IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad aim to renew intense rivalry

Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have had a topsy-turvy rivalry in which one team has never gotten on top of the other for a long period of time.

SRH players in a file photo. (Image credit: Twitter)

The Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad rivalry is a very peculiar rivalry. These two teams are intense, play out some low-scoring thrillers and end up giving the fans plenty of tense moments. In IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad played two intense matches. One match ended in a Super Over, with Lockie Ferguson saving Kolkata Knight Riders. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad is a team that refuses to give up. David Warner leads from the front. However, his groin injury is a cause of concern. 

Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL 2021 build-up was impacted with Nitish Rana testing positive for coronavirus. For Sunrisers Hyderabad, the withdrawal of Mitchell Marsh due to the bio-bubble fatigue has opened the door for Jason Roy. Roy and Jonny Bairstow have been the cornerstone for England’s dominance in limited-overs cricket for the last couple of years. Sunrisers Hyderabad might not tamper with the Warner-Bairstow combination.

On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping that they can sort out their batting and bowling compositions. In IPL 2020, too many mistakes were made in the batting order or with the team composition. This cost them the chance to reach the playoffs. Eoin Morgan has a proactive approach to captaincy and he will be hoping to help Kolkata Knight Riders get some consistency.

Team News

Sunrisers Hyderabad have a fantastic top order but their middle order is slightly weak. With youngsters in the fray for Sunrisers, they will be hoping that they fire. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders will want stability. The inclusion of Shakib Al Hasan will boost both the bowling and the batting. The Bangladesh star knows the weakness of the Sunrisers Hyderabad side, having played with them a couple of seasons back. With Harbhajan Singh in the mixture and with the match taking place in Chennai, the veteran will be a tremendous asset. 

Probable Playing 11s

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

Match details

Match No.3: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Venue: MA Chidambaram stadium, Chennai

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Weather

Hot and humid! That will be the weather in Chennai for this match. The pitch will be slow and low which will assist spinners. Another tense encounter might be in store. 

Statistics

Kolkata Knight Riders have a 12-7 head-to-head record against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. In 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders won both the encounters. The last match, though, was a Super Over which was won by Kolkata Knight Riders




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