It is at that stage of the Indian Premier League 2019 season where neither Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) nor Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) can afford a loss. This match #38 will be played out in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Sunrisers have four wins and four losses this season so far. They come here on the back of a six-wicket win over CSK that ended their three-match losing run. For the KKR, this match comes after the side lost four matches on the trot.
The Hyderabad franchise are banking on the success of David Warner (450 runs, SR 145.16) and Jonny Bairstow (365 runs, SR 153.36) at the top of the order. The openers will be soon leaving for national duty, but for now SRH can enjoy their success.
Kane Williamson will hope for the bowlers to come to the party. For now, only Rashid Khan (eight wickets, ER 5.59) has offered control for the SRH with the ball. The usual suspects Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma have been struggling for consistency.
Kolkata lost steam in their season after losing matches at home. The problem for KKR has been their over-dependence on Andre Russell (377 runs, seven wickets). The likes of Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana (286 runs, SR 154.59) have been inconsistent.
Bowlers have completely struggled and Dinesh Karthik has been found out short. Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla usually get among the wickets consistently, but not this season. Time for a change? Only time will tell.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Andre Russell has hit 23 fours and 39 sixes this season already. His runs have come at a SR of 220.46. If he gets his wish of playing at number four, SRH will have a tough task on their hands.
David Warner has five 50+ scores and one 100 this series already. His consistency in scoring big has been a revelation and should make him an ideal fantasy pick.
Rashid Khan has been slow to get off the blocks, but is now looking the part. His ER this season is still a very economical 5.59.
SRH: 1 David Warner 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Vijay Shankar 5 Deepak Hooda 6 Yusuf Pathan 7 Rashid Khan 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Shahbaz Nadeem 10 Sandeep Sharma 11 Khaleel Ahmed
KKR: 1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Robin Uthappa 4 Nitish Rana 5 Dinesh Karthik (C & WK) 6 Shubman Gill 7 Andre Russell 8 Piyush Chawla 9 KC Cariappa 10 Prasidh Krishna 11 Harry Gurney
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