IPL 2022 KKR vs SRH: Key battles to watch out for

The 61st match of the IPL 2022 will take place between KKR and SRH in Mumbai on May 14.

Kane Williamson-led SRH lost to RCB in IPL 2022 (Courtesy: iplt20.com)

The 61st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 will take place between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The KKR vs SRH match will be played at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on May 14. While KKR will be coming into the game after a convincing win over Mumbai Indians, SRH has four defeats from their last five games. And, this match will play a key role in both teams’ future as they are still in the race for the playoffs in IPL 2022 as well. However, after having faced two defeats, SRH bounced back and registered five back-to-back wins before losing the plot.

On the other hand, KKR had a good start but they faced five consecutive defeats in between as well. The bowling has been good so far for SRH with Umran Malik’s stunning pace, Bhuvnshwar Kumar’s deadly swing, and T Natarajan’s accuracy as well. Moreover, their top 4 batters in the batting department have been contributing valuable runs too. Meanwhile, KKR players too have been on and off throughout the season. Moreover, they got a big blow with Pat Cummins ruling out of the league with injury as well.

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KKR vs SRH: Let’s take a look at the three-player battles

Kane Williamson vs Andre Russell

Kane Williamson has been going through an on and off-season so far where he failed to contribute for their last two matches. Last, he contributed against Chennai Super Kings where he scored 47 off 37 before getting trapped before the stumps off Pretorius. However, his efforts went in vain as Chennai Super Kings won by 13 runs. However, against KKR, he played a quick cameo of 17 runs which came off 16 balls with 3 boundaries before Andre Russell bowled him. Since both sides will take on each other, it will be interesting to see who will have the last laugh in the KKR vs SRH game.

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Nicholas Pooran vs Sunil Narine

It is going to be interesting on the field battle when Sunil Narine will come to bowl against SunRisers Hyderabad’s Nicholas Pooran. Narine has dismissed the wicket-keeper batter once in their previous 3 innings whereas he remained unbeaten when both sides met each other for the first time in IPL 2022. If getting a chance, smashing Narine would be a great idea considering he has already dismissed the swashbuckling batter in the cash-rich league. However, Pooran is doing good in the middle order and it will be interesting to see him replicate his form again as well.

T Natarajan vs Shreyas Iyer

T Natarajan has been consistent with the ball for SunRisers Hyderabad where he claimed 17 wickets in 9 games so far as well. With Kolkata Knight Riders’ openers are currently struggling with their form, he will try to pick them up early and the captain Shreyas Iyer too as well. However, Shreyas Iyer too has failed to live up to the expectations – both as a captain and as a batter. When they last met in IPL 2022, he managed to score only 28 off 25 before getting dismissed. While KKR lost the game, it will be interesting to see how he faces the fiery spells of T Natarajan in the KKR vs SRH game.

Sportslumo Desk

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