under the fluent leadership of Eoin Morgan. The batsman has been in India for over a month playing limited-overs live cricket. Their playing 11 seems quite predictable with only the addition of Harbhajan Singh capable of causing a change in the first game. One concern Morgan would have will be Kuldeep Yadav’s poor run but as he has said, Bhajji’s addition makes their spin department look well-rounded. Morgan, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, and Pat Cummins should be the overseas choices in their first game, the likes of Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, and Ben Cutting finding the bench.
Kolkata Knight Riders squad: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib al Hasan, Nitish Rana, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Karun Nair, Vaibhav Arora, Ben Cutting, Harbhajan Singh.
Many people don’t overtly say it, this Sunrisers Hyderabad team has a strong chance at the bank this season. Their overseas players look too class and the addition of Mujeeb Ur Rahman has only made team selection a tough job for David Warner. In the hands of the experienced Natrajan, Kaul, and Thampi, the death bowling looks good and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma can cause problems with the new ball. Their first choice overseas players could be David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan, and Jason Holder/Kane Williamson.
Sunrisers Hyderabad squad: David Warner (Captain), Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami (WK), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Jason Roy, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T. Natarajan, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith.
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders have faced each other 17 times in the IPL. Hyderabad has won seven matches while Kolkata has won on 12 occasions.
Much of this match’s prediction depends on how the pitch plays out it the opener of the league where Mumbai and Bangalore lock horns. Expecting nature to be the same flat but slow, cutters and spin playing major parts, Hyderabad should take this game.
Date and Time:
April 11, 2021 (Sunday), 7:30 PM IST
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai