Sunrisers hope to upset some plans
Sunrisers Hyderabad are out of contention for a play-offs berth, but have the players to push Kolkata Knight Riders to trouble as the race for the final four spots tighten. SRH have regrouped with a revamped squad and since then won against Rajasthan Royals and pushed Chennai Super Kings. They are far from favourites, though, with odds of 2.26 to beat KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, haven’t quite managed to hit their straps despite the good start, mainly due to the injury to Andre Russell, who balances out this side. KKR will need a few team changes to find the right balance and in the process of identifying them, lost to Punjab. They have odds of 1.62 to beat SRH.
Overall and recent record back Kolkata
Overall, Kolkata Knight Riders have enjoyed a good head-to-head record against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have won 13 and lost seven of the matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have also recent form behind them in matches against SRH, having last lost to them in 2019.
RECOMMENDED BET: Despite a strong squad, the absences of Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson makes KKR vulnerable. As such, SRH, with odds of 2.26 , are in a better position to win this one.
When these teams met earlier in the first leg, Nitish Rana, opening the innings, fired them home alongside Rahul Tripathi.
Keep an eye on…
KKR changes: It’ll be interesting to see how KKR sort the Russell problem. Will they bring in Shakib Al Hasan to balance the side or continue with the Tim Seifert experiment. Tim Southee has also not delivered, but Lockie Ferguson is injured too. Some tough decisions to make for KKR.
Rashid Khan: Rashid will be up against a team not that secure against spin and will be a crucial factor in this game. He took 2/24 the last time these teams met and might have a bigger role this time.
TIP: Venkatesh Iyer has been a revelation so far and the SRH bowling attack should suit his taste. He has odds of 4.30 to score a fifty.