KKR VS SRH – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have crossed yet another hurdle after beating Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator. On Friday, they will face Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens in qualifier 2 in order to seal the berth for the IPL final on Sunday.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
Dinesh Karthik has effectively taken over the leadership of Kolkata Knight Riders since Gautam Gambhir’s departure. He has propelled the team in the right direction even after stuttering in the middle phase of the tournament.
While the skipper himself has been in sublime form, the team’s graph is also on a constant rise. Despite losing early wickets against RR, the much-needed respite was given by Andre Russell who smashed a blistering 49 off 26 balls.
Prasidh Krishna, who earned his debut cap this season in place of the injured Nagarkoti, is turning out to be the toast of the town. However, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla are the real jewels in the crown for KKR.
Playing XI (Last Match): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Javon Searles, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team News
SRH’s batting has been finally exposed following a formidable winning streak. The loopholes in middle order have handed them 4 consecutive defeats lately.
In the end, it will come down the battle between the SRH bowling attack VS KKR batting lineup. Even though Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the most economical bowler of all, he is still unable to scalp regular wickets. The onus then falls on the likes of Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan and Siddarth Kaul.
Besides, SRH have found a notable all-rounder in form of Carlos Brathwaite who seems to have justified his inclusion in the previous game. It remains to be seen if skipper Williamson alters his side in a ‘do or die’ scenario.
Top Funtasy Picks
Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell – The explosive all-rounder has been causing some serious damage to the opposition bowlers with his monstrous hitting. Moreover, his effective bowling makes him the top buy for your team.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson – The SRH skipper has thus far displayed great durability against toughest of oppositions. He averages over 60, which itself speaks volumes about his form this season.
Punt Pick: Yusuf Pathan – The right-hander comes up with strong credentials of delivering in crunch situations. He could well be a value pick for the upcoming contest.
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