The IPL 2020 season, the 13th edition of the cash-rich cricket league has its 35th match on 18th October when Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The ongoing IPL season has full of ups and downs for Sunrisers Hyderabad. In their last outing against CSK, the batting order failed in chasing down the target, despite Kane Williamson’s appreciable 57-off-39. Sandeep Sharma etched out stunning bowling figures with two scalps, while Khaleel and Natarajan also secured two wickets each but were costly.
Full Squad: David Warner (c), Rashid Khan, Sanjay Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Abdul Samad, Mitchell Marsh, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Fabian Allen, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Bavanaka, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Singh, T Natarajan, Kane Williamson, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Siddarth Kaul, Priyam Garg.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The captaincy change before facing Mumbai Indians wasn’t fruitful for KKR. Morgan on his first match as a skipper scored 39 plus a superb 53 from Pat Cummins helped KKR reach a mediocre total of 148, which MI comfortably reached by the 17th over.
Full Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarti, Tom Banton (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik (wk), Pravin Tambe, M Siddharth.
Waging odds: Sunrisers Hyderabad (1.90) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (1.80)
Sunrisers Hyderabad are priced at 1.90 and are the underdogs. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹190 if they snatch a victory.
Kolkata Knight Riders are the favourites and are priced at 1.80, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹180.
In their previous faceoff in this IPL season, KKR had won the match by 7 wickets. However, their bowlers need to be on top of their game to restrict the SRH batting squad, which have the ability to land huge knocks with Warner, Bairstow, Pandey and Williamson in charge.
Rashid Khan, although not having his best day in the last game, will be leading the bowling attack for SRH, while the KKR top-order needs to be more consistent increase their chances of winning.
It will be a victory for SunRisers Hyderabad.