KKR vs SRH Preview – Kolkata look to extend their winning momentum at home

An upbeat Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Sunriser Hyderabad in the 19th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League season at the Eden Gardens on Friday, April 14. The home side completed one of the greatest run chases in the competition’s history in their previous encounter against defending champions Gujarat Titans.

Nitish Rana’s side were seemingly out of the contest when they needed 29 runs off the last over against Gujarat Titans. However, Rinku Singh had other ideas as he pumped Yash Dayal for five consecutive sixes to pull off a miraculous win. Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana also displayed great form with the bat earlier in the match.

Meanwhile, Aiden Markram’s Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their first victory of the tournament after clipping the wings of the high-flying Punjab Kings in their previous encounter. The win was set up by Mayank Markande’s brilliant four for and Rahul Tripathi’s trailblazing half-century in the second innings.

Pitch and conditions

The last match at this venue saw the spinners run riot in the second innings of the match. Although there is some turn on offer for the slower bowlers, it has been a high-scoring surface in recent years. The team winning the toss would be inclined to bat first at this venue.

Venue details: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Last T20 match at the venue: KKR – 204/7 (20 overs) RCB- 123 (17.4 overs)

Here’s the probable playing XI for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad:

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR will be delighted by the form displayed by Venkatesh and Rana against GT. The duo was integral to their chase before Rinku got the side home at the fag end of the innings. However, the fast-bowling department has still plenty of room for improvement.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Aiden Markram’s side were clinical in all aspect of the game in their previous encounter and the Orange Army will hope for more of the same in the upcoming encounter. Rahul Tripathi’s sizzling display have provided a new lease of life to the Hyderabad-based outfit.