Now that Sunrisers Hyderabad are officially out of the knockout controversy, they are eager to experiment with the game with the Kolkata Knight Riders, but are locked in a four-way race for the playoff spot, all with 10 points. SRH Spoilsport can play to KRR’s aspirations, the latter being strengthened by the return of Andre Russell.
The big question is whether SRH can give Warner another shot at less in restoring his form in a timely manner for the World Cup. They have a relatively strong batting unit, yet it fails to click individually and collectively. Warner was not their only concern, their captain Kane Williamson also struggled for runs. However, Jason Roy appeared in Nice Pets, and you wonder why he wasn’t included in the previous eleven. Shaktiman Saha struggled to keep pace after the power-play. With the future in mind and looking forward, the team can continue to give opportunities to youngsters Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma.
In fairness, their bowlers did a good job. Jason Holder and Rashid Khan gave their best. But if Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not as disciplined as before, then you can’t blame them for not keeping their bowlers in match winning positions. SRH, Afghanistan spin pair Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman will be tempted to give up the game. At least one of them could replace Khan, who needs a much-needed pit stop before the World Cup.
Kolkata Knight Riders
All eyes will be on Andre Russell, depending on how much he has recovered from his injury. In the final push for the playoffs, they need Jamaican experience and skill, both on the ball as well as on the bat. If he really comes back, Tim Seifert will have to heat the bench. With top-order providing them with openings and middle-order consistency, Russell is expected to dress the finisher.
Fit-again Lucky Ferguson is expected to replace homemaker Tim Southee. Ferguson made a huge difference to their pace bowling bullwork and. KKR clearly lost its momentum and power in the game against Punjab Kings. The bowlers, however, expect more support from their fielders, who are guilty of dropping too much of a catch.
SRH: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson (capt), Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
KKR: Shubhman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Ion Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lucky Ferguson, Varun Chakraborty and Shivam Mavi.