IPL 2020 Match 8 Preview: KKR vs SRH - Mohammad Nabi set to make Hyderabad XI as KKR look to shake off rust
Playing their first match against Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders did show signs of rustiness as they could not even come close to Mumbai Indians' total of 195 and could only manage 146 runs, losing the match by 49 runs.
KKR's Mavi impresses
The pace and control of Shivam Mavi was a revelation for Kolkata Knight Riders against MI as he conceded just 32 runs from his 4 overs and picked up two wickets, which was great given the high-scoring match.
Sunil Narine was a bank for KKR as always. Andre Russell also impressed in his two overs. Sandeep Warrier finished with figures of 3-0-34-0, but he showed some good signs of improvement and is a work in progress for Kolkata. Unfortunately for them, Kuldeep Yadav and Pat Cummins went for plenty.
Kolkata batting rusty against MI
Chasing a mammoth target, their opening combination of Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine did not work. Narine will have a couple more opportunities to open after which there might be a change at the top of the order if the all-rounder does not perform.
It was a surprise move by KKR to bring up Dinesh Karthik at number 3. He did impress in his 23-ball stay at the crease but Karthik is perhaps more suited in the finisher's role. Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell looked completely out of touch for Kolkata and with their dismissal, Kolkata's hopes of winning their first match of the season also evaporated.
That said, Kolkata will come back stronger in this game with a match under their belt now and having tested out their combinations in the middle.
Injury concerns for Hyderabad
While Kolkata Knight Riders were simply rusty in their opening fixture, Sunrisers Hyderabad's loss in their first match of the season was a combination of poor execution and misfortune.
To begin with, Mitchell Marsh, the SRH all-rounder who was picked over Mohammad Nabi, could only deliver four balls before he had to walk off. Marsh has been ruled out of the season with Jason Holder picked as his replacement.
It is likely that SRH will go in with Mohammad Nabi for this game. If Kane Williamson has recovered from his quadriceps injury, he can be brought in to consolidate the SRH middle order.
David Warner was unfortunate to be run-out at the non-striker's end in the last match. Both Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey perished off rash shots after getting set.
SRH depend on bowling to bail them out
The SRH bowling though did impress, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar standing out. Although he did not pick up any wicket, Bhuvneshwar conceded just 25 runs from his four overs. Young all-rounder Abhishek Sharma got to bowl two overs in which he picked up one wicket and conceded 16 runs.
With their Afghan spin bowling duo of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan set to be back together, Hyderabad would expect to have their first win on the table.
Match Analytics and Odds
The form of SRH would suggest your cricket betting on this match should be with SRH to win.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) - David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Mitchell Marsh, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) - Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(c & wk), Nikhil Naik, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi
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