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Toss Winner - Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bat first
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 runs
Hyderabad look for their second win at home
Sunrisers Hyderabad to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, India | Toss: To BatBet Now
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SRH pull things back. 5 for 44 in the last 6 overs. 172 is a competitive total. 10-30 runs at fall of 1st wicket @2.87 odds.
KKR bounce back. With Rinku and Russell on crease, likely to finish big. 180-190 Total Runs @ 3.00 odds.
KKR lose 3 wickets, SRH well on top. KKR Innings Total over 162 runs @ 1.86 odds
KKR won the toss and opt to bat. SRH still ahead in our prediction
The 9th ranked SRH will take on the 8th ranked team KKR. While 5 of the top 6 teams are tied at 10 points from 9 matches, KKR and SRH are way behind with just 6 points to their tally.
Though the race to the playoffs is still wide open, things look bleak for these two teams. There have been no performances so far that showed any promise of making it to the top 4. Inconsistencies in KKR and over dependency on overseas batters in SRH have continued to affect their winning chances this season.
Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, and Abhishek Sharma need to deliver a significant impact if SRH are to keep winning consistently. While Markram and Klaasen look in good touch, the home team cannot expect them to carry all the scoring responsibilities.
In KKR, the likes of Jagadeesan, Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana have been nothing short of a huge disappointment. There are some quality bowlers in both teams and it will be up to them to put their side on top of the game.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been dismal this year. Not only have they lost most of their games at home but are also stuck at the bottom half of the table with just 6 points from 8 games.
The one good thing about SRH is their faith in Abhishek Sharma at the top. This decision will yield dividends in the long run. They need to build their team around the local players if they are to win consistently.
There is no doubt about the immense talent and abilities of players like Brook, Klaasen, and skipper Markram. However, these three cannot be expected to win games every time.
At present it is these three who are the key players along with Abhishek Sharma at the top who’s looked promising. Tripathi and Mayank Agarwal aren’t consistent and their failure in the top order affects the innings big time.
Abdul Samad can deliver some big sixes lower down the order. But since he has played very few deliveries, we don’t expect him to get going right away. It will be the bowlers who will put SRH back on track. Bhuvi, Natarajan, and Markande will be the key bowlers to watch out for in the SRH bowling attack.
Mayank Agarwal, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Harry Brook, Abdul Samad, Mayank Markande, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Akeal Hosein, Umran Malik
Mayank Markande, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abdul Samad, Aiden Markram, Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, Kartik Tyagi, Abhishek Sharma
Knight Riders won one of their last 3 matches and it was an away game. Whereas, the other two were home games where they suffered a defeat. Injured Shreyas Iyer made way for Rana to lead the team.
While it may be natural to raise questions of Rana’s ability to lead, it is nothing new for KKR. They’ve been one of the most inconsistent teams in IPL in recent years.
With the aging finisher in Russell losing out on some occasions, Knight Riders failed to compensate with other reliable batters. Russell hasn’t been the finisher he was known for.
However, KKR have Roy and Gurbaz who can deliver a brilliant start but then there is no one consistent in the middle order who can pull off a big knock. Venkatesh Iyer lost his touch after his hundred. Nitish Rana hasn’t played a responsible innings in the middle where he could take the game deep and finish on a high.
Rinku Singh played one good knock after his finishing act against GT and has been quiet since then. David Wiese has shown some promise down the order with some good finishes.
However, overall, KKR lacks consistency in their lineup. Narine and Russell have plenty of experience and can be crucial with the ball. But there isn’t much hope from bowling either. Suyash Sharma finds wickes but is expensive.
N Jagadeesan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, David Wiese, Shardul Thakur, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy
Harshit Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Jason Roy, Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
It is a batting-friendly pitch that also offers some help for the spinners. Sundar and Markande have found success on this ground twice so far. The weather will be partly cloudy on the match day with a high of 31 degrees Celsius.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad will be the venue for this game. The average 1st innings score on this ground is 158 runs. A 175+ score in the 1st innings would be competitive enough to win.
Teams batting first have won 3 of the 4 matches at this ground in this IPL. It is a high-scoring venue that witnessed a low-scoring game recently where spinners dominated the game. Given how unreliable the batting is for both teams, it would be in their best interest to bat first and have runs on the board.
There are plenty of issues that both teams would be dealing with coming into this game. There is inconsistency among the local players, inability to recover from collapses, and economy rates in powerplay. It is not easy to pick a winner between two such teams. There is no clear advantage for either side. However, given the bowling attack of SRH and the strength in the middle and lower order, we reckon the home team will have a slight edge in this contest.
Sunrisers Hyderabad to win
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