IPL2020 Match-8 Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Kolkata Knight Riders will face Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday at Abu Dhabi in an important encounter of Indian Premier League. Both sides have lost their first match of the tournament and they will be eyeing to make a comeback in this match. The IPL 2020 tournament has really kick started and things look good so far.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Kolkata Knight Riders have built a solid team in the auction. They have brought in the players like Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins in their squad. The problem of this team lies in the lower middle order as there is no dependable Indian batsman except Dinesh Karthik in that position. The management will have to think about this aspect very soon. They have to find out the right team combination of Kolkata Knight Riders. The form of Kuldeep Yadav is another concern for the team management. The bowler is lacking confidence nowadays and the management needs to back the bowler. However, Kolkata Knight Riders have two Caribbean star players Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. They can change the course of the match anytime in the favour of their side. Kolkata Knight Riders have never taken the upper hand in the match against Mumbai Indians and there are many areas still to improve. The players need to adapt quickly with the condition and a win might work as a confidence booster for the side at the beginning of the tournament.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

Sunrisers Hyderabad are over-dependent on their opening pair David Warner and Johnny Bairstow. Manish Pandey is also an important member of the squad. However, the lower middle order of this team is probably the worst among all the teams. The management has tried to fill in the void with the star Australian all rounder Mitchell Marsh. However, he has picked up an injury in the first match of the tournament. The injury of Mitchell Marsh might be a big blow for this franchise. Mohammed Nabi will probably come in place of Mitchell Marsh in this match. However, they might need to play Kane Williamson to get the stability in the batting order. Rashid Khan’s role is also going to be vital in this match. Kolkata Knight Riders’ star players like Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell are not much comfortable against spin. So, it might be an opportunity for the duo of Rashid and Nabi to prove their worth.

Head To Head:

Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have met each other 17 times so far. Kolkata Knight Riders have won 10 matches; while Sunrisers Hyderabad have been victorious in 7 occasions.

Prediction:

Kolkata Knight Riders might have a slight edge in this match because of the balance of the squad.

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Date And Time:

Saturday, 25th September 19:30 IST.

Venue:

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

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