IPL 2020, KKR vs SRH, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Players to Watch Out For

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will be in action on Saturday in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The match will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Both teams lost their opening matches and want to occupy the board. Kolkata Knight Riders crushed defending champions Mumbai Indians in their last game, while Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by just 10 runs. Big-name players will be itching to make their mark this season and get it wrong from the previous match.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill: Prior to the start of the tournament, Shubman Gill was singled out for his inclusion in the KKR squad. However, Young failed to get out as the team opener against Mumbai Indians. He was sent packing by Trent Boult scoring just 7 off 11 balls.

The stylish right-hander has the time and again to show his class in the domestic circuit but it is time for him to shine on cricket’s biggest stage. Gill will have a chance to count against SRH, who is lacking the X-factor in the bowling department except for Rashid Khan.

Andre Russell: The West Indies big hitter made the IPL his last season, single-handedly blowing up teams with his power hitting. However, he has not made this year’s best debut. Russell was out for 11 off 11 balls before Jasprit Bumrah fell.

He also took a wicket in the two overs he bowled, but KKR needed Russell’s fireworks in the middle overs. The team will expect the West Indies star to perform at his best against SRH, but may have to contend with Rashid Khan, and this is easy to do.

Pat Cummins: The most expensive foreign player in the IPL had to be dismissed completely off the ball against Mumbai Indians. For the money he spent, KKR would have been expecting immediate returns, but this was not the case with Cummins, who was dismissed for 49 in his 3 overs at an economy rate of 16.33.

The Australian may be looking to bounce back, but will be up against another star-studded batting lineup, including compatriot David Warner. Cummins scored 33 off 12 balls with the bat, but this is just a bonus and KKR need to work with the ball.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner: Sunrisers Hyderabad, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, missed out in the most unfortunate fashion. While Johnny Bairstow and Manish Pandey looked good with the bat, the rest failed miserably in RCB’s defeat.

SRH is on top with Kane Williamson sitting out of his opening match. With a novice middle order, the team really falls heavily on Warner to give them a good start and the Australian team will try to do the same against KKR.

Johnny Bairstow: One of the youngest players in T20 cricket, the British once again came to the party in the IPL, scoring 61 runs from 43 balls. But there was little support from his teammates and after his dismissal, the SRH batsmen fell like Naupin.

Bairstow looked good against the Pacers, but was finding it difficult against Yuzvendra Chahal. KKR have Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Naren and both will be looking for who Chahal did to Bairstow. However, Bairstow could have a field day against the likes of Sandeep Warrier and Shivam Mavi.

Rashid Khan: His performance against RCB against Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers was not an Afghan sensation at all. However, Rashid Khan will also not be worried. He has been exceptional in recent times and wants to make a statement against KKR.

Large boundaries at Sheikh Zayed Stadium could also work in his favor. If SRH fails to deliver the top order, Rashid will be licking his lips at the thought of bowling as per the likes of Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma.

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