Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Preview: After initial upset, KKR, SRH demand comeback
When Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) host Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, captain Dinesh Karthik is expecting some intentions and clashes from his side, who are weak against Mumbai Indians. Close to 50 runs. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad must be wondering what happened after watching well for victory in their opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
KKR was never really in the game against Mumbai Indians, with rival captain Rohit Sharma touching the attack to level 200 as MI.
It was young Shivam Mavi who showed quality in KKR’s bowling, while the rest of the players, including the most expensive bought Pat Cummins for this edition of the IPL, were perfectly fit.
KKR’s bowling looks questionable, any way you look at it, and Cummins and the rest really need to come to the party.
The batting was not very good. Chasing 200 needed more than a run-of-the-mill strategy, and it seemed to be missing. It was Cummins, ironically who was the highest scorer.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, bowling was not so bad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan did quite well.
Batting, David Warner was unlucky but Johnny Bairstow would have to take responsibility for throwing it.
Once he gave up on a score of 121, in 15.2 overs, SRH were bowled out for 153 in just four overs as the batsman was sent after packing.
The batsmen made RCB’s bowling wonderful.
SRH will be without Mitchell Marsh, out of action for the tournament and replaced by Jason Holder.
Warner, no doubt, will return with a bang, and as KKR bowling looks as dodgy as it could be, a returning return.
At the same time, KKR would have to be more vocal, which is also on the card, so it would ultimately depend on which side recovered faster than their initial reverse.