It’s the business-end of this version of the Indian Premier League, and with the abroad gamers scheduled to affix their respective nationwide groups for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 from subsequent week, golf equipment can be doubly eager to make optimum use of their availability for the subsequent few video games.
On this context, Sunrisers Hyderabad tops the record when it takes on Kolkata Knight Riders in a high-voltage contest on the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium right here on Sunday.
The Dinesh Karthik-led Knight Riders badly wants a win right here towards the house group which has regained its confidence after a formidable win towards Chennai Tremendous Kings (sans the injured M. S. Dhoni).
Knight Riders would need its high three — Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa — to fireplace earlier than the fashionable Nitish Rana and the big-hitting Andre Russell present the ending touches. Rana and Russell were involved in a gallant chase in vain towards Royal Challengers Bangalore within the earlier sport.
Knight Riders is banking too closely on the West Indian Russell, who can also be battling discomfort in his left wrist and his again going for these hefty blows. To his credit score, he has failed in just one innings on this version. However even in a Twenty20 contest, to at all times depend upon one such participant to return good each time could also be asking for an excessive amount of. An thrilling contest ought to be on between Russell and the leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who is simply too fast to present the identical liberty to the batsman as Yuzvendra Chahal. Furthermore, Rashid is extra correct.
The opposite actual fear for Karthik is the profligacy of wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Yadav was hit throughout within the earlier sport. If Knight Riders hopes to make critical amends, the onus can be on the bowlers to return good towards a line-up which has some explosive batsmen on the high like David Warner, the main run-getter this season thus far, and the constant Jonny Bairstow, who won’t be out there after the competition towards Chennai on April 23, 2019.
Sunrisers badly wants Williamson to return good at No. three if the opening pair fails to return good.
In bowling, Sunrisers has the depth and selection and extra importantly, the arrogance, after the early disappointments. Rashid, particularly, has been excellent.