KKR vs SRH Match Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders will host SunRisers Hyderabad at Eden Garden, Kolkata, on April 14th, 2023. The Match will start at 7:30 PM/IST and will be streaming on the Jio Cinema app. It is going to be an exciting match between these two teams.
Kolkata Knight Riders fans must be on very high till now because, in their last match, Rinku Singh made the word “Impossible change into I m Possible” because he hit five sixes in five balls when the team needed 28 runs in five balls. No one would have even thought that Rinku Singh would be able to hit five sixes, but he believed in himself and hit those sixes on the Yash Dayal bowl.
Kolkata Knight Riders won their last match by 3 wickets against the defending champions Gujarat Titan’s side in a mind-blowing match where we saw everything. Rinku Singh’s five sixes overshadowed Rashid Khan’s incredible hattrick. Kolkata is having trouble with the middle order, which was exposed in the previous match.
SunRisers Hyderabad will be confident now as they won their last match against Punjab Kings, who came with two wins in a row. SunRisers Hyderabad bowled exceptionally well as they stopped the Punjab Kigns on 143 runs on the neutral track and then won the match easily by eight wickets. The only player who troubled them was Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 99 runs in 66 balls and stood till the end for his team.
The good news for SunRisers Hyderabad is their star batsman Rahul Tripathi played a superb inning of 74 in just 48 balls and showed everyone that he is not someone who is going to be quiet for a long time in IPL. Mayank Markande bowled exceptionally well as he picked four wickets in his four-over spell and also gave just 15 runs, which is just incredible bowling.
KKR vs SRH: Head-to-Head Record
Kolkata Knight Riders and SunRisers Hyderabad played 23 matches against each other in IPL, and Kolkata has the upper hand as they won 15 times, and SunRisers won just 8 times. Last season both teams won a one-one match. Kolkata Knight Riders won the last match by 54 runs, and it was all Andre Russell’s show. He took three wickets and also scored 49 runs in just 28 balls.
Pitch Report of Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Stats in the table from the last 11 IPL matches played at Eden Garden, Kolkata
|Batting first won||6|
|Batting second won||5|
|Average 1st innings score||181|
|Pace bowlers took||88 wickets|
|Spiner bowlers took||49 wickets|
The last match on Eden Gardens, Kolkata, was between KKR vs RCB, in which Kolkata Knight Rider dominated with the spin bowling department as their three spinners took 9 wickets out of 10 wickets of Royal Challengers Bangalore, showing that the pitch favors spinners.
The scoring on this ground is also good, as seen in the last match when Kolkata Knight Riders posted 204 runs in 20 overs. The Eden Gardens pitch in Kolkata has a neutral surface and has favored batsmen and Spinners more recently. In the 2019 IPL season, Kolkata Knight Riders’ score versus Mumbai Indians was the highest on this particular pitch. The surface will be ideal for batsmen, and there will be dew in the batting second, making chasing easier and defending harder for bowlers who struggle to grasp the ball.
KKR vs SRH: Team Preview of Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders showed that they never backed out from the match and also showed why they won Indian Premier League two times. Their new hero Rinku Singh pulled off an impossible scenario in their previous match when the team needed 28 runs in five balls, and he did it by hitting five sixes. His inning was no fluke as he has been an underrated player who scores runs when KKR needs it, as he did in a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore side when he scored 46 runs.
Rinku Singh’s amazing innings hide some issues that Kolkata Knight Riders faced in their last match when the middle order collapsed. The Kolkata Knight Riders pace bowling unit still has not clicked right, and they are leaking too many runs. In the last match, KKR took four wickets, three of which were taken by their star spinner Sunil Narine and one by the young prodigy Suyash Sharma.
They lacked a proper death bowling option which hurt them when Vijay Shankar smashed all the pace bowlers out of the ground. Shardul Thakur gave 40 runs in just 3 overs and failed to take any wickets. Though he was the hero of the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in which he took one wicket and scored 68 runs.
Important Players for Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine again took most of the bowling unit responsibility over his shoulders as he brags 6 wickets in 3 matches he played in IPL 2023. He played 151 matches in IPL and took 158 wickets which is an amazing feat by the West Indian spinner who also contributed with the bat as he also scored 1032 runs till now. Though the past two seasons, he is not been scoring much as he used to, with a ball, he has been consistent. His age and fitness are a bit of a concern now as he is not one of the fittest players in the IPL.
The new hero of KKR, Rinku Singh, is now one of the important players in the Kolkata Knight Riders side after his fantastic finishing against the Gujarat Titans. He has been a consistent scorer in IPL whenever he got the chance to score, and last season for him was revolutionary as many people did not notice him in the last season, but he scored 174 runs with an average of 34 in 7 innings of him. The average is amazing for the 5th down batsmen, but after the last innings, we might see some batting order promotion, and he deserves all this because he worked hard for it.
Team Preview of SunRisers Hyderabad
SunRisers Hyderabad got their first win of the season against the Punjab Kings. They won the match by 8 wickets, and the whole team contributed together as one, which was lacking in the first two matches of the IPL season 2023. Marco Jansen and Markande in the team strengthened their bowling unit, and in their first match, both players performed well.
Aiden Makram seemed to be in more control during the third match against the Punjab Kings side, but still, they have a few concerns over some of their players, like Harry Brook, who was bought by the SunRisers franchise with a heavy price tag. His test match average is amazing. In six matches, he scored 809 runs with an average of 80 but failed to show the same performance in T20 matches. He played 20 T20 matches in which he only had one half-century, and that too with a strike rate of 137. Paying 13.25 Crore was not the call as he does not have an impressive record in T20 matches.
Important Players for SunRisers Hyderabad
South African bowling all-rounder Marco Jansen is one of the most underrated players in world cricket. He is just 22 years old and featured in every format for the South African side on an international level. He played 11 IPL matches and took 11 wickets. SunRisers Hyderabad has been a team who just doesn’t give their wickets up, and that’s why he did not get many opportunities to show his batting skills. He is one tall pacey bowler who can swing the ball and hit the deck hard to surprise batsmen.
The First two IPL matches were not really good for one of the best batsmen in IPL and the most important batsmen in SunRisers Hyderabad side. He played 79 IPL matches and scored 1906 runs with an average of 28. The last two IPLs for Rahul have been good; because of that, he got the opportunity to play for India, too, in 2023. In the last match, he showed why SRH relied on him much, as he scored 74 runs in 48 balls with a strike rate of 154 to lead his team to their first win in IPL 2023.
KKR VS SRH Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy
Probable Lineup of SunRiser Hyderabad (SRH)
Mayank Agarwal, Harry Brook, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Markande, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Impact Players who can come to the match of KKR VS SRH
N Jagadeesan can come in for Varun Chakarvarthy for Kolkata Knight Riders, and for SunRisers Hyderabad, Akeal Hosein can replace Harry Brook.