KKR VS SRH – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 9th match of IPL 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Despite being the weakest team on paper, the Kolkata Knight Riders have fared reasonably well in the opening two games against Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings respectively. Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, are unbeaten in the two home fixtures, though the clash against Mumbai went down to the last ball.
The Williamson-led side will now have their maiden outing this season when they lock horns with Dinesh Karthik’s troops at Eden Gardens on 14 April.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
In the latest blow for KKR, young Indian seamer Kamlesh Nagarkoti has been ruled out of the tournament due to a foot injury. The 18-year-old will now be replaced by Karnataka speedster Prasidh Krishna.
The KKR franchise, already sans Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, dropped his teammate Mitchell Johnson and replaced him by Tom Curran against Chennai. Moreover, Vinay Kumar conceded hefty 17 runs in the final over which cost KKR the match in spite of posting 202-run total.
The stage is set for Kolkata to offer Indian under-19 bowler Shivam Mavi a shot at Eden Garden’s pace-friendly track in place of Vinay Kumar.
Playing XI (Last Match): CA Lynn, SP Narine, RV Uthappa, N Rana, KD Karthik (wk, capt), RK Singh, AD Russell, S Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, PP Chawla, TK Curran
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team News
The only speculation in the Sunrisers setup would be the status of their ever reliant bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He had to miss the last fixture against Mumbai Indians due to a niggle and was replaced by seamer Sandeep Sharma who bowled equally well.
The batting order is well assembled with Shikhar Dhawan leading the charge early on. Skipper Kane Williamson won’t be bothered much about the team combination besides the Bhuvneshwar factor.
Playing XI (Last Match): WP Saha (wk), S Dhawan, KS Williamson (capt.), MK Pandey, DJ Hooda, YK Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, B Stanlake, S Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Top Funtasy Picks
Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell – Russell single-handedly propelled KKR past the 200-run mark against CSK, having smashed 88 runs off mere 36 balls. The all-rounder walloped 11 huge sixes during the innings, which might give you a fair idea why should have him your team first up.
Surfers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan – The southpaw has been in exceptional form, muscling 78 and 45 in his two matches as yet. Eden Garden’s strip could particularly suit him where the ball comes nicely to the bat.
Punt Pick: Shivam Mavi – The young fast bowler made headlines when he clocked the 145 KPH mark during the Under-19 World Cup. He could have a fruitful debut today if KKR choose to exclude Vinay Kumar against SRH.
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