IPL 2022: On Friday, April 15, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on the second-ranked team on the IPL points table, Kolkata Knight Riders. The match will start at 7:30 PM at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams have different results from their last matches. KKR is coming off a loss of 44 runs at the hands of the Delhi Capitals. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad are coming off back-to-back comprehensive wins.
Now both teams will clash to get two vital points to make a move towards the playoff stage. But the quality of the bowling line-up for both teams will ensure that it will be a mouth-watering contest for the fans. So let’s check the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
TATA IPL 2022: KKR vs SRH Match Preview and Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shreyas Iyer and his team faced a big loss in their last match against the Delhi Capitals. Batting first, DC gave them a big target of 216 to chase, and in the end, it was too big of a target. KKR fell short by 44 runs and were bowled out for 171 runs. However, a few batters, including the skipper, kept them in the hunt, but it was not their day. Shreyas looked good as he scored his maiden half-century for KKR. He made 54 runs off 33 balls, and Nitish Rana made a quick 30 off 20 balls.
None of the other batters made a big score. But the form of the skipper and Nitish was a plus point for them. Fans would like to see them score again in the next match. The team might stick with the same XI against SRH as well, because the team is performing well.
Probably XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sam Billings (Wk), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Rasikh Dar, Varun Chakravarthy
The Orange Army started the season with two consecutive losses, but they have bounced back in grand fashion. They have registered two big wins over CSK and GT in their last two matches. The bowlers have done a tremendous job of restricting the opposition to a score below par. Then the batting led by Kane Williamson did the rest of the proceedings. The form of Abhisek Sharma and the skipper has given them a big confidence boost.
But the real concern is the injury to the player. The all-rounder, Washington Sundar has been ruled out for the next two matches due to an injury to his hand. Rahul Triphati suffered a hamstring injury in the last match and is still doubtful for the match against KKR. And if it happens, Williamson and his team will be in big trouble. So the management needs to address the injury and find the ideal replacement. So a few changes are expected in the team.
Probably XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (C), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (Wk), Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
IPL 2022: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The Braboune Stadium is a high-scoring ground. The average score here is around 175+. But it provides help to everyone. The pacer will get help at the start, and the spinner will come into play later in the game. Batsmen can trust the bounce and play their shots from the crease. Overall, it is a complete pitch that offers help to everyone. However, dew might come into play and bowlers will find it hard to grip the ball in the second innings. The toss will be crucial for both teams. And the team winning the toss will go for the chase. Toss might be the another factor for the win.
KKR vs SRH Head to Head Stats
Both teams have met a total of 21 times in the history of the IPL. But KKR is way ahead in terms of wins. So far, the Kolkata Knight Riders have won 14 matches, as compared to SRH’s 7 wins. KKR has also won all of the last five matches played between the two.
IPL 2022: KKR vs SRH: Players to watch out for
Abhisek Sharma is in prime form at the top of the order. He is playing freely and helped his team win two matches. His aggressive approach has also helped skipper Williamson to take his time and anchor the innings. The left-hander has scored 139 runs in four matches and will be vital for SRH.
T. Natarajan has been phenomenal for SRH in the four matches. He is good in the power-play and specialist at the death. His variations and pin-point accurate yorkers are very difficult for the batters to pick up. Natarajan has taken eight wickets in four matches at an average of 16.62.
Shreyas Iyer showed why he is rated as a good batter in this format. However, he got out and his half-century went in vain, but he made his presence felt among the DC bowlers. He has always performed really well with the responsibility of being a captain. So he is the one to watch out for from the KKR camp.
Sunil Narine might not be in the top wicket-taker list, but he is consistently performing with the ball for KKR. In the last match as well, when other bowlers were going for over 10 runs per over, he just gave 21 runs in his four overs with one wicket. So he is their most reliable bowler.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Nicholas Pooran (SRH)
Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane (KKR), Kane Williamson (SRH), Shreyas Iyer (KKR), Rahul Tripathi (SRH)
All-rounders: Andre Russell (KKR), Venkatesh Iyer (KKR), Abhisek Sharma (SRH)
Bowlers: Sunil Narine (KKR), T Natarajan (SRH), Marco Jansen (SRH)
Tips: Andre Russell will be the captain of the team. Kane Williamson will be the vice-captain. Both teams have a good set of bowlers, but KKR has a better batting depth as compared to SRH. So we will back KKR to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.