Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently in a precarious position, sitting in seventh and sixth place, respectively. Both teams looked good for a while, but were unable to avoid a string of losses in the league phase. Kolkata Knight Riders lost five consecutive games before winning two of their last three, while Sunrisers Hyderabad is currently on a four-match losing streak after a five-match winning streak. Both teams cannot afford to lose this match because their campaigns could end in the league phase.
The 61st match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad will take place on May 14th, 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Match Details to Note
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 61st Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: May 14, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Team Previews
The Kolkata Knight Riders batting lineup appears unsettled, with frequent changes. Last game, Ajinkya Rahane (25 runs) and Venkatesh Iyer (43 runs) returned to the playing XI; and provided a solid 60-run opening partnership. Nitish Rana (43 runs) and Rinku Singh (23 runs) had strong cameos; but their remaining batters were dismissed for single digit totals. So far this season, their leading run scorers have been Andre Russell and Shreyas Iyer.
Their bowlers limited the opposition to 113 runs, allowing them to win by 165 runs. In the previous game, the pace trio of Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, and Tim Southee claimed 6 wickets between them. Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy of Mystery Spin joined forces and had a combined record of 7-0-43-1.
The top players of Kolkata Knight Riders to watch for in this match are Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad
Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy, Mohammad Nabi, Chamika Karunaratne, Baba Indrajith, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Rasikh Salam, Aman Hakim Khan, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar
Predicted XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Pat Cummins, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy
The Sunrisers Hyderabad fell far short of their 193-run target in the previous game after both openers were dismissed for ducks. Rahul Tripathi was the lone fighter, scoring 58 runs. Their batting has been strong, with four of the top five players (Aiden Markram (326 runs), Abhishek Sharma (331 runs), Rahul Tripathi (308 runs), and Nicholas Pooran (261 runs) scoring 250+ runs at a strike rate above 140.
Team Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling unit has been put to the test, allowing 190+ runs in four consecutive matches. In the last few games, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the lone bright spot in the bowling department. T Natarajan and Washington Sundar are injured, and Umran Malik has lost his rhythm, averaging over 12 RPO in three games. J Suchith has been outstanding with limited opportunities, while Karthik Tyagi needs to tighten his line and lengths.
The top players of Sunrisers Hyderabad to watch for in this match are Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad
Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Romario Shepherd, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik, Marco Jansen, Ravikumar Samarth, Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchith, Glenn Phillips, Shashank Singh, Vishnu Vinod, Priyam Garg, Kartik Tyagi, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Saurabh Dubey
Predicted XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kartik Tyagi/T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Romario Shepherd, Umran Malik
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Toss Prediction
Batting first teams have a 9-3 win-loss record at this venue, and the pitch may slow down as the match progresses, so we expect both captains to bat first if they win the toss.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch in Pune has been a little tacky, with uneven bounce, and it may become slower as the game progresses. Spinners may have an advantage on this pitch. In this match, we anticipate average scores of 160-180 runs.
The weather in Pune is bright and sunny, with little to no chance of rain on match day. In the second inning, Dew could cause problems for the bowlers.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match Prediction
Sunrisers Hyderabad has a strong batting lineup; their only concern is the form of their captain, Kane Williamson. Their bowlers lack discipline, and they rely heavily on T Natarajan in the death overs. Kolkata Knight Riders’ batting unit has been very unsteady; team Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad and the team has relied heavily on the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, and Andre Russell to win games so far. Kolkata Knight Riders has a fast attack and a dynamic mystery spin duo in Narine and Chakravarthy. They lack a quality all-rounder to help them complete the fifth bowler’s overs quota. We expect Kolkata Knight Riders to win this match because they have been in better form recently.
Kolkata Knight Riders is the favourite to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad at the odds of 1.80.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (11 matches) and Kolkata Knight Riders (12 matches) each have 10 points in the league phase and are ranked sixth and seventh in the table.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad is currently on a four-match losing streak.
- In their previous match this season, Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets.