These two teams have been decent this season, not putting a foot wrong in their bid to achieve a respectable league finish. While the title may already be out of reach, SRH and KKR will be pushing for a top-four spot to advance to the playoffs.
SRH were brought down to bare bones on the last matchday against CSK, the latter emerging victorious by 20 runs. Their batting lineup failed to hit their high marks in that fixture. Though Warner and Jonny Bairstow began the game brightly, Manish Pandey’s performances were questionable.
In truth, the player has been disappointing in the last few games. However, Kane Williamson is currently on a stupendous run of form, helping to cover for the inconsistent Pandey. Their bowling unit is in shambles with injuries to many key players. Now, the onus is on Sandeep Sharma to shine this weekend.
They haven’t been performing well with the bat and will need to improve in that aspect of the game. Openers Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill have failed to combine well lately, causing their side to begin games poorly.
Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik are currently in a rut, scuffling to control the middle order expertly. Morgan has been brilliant but will need good support from Andre Russel who has been enduring a difficult campaign. Cummins is the king of the park in the bowling department.
That said, what gives KKR the edge is their 100% fully fit squad. Meanwhile, SRH are struggling with so many injuries at the moment. A close call, we expect Kolkata Knight Riders to clinch maximum points, perhaps in a fortuitous manner.
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