Kolkata Knight Riders will cross swords with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Saturday in match number 61 of IPL 2022.
It is a do-or-die match for both KKR and SRH as the losing side will be disqualified from the Playoff race.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has played 11 games so far this season where they have managed to win 5 and lose 6 matches.
SRH is currently standing at the 6th spot on the points table whereas, Kolkata Knight Riders are placed at the 7th position with 5 wins from 12 games.
Performance in the previous match:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Kolkata Knight Riders registered a big win of 52 runs against Mumbai Indians in their previous match.
Kolkata posted 165 runs on the board, Venkatesh Iyer scored 43 runs from 26 balls while Nitish Rana smashed 43 runs off 24 balls.
Kolkata then bowled out Mumbai Indians for just 113 runs, Pat Cummins picked up 3 wickets for just 23 runs while Russell grabbed 2 wickets.
Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a 67-run loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match.
Sunrisers Hyderabad was bowled out for only 117 runs while chasing a big total of 193.
Rahul Tripathi was the only batter who looked good against RCB’s bowling attack.
He scored 58 runs from just 37 balls while only 3 batters were able to cross the double figures in SRH’s inning.
Teams: SRH vs KKR
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date: 14th May, Saturday
Time: 7:00 pm IST
Average 1st innings score
The average 1st innings total at this venue is 160
Head to head record
Here is the head-to-head record between these two sides in the history of IPL.
Total Matches Played: 23
KKR won: 14
SRH won: 8
Tie/no results: 0
The batters can score quick runs on this pitch early on but as the match progresses, the spinners will play a crucial part and they can be the match changers on this pitch.
The fast bowlers can get benefit from this pitch throughout the match if they bowl in the right areas.
KKR Probable Playing 11
Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer ©, Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav
SRH Probable Playing 11
Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson ©, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Sean Abbott, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kartik Tyagi, Umran Malik
Star bowler of the match
Sunil Narine is having a wonderful season with the bowl for KKR.
He is might not be picking up enough wickets but he is almost unhittable this season and his economy rate is outstanding.
Star batsman of the match
Shreyas Iyer has played a couple of brilliant knocks for his side this season.
He has scored 336 runs from 12 games so far with the best score of 85.
Shreyas Iyer will be the star performer with the bat in this match.
Star Wicketkeeper of the match
Nicholas Pooran has been impressive for Hyderabad in the middle-overs.
Pooran scores at a good strike rate in the death overs and he is also quite sharp behind the stumps. He will be the best keeper in this match.
Star all-rounder of the match
Andre Russell is delivering with both bat and ball for Kolkata this season and he is probably the best all-rounder of IPL 2022.
Russell has scored more than 281 runs and picked up 14 wickets in 12 games this season.
Who will win?
It is a must-win game for both Kolkata and Hyderabad and they will have to put all their energy and planning into this game to stay alive in the competition.
Kolkata Knight Riders had convincingly won their previous game while Hyderabad is coming into this match with a huge defeat so, the momentum will be with KKR.
Hyderabad can still make a comeback and knock out Kolkata but it will not be an easy task for them.
According to the current form and team combination, we predict that Kolkata Knight Riders will beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in match 61 of IPL 2022.