Today at IPL 2022, SRH vs KKR: Kane Williamson looks to make it 3 on a trot against hungry Kolkata

Kolkata Knight Riders hope to wipe out their heavy defeat to Delhi Capitals when they face the high-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, April 15. Shreyas Iyer and his team would try to wipe out their only defeat in three games and try to gain some distance from the rest of the table, who currently have a full top half.

The Kolkata-based outfit will struggle against Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers, who have just established themselves in the league. While their team looked weak in the auctions and opening game, Hyderabad has found rhythm after the inclusion of Marco Jansen in the lineup.

There are several questions about both the teams and their combinations at the moment, and some will be put under the scanner on Friday.

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SRH INJURY WOES

Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered an injury in their last game, with Rahul Tripathi injured after playing 11 balls. It looked like a hamstring when he ran away, but it was later confirmed to be a case of camp and he would be available for roster in the next game.

As Tripathi walks into the XI, SRH will miss the services. Washington Sundar, who has split the webbing in his bowling hand, will miss the game.

Washi’s absence will hurt SRH a lot in a game against KKR, which has elite spin hitters throughout the lineup. A match between Shreyas Iyer and SRH’s second-best alternative – Shreyas Gopal, may not go down well with Kane Williamson’s team.

WILL KKR BRING INTENTION?

Opener Venkatesh Iyer dragged coach Brendon McCullum’s line before their game against SRH, stating that he likes to show his intent at the top of the order. Iyer’s partnership with Shubman Gill was key to KKR’s second-half exploits in the IPL last season, as they stormed into the playoffs despite a dismal start in India.

The combination did not really click this season with Ajinkya Rahane who stuttered early on and Iyer himself came well in only 1 of the 5 games played this season.

Rahane’s position in the squad had already come under the scanner before the tournament even started, and now social media is vociferously questioning his intentions. Luckily for him, SRH this season is a pace bowling based attack, and that’s what Rahane’s USP has been over the years.

PREVIOUS RESULTS

Shreyas Iyer and co. were horribly beaten by Delhi Capitals at Brabourne Stadium on April 10. The famous bowling attack of Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy was broken up by DC batting.

KKR has previously won three in a row and would hope that SRH’s relative lack of clout will allow them to escape torture this time around.

SRH, on the other hand, will support their ability to chase anything under 175 and hope their pace battery can do the job in the absence of their lone star spinner Washington Sundar.

PLAYERS IN FOCUS

Shreyas Iyer: Shreyas Iyer’s claim to fame was his ability against spin. He can hit it for a very long time, and the fact that SRH Washi will not field Sundar should be a big boost for him. Brabourne’s smaller size also means a lot of edges fly over the rope, and you should expect Iyer to be fine.

Rahul Tripathi: Rahul Tripathi looked like the most intentional batsman in the SRH lineup. Tripathi became a household name while playing for KKR in the recent past and has the ability to access all areas of the ground. On Friday he is eager to play against his old team.

PREDICT PLAY XIs

Sunrise Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Aiden Markram, Shashank Singh/Abdul Samad, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, T Natarajan, Umran Malik.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings (wk), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Salam, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy.

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