Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad:
It is pretty much neck to neck when it comes to the top half of the Indian Premier League as Kolkata Knight Riders will face defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the 14th game of the competition.
Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their last game to Mumbai by six wickets but will have a big task on their hands to break their duck at Eden Gardens as the side has yet to register a win in the last three games there. Mustafizur Rahman will make his way into the side as Kolkata Knight Riders have a plethora of players who can deliver killer blows in their prime form against any side. Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were spectacular in the last game despite Hyderabad first loss of the competition. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan played well but middle order showed lack of application to post a below par score on the board. Moises Henriques was dropped that proved to be bizarre decision in the context of the game. Henriques might come in place of Ben Cutting while Mustafizur Rahman will retain his place in the side.
Kolkata made clever strategic moves in the last game as Sunil Narine was promoted to open alongside with Captain Gautam Gambhir. The pair got Kolkata off to great start as they cantered to a comfortable win against Kings XI Punjab. Umesh Yadav made a return with a bang as he bagged four wickets to restrict Kings XI to a gettable total. Sunil Narine proved to be economical in his four-over spell in the game. Gambhir as the leader is chipping in with consistent runs and will aim to continue his good form against Sunrisers come the game on Saturday.
This will first game of the Saturday extravaganza as dew might not be able to dictate the result of the game so much as David Warner will be keen to do well as they suffered a timely reminder that any side on their beat can outclass them in the competition.