Sunrisers Hyderabad will face Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 54 of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal. Despite recent losses, Hyderabad are assured of a playoffs berth. For KKR though, a win will assure them of a spot in the top four.
With 18 points so far, Hyderabad are sitting pretty in the top of the points table as of now. However, they have lost two in two recently, and another loss is not an ideal way for them to head into the playoffs. They would be pleased with the return to form of Manish Pandey as it would mean lesser pressure on Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan.
A loss would hurt KKR in a big way, so they have a lots at stake. They have won two games in a row. Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik and Chris Lynn are have hit batting form. Youngsters Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill have also done well. Their bowling has continued to impress.
Played 13. Hyderabad won 5, Kolkata won 8
Head-to-Head at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
Played 4. Hyderabad won 2, Kolkata won 2
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C), Tanmay Agarwal, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Carlos Brathwaite, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami, Alex Hales, Mehdi Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Sachin Baby, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Sandeep Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C) (W), Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport, Ishank Jaggi, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Apporv Wankhade