The Indian Premier League season 12 has got off to a rocking start with the match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. Up next in the menu of entertainment is the fixture in Kolkata between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Both teams have some exciting names in their roster which makes this an interesting game. There are of course, a lot of underlying themes running in the match – like the return of David Warner.
The original glamour team of the IPL, KKR continue to have an array of big hitters in their line-up. Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill – most sides would love to have a couple of them and KKR have all these players in their line-up.
Bowling looks equally strong with Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla making them a very strong unit. Dinesh Karthik will be eyeing a positive start to the season and that could be ominous for the visitors.
The defending runners-up SRH have the return of Warner hogging the headlines. Of course, the cloud of uncertainty hangs over the availability of captain Kane Williamson, but SRH have enough backup in the squad.
Jonny Bairstow could make his IPL bow, while their bowling continues to be top notch. Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul have been very consistent over the past couple of years.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Rashid Khan is a super star in T20 cricket. His ability to keep it tight and at the same time be effective makes him an ideal fantasy pick. Time to milk some points by picking him up in your side.
Sunil Narine has proven in the last IPL that he is a tough batsman to bowl to. That makes him a complete package and the Sunrisers bowlers will surely be wary of him.
David Warner will certainly be itching to go, after sitting out a lot of action in recent times. He has 108 runs against Narine in 68 balls – will he boss the contest again?
KKR: 1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Robin Uthappa 4 Shubman Gill 5 Nitish Rana 6 Dinesh Karthik (C & WK) 7 Andre Russell 8 Piyush Chawla 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Harry Gurney 11 Sandeep Warrier
SRH: 1 David Warner 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Manish Pandey 4 Vijay Shankar 5 Mohammad Nabi 6 Yusuf Pathan 7 Rashid Khan 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Sandeep Sharma 10 Siddharth Kaul 11 Shahbaz Nadeem
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