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IPL 2022 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match 61 – Preview

When Kolkata Knight Riders met SunRisers Hyderabad about a month ago, they were in the midst of a five-match losing streak. Shreyas Iyer was “tired” after the game and attributed the defeat to a “poor day with the ball.” He had no idea how many unpleasant days were ahead of him, the likes of which would derail his team’s great start to the season.

This time, though, it is SRH who are in a similar situation. If KKR defeats them for the fifth time in a row on Saturday (May 14), it will be a pleasant little retribution. But there is also a lot riding on the outcome of this game.

Given their low point totals and negative Net Run Rates, both teams appear to have very little chance of making the Playoffs. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, appear to be in a much better position, with an NRR of +0.210.

However, a win for either KKR or SRH will not harm their remaining campaigns. KKR, in particular, will see it as an opportunity to build on their massive triumph against Mumbai Indians in the last match, but they will have their job cut out for them without Pat Cummins, who has returned home with a minor hip ailment. There’s also the situation of Brendon McCullum accepting the England coaching job in the middle of KKR’s season, implying that there’s already a sense of flux in the camp, and how the squad reacts to the news will be fascinating to observe. It will be interesting to see if SRH can turn their season around.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match 61 – Pitch Report

A difficult decision at the toss; teams batting first have won nine of the 12 games in Pune, but teams are still hesitant to defend totals. KKR has also had success at this venue, winning seven of their eight games. SRH, on the other hand, has only won one of their five matches here.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match 61 – Tactics and Lineups

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shreyas Iyer’s club has been guilty of making far too many incorrect team combinations this season, and it was only in the final game that they may have played their best eleven. It was an interesting return to Plan A, which they had tried and abandoned earlier in the season. Cummins’ absence, though, throws another wrench in the works, but if Umesh Yadav recovers from the calf issue that kept him out of the previous game, it will make KKR’s life a lot easier. It may also allow Sam Billings to enter as the fourth foreign player and take the gloves.

Predicted Lineup – Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson/Sam Billings(w), Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy

Sunrisers Hyderabad

This season, the KKR spinners have the best economy rate of any club, and it’s conceivable that Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy may face SRH early in the game. As it stands, SRH has hit the fewest boundaries in PowerPlay and will need to get off to a faster start. In that regard, Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson will be crucial.

Predicted Lineup – Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson(c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran(w), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Umran Malik

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match 61 – Trivia

Shreyas Iyer has 44 runs, 49 balls, 3 dismissals, an average of 14.67, and a strike rate of 89.79 against Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Umran Malik has bowled statistics of 4-0-48-0, 4-0-52-0, and 2-0-25-0 since his five-wicket haul.