After a couple of remarkable performances, suddenly you start to believe in yourself. This was the case for the Knight Riders in their recent IPL match against the Titans. At first, it seemed like the Titans were on track to secure yet another victory, especially with the defending champions make them struggling with a hat-trick from Rashid and Russell being dismissed for a golden duck. Additionally, the Knight Riders were considered to be the underdogs on paper. But then, Shardul Thakur and Rinku Singh pulled off an incredible feat that could arguably be the greatest miracle in IPL history.
Later that same day, the Sunrisers Hyderabad claimed their first win of the season, albeit with less fanfare than the Knight Riders’ triumph. The team boasts an impressive bowling unit, but their batting has not quite met expectations. However, thanks to Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram’s clinical chase against the Punjab Kings, the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s batting potential has been realized. The squad is arguably the most well-rounded in the league, and with Harry Brook yet to make an impact in the IPL.
Both KKR and Sunrisers are entering this game on the back of victories and a boost of confidence. KKR must find a way to sustain their momentum without relying on individual brilliance, while Sunrisers must maintain their high level of performance as any negative momentum can lead to a sudden decline.
In head-to-head matches, KKR have established dominance over the Sunrisers with a record of 15 wins and 8 losses overall. This trend is even more pronounced at the Eden Gardens, where KKR has triumphed over SRH in 6 games while suffering just 2 defeats. Notably, SRH has only managed to secure a solitary victory against KKR at the Eden Gardens since 2020.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Probable XI: Jason Roy, N Jagadeesan (w), Venkatesh lyer, Nitish Rana (c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Probable XI: Mayank Agarwal, Harry Brook, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (w), Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Mayank Markande, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik
Interesting facts about the upcoming match:
Rahul Tripathi has maintained an impressive strike rate of nearly 150 and has never been dismissed by Sunil Narine, scoring 71 runs off 48 balls against him.
Aiden Markram has had success against KKR’s star bowler in the last game, Varun Chakravarthy, scoring 40 runs in just 20 balls.