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KKR VS SRH: Kolkata Ready to Sing ‘Korbo, Lorbo, Jitbo Re’ Again

KKR VS SRH: Kolkata Ready to Sing ‘Korbo, Lorbo, Jitbo Re’ Again

Having finished playing a couple of matches, Kolkata and Hyderabad face each other on the eve of Bengali New Year.

VIVO IPL 2018: Knights eager to stop SRH’s winning streak

KKR can feel comfortable due to their recent batting exploits while SRH’s bowling has provided them their comfort zone. But both the teams have a common lacking in the area of fielding.

 

While SRH’s three dropped catches didn’t affect them much in their match against Mumbai, KKR’s missed chances, especially of Billings and Jadeja, has cost them dear against Chennai.

“There is very little time to change things too much. We have addressed the [fielding] issue and this is something all players are aware of. At the end of the day, it's one skill that all the players can contribute. We are wishing for the best in the forthcoming game”, said Dinesh Karthik.

While the batting brigade led by Narine, Russell, Rana and Karthik has amazed the fans, the pace battery has failed to create any impact yet which has forced Karthik to turn to his spinners for help.

The batting of SRH is heavily depended on Dhawan who has fared well in both instances. But as the tournament progresses, the middle order consisting of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan will eventually be put to test.

SRH’s bowling department, led by Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, has been in terrific form.

“Dot balls are crucial in such a short format. That was the plan to bowl as many dot balls as possible. I just try my best to bowl in good length areas and mix it up for the batsmen. As he's in his stance, I can see where he's trying to hit. Love to bowl both, the leg-spinner and the googly”, said Rashid Khan.

 

Venue− Eden Gardens, Kolkata

KKR Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Mitchell Johnson/Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi/R Vinay Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav

SRH Probable XI− Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Sandeep Sharma

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77