KKR vs SRH IPL 2021 Preview: 3rd Oct - KKR desperate for a win to remain in playoff contention
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been struggling for form and relevance in IPL 2021.
KKR let opportunity slip away
Kolkata Knight Riders had a golden opportunity of beating Punjab Kings in their last match and sneaking ahead in the playoffs race. However, a 5-wicket loss against Punjab has meant that Kolkata are now tied on points with Punjab and will have to win both their remaining two matches to qualify for the playoffs.
With the form that Kolkata are in, back to back victories are certainly possible. However, the team would be kicking itself for not earning the crucial two points, especially after they got off to a brilliant start against Punjab Kings.
Iyer, Tripathi in great form
Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi added 72 runs for the second wicket and Kolkata were on 94/1 in the 12th over. The team let it slip away from their grasp and could only manage 165 when 180 or more was easily achievable.
KKR then did a good job of taking the match to the last over. As always, mystery spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine made life tough for the opposition batsmen.
However, the team was struggling with more wicket-taking options in the absence of Lockie Ferguson and Andre Russell, both of whom are out due to injury.
Tim Southee who held his own in his first match of IPL 2021 conceded 40 runs against Punjab. As a result, Morgan had no choice but to bowl all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer in the final over which did not turn out well for Kolkata.
After dropping Prasidh Krishna, Kolkata have tried Sandeep Warrier and Shivam Mavi in back to back matches. Krishna had done a brilliant job for KKR before bowling an ordinary over against Chennai Super Kings which cost KKR the match. However, the team management should show a lot more trust in him rather than playing musical chairs with the domestic pacers in their squad.
Different personnel, same result for SRH
There is not much to write home about Sunrisers Hyderabad. Despite replacing David Warner and Manish Pandey with Jason Roy and Priyam Garg, the results haven't changed for Hyderabad.
The fact that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not taking a lot of wickets is another worry for the bottom-placed franchise. They have three more matches to salvage some pride and the Kane Williamson led side does possess the ability to spoil Kolkata's party.
Predicted playing XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders - Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
Sunrisers Hyderabad - Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
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