It is going to be the battle of the beast today here at the Eden’s at one side people will be roaring up for KKR and on the other side it will be SRH who has never defeated KKR in its home ground, May the best team win
History: SRH is another team that KKR have consistently got the better of. They have won six of the eight games against SRH overall and have never lost against them in four games at the Eden Gardens.
KKR: The home side is unlikely to make any changes to the eleven that played just a day ago on the same ground. The combination worked well for the team and they would prefer more of the same. However given the presence of many left-handers in the SRH line-up, it could be a toss up between the two wrist spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla – once again.
SRH: The absence of Moises Henriques (due to illness) affected SRH’s batting in their previous game. If the all-rounder is fully fit, he is likely to replace Ben Cutting in the playing eleven. SRH will also have to do some thinking when it comes to picking between Bipul Sharma and Vijay Shankar. The former could come into play in the powerplay overs but the latter could be more effective on a pacer-friendly Kolkata pitch.
What they said:
“I don’t consider it a surprise. In T20 cricket you need to be alert in a way that anything is possible. Whether a spinner opens the bowling or a spinner opens the batting. And at the end of the day, most cricketers are pretty adaptable and versatile now. They can play many roles in the side. As a side you need to be prepared for the unexpected. One of the key tactics is to catch you opponent by surprise even if you steal an over from the game whether it be with the bat or the ball it gives you a big advantage” – Tom Moody, SRH coach, on Sunil Narine opening the batting for KKR
“He (Umesh Yadav) was always bowling at pace but even that wicket (of Maxwell) he got yesterday, it was well executed as we spoke before the game how to get Maxwell out when he started to open up. The way he got him out caught behind, following him was exactly as was discussed pre-game so that sort of stuff doesnt go unnoticed from the coaching group. That level of experience he has gained playing consistently for India in all formats. He turned the game for us yesterday” – Simon Katich on the return of Umesh Yadav
Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav
Sunrisers Hyderabad (From): Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner(c), Deepak Hooda, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Naman Ojha(w), Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman, Moises Henriques, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Abhimanyu Mithun, Barinder Sran, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Pravin Tambe, Ben Laughlin, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj