IPL 2022 – The BEST Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI to face the Sunrisers Hyderabad
In IPL 2022, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had five victories in 12 league matches. They are currently ninth in the points table and would need to win their next two matches with a considerably improved net run rate to have a remote chance of making the playoffs. They defeated the Mumbai Indians by 52 runs in their previous encounter (MI).
Following a strong performance by the hitters to reach 165, the bowlers delivered as well. Their next match will be against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at MCA Stadium in Pune, who will also be trying to win this critical match. In this match, Aaron Finch and Umesh Yadav are anticipated to replace Pat Cummins and Ajinkya Rahane.
These last few group stage games are very crucial for the KKR campaign and in this article, we are going to talk about the BEST Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI to face the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Venkatesh Iyer and Aaron Finch to open the innings
KKR’s starting combo has failed on most occasions this season and has shown inconsistency in its performances. Almost every player has failed to deliver for the squad at this critical juncture. The team management brought in Ajinkya Rahane in the previous game, but he only scored 25 runs off 24 balls and may not play against SRH.
Venkatesh Iyer has only allowed 175 runs in 10 innings pitched at a 19.44 ERA. His highest score of 50* came against the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first half of the season. Despite being in superb touch in his previous game, he was removed for a well-made 43 off 24 balls.
Aaron Finch, Australia’s limited-overs captain, is anticipated to make an appearance in this game. He has 86 runs in five innings pitched with a strike rate of 140.98. Apart from his 58-run innings, Finch has returned with low scores and has room for progress in the future.
Shreyas Iyer, Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana and Sheldon Jackson to strengthen the middle order
Captain Shreyas Iyer has done well in the competition, amassing 336 runs at an average of 30.54, but his performances have not been constant. He was dismissed in the previous game with a score of six off eight balls. He hopes to do better in the following contests.
Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh, both left-handers, have performed admirably in recent games, forming key partnerships to enable the club achieve a decent total. Rana scored 43 runs from 26 balls in the previous game, while Rinku added 23* runs from 19 balls.
Sheldon Jackson, the KKR wicket-keeper, has yet to produce a great knock and must come up and perform effectively in crucial occasions. He is anticipated to keep his place in the starting XI and to improve his performance in the future.
Andre Russell and Sunil Narine offer all-rounder support
The Caribbean all-rounders have played an important part for the Knight Riders in recent editions, and they remain potent options who can help them win games and have an outside chance of making the playoffs this season.
Andre Russell has 281 runs scored at an average of 35.13, demonstrating his excellent consistency. With the ball, he has 14 wickets to his name and has been one of the team’s top all-round performers.
Sunil Narine, on the other hand, has only taken eight wickets but at a fantastic economy rate of 5.22 and has scored 49 runs with the bat. His stats show an ordinary season for him, which he hopes to improve with some strong performances in the games ahead.
Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, and Umesh Yadav/ Shivam Mavi form the bowling attack
The bowlers delivered outstanding performances in the final game, allowing the club to keep their playoff chances alive. However, Australian pacer Pat Cummins will not be available for the team because he has returned home owing to a hip ailment. In his place, Umesh Yadav (if deemed fit) or Shivam Mavi can return to the team.
Tim Southee, a Kiwi bowler, has consistently taken wickets for KKR, with a total of 12 scalps in seven games at an economy of 7.22. In his most recent game, he allowed only 10 runs in three overs and claimed one wicket.
Varun Chakravarthy, the mystery spinner, returned to the side in the last game and concluded with figures of 1/22 in three overs. He hopes to do well for KKR in the forthcoming matches.