Ion Morgan, who had taken the captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), suffered a crushing defeat in the first match on Sunday, with the hopes of a better performance from the batsmen in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday. will get down.
Due to continuous poor performance, Dinesh Karthik handed over the captaincy to his vice captain Morgan before the match against Mumbai Indians on Friday. England’s World Cup winning captain did not have a good start in the new role and his team had to suffer a crushing defeat by eight wickets from Mumbai.
KKR have won four matches so far but they have also lost in as many matches. If two-time champion KKR wants to make it to the playoffs then their batsmen will have to perform well.
In front of the target of 194 runs against RCB, KKR batsmen could only manage 112 runs in 20 overs. Against Mumbai, his score was reduced to 42 for four in eight overs. Half of his team returned to the pavilion to score 61 runs in the 11th over. After this, the unbroken partnership of 87 runs for the sixth wicket between Morgan (39 not out) and fast bowler Pat Cummins (53 not out) brought the team to a respectable score of 148 for five.
In the top order, Shubman Gill is not able to convert a good start into a big score, while Rahul Tripathi is not able to cross the 20-run mark after playing a brilliant 81-run knock against Chennai Super Kings.
Nitish Rana is unable to walk, while continuous experiments are being done about Karthik’s batting order. Andre Russell and Morgan have also failed to do justice to their potential. The KKR bowlers bowled well during the low-margin wins against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai but plundered easy runs against RCB and Mumbai. Even after spinner Sunil Narayan has been reported for bowling action, his bowling is weak. He did not play in the last two matches.
The Sunrisers have won only three matches in eight matches. Sunrisers remained under the same pretext to strengthen the batting or bowling as fast bowling leader Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh were out with injuries. The team relies heavily on their batting, especially the top-order batsmen, Johnny Bairstow, captain David Warner, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson.
The concern for Sunrisers is in the form of Rashid Khan. The Afghanistan leg-spinner started well in the tournament but has been ineffective in the last two matches. Rahul Tewatia, Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson hit sixes on him. While the bowling of Sunrisers is weak, then Warner will be expecting a good performance from his star leg spinner.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Probable Playing 11
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Johnny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma / Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma and Khalil Ahmed.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubhaman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Eoin Morgan (captain), Andre Russell, Chris Green / Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi / Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasiddh Krishna and Varun Chakraborty.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders: My Dream11 Team
Johnny Bairstow, Dinesh Karthik, David Warner (Captain), Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Priyam Garg, Andre Russell, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, Khalil Ahmed, Varun Chakraborty