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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 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75