After an excellent start to the Indian Premier League 2021 season, the first Sunday match will see Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Kolkata Knight Riders. This match #3 of the IPL 2021 campaign will be played at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Both teams are coming off interesting IPL 2020 campaigns. While the Sunrisers made it to their fifth consecutive playoffs last year. The Knight Riders performed at either extremes regularly and missed the bus. Interestingly though, the Knight Riders have won the last two matches between these two sides.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Preview
The Sunrisers have to be one of the most consistent franchises in the IPL. They have reached the playoffs for five seasons in a row. Even this season, the depth and strength in this Sunrisers squad is good enough to repeat that.
As for the fantasy picks, the Sunrisers captain David Warner should be your first stop. The opener loves this tournament and should fetch your team points. Jonny Bairstow’s form is a good pointer to his selection and the same goes to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. If you are looking for an underdog pick, pick up ‘powerplay’ bowling specialist Sandeep Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders Preview
Kolkata are the glamorous side complete with star names and T20 specialists. They have strengthened their side with the addition of Harbhajan Singh and Shakib Al Hasan, who look extremely good picks.
Eoin Morgan is a superstar captain and should be an interesting pick for your side. Among others, Andre Russell’s all-round skills and Dinesh Karthik’s slog over batting make for good selection. Keep a close eye on Prasidh Krishna.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Rashid Khan is an exciting bowler who takes wickets by bunch in this tournament. His skills are best suited to this venue and will be a big threat for the batsmen.
Dinesh Karthik is an impressive choice when it comes to ‘keepers considering his slog-over hitting.
Andre Russell walks into any team when he’s fit. The KKR camp expect him to produce four overs consistently in this tournament.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner (C) 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Manish Pandey 4 Kane Williamson 5 Vijay Shankar 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Abdul Samad 8 Rashid Khan 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Sandeep Sharma 11 T Natarajan
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill 2 Rahul Tripathi 3 Nitish Rana 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Dinesh Karthik (WK) 6 Andre Russell 7 Shakib Al Hasan 8 Pat Cummins 9 Harbhajan Singh 10 Prasidh Krishna 11 Varun Chakravarthy
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