They say IPL is won at auction tables. For the 2nd consecutive time KKR have made a big mess in the mega auctions. To add salt to injury, Alex Hales pulled out of the tournament. KKR could have signed a good replacement in Paul Stirling but they decided to bring in Aaron Finch who is struggling to put bat onto the ball in last 2 years. KKR's opening combination is a mess, they are trying a new pair in every new game. As a result, their 2 big guns Russell and Narine have to carry the entire team instead of KKR supporting them with good players. Their hopes of qualification are almost over even if they win their remaining 2 games and it would require a big miracle and an insane amount of bottling by the other teams for KKR to get through.
Till the last week of April, there were no clouds over SRH's qualification chances for the playoffs as they had won 5 consecutive games and were looking a lethal all round unit. Things have gone only south for the Orange army since that game against GT where they couldn't defend 21 in the last over and lost back to back games against CSK, DC & RCB. To make matters worse their squad has been marred by injuries. Sundar has again suffered a split webbing on his hand, T Natarajan who is SRH's highest wkt taker this season with 17 wkts did not feature in last 2 game. Marco Jansen & Suchith also had to miss the game against DC. Perhaps, its now the right time to take a call on Williamson's place in the squad. He has played 11 games and is striking below 100. According to cricviz analyst, his impact is - 85. Williamson has played 72/127 dot balls he has faced in the Powerplay. Tripathi at top and Kane at 5 could just be the ideal swap.
Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Shashank Singh, Jagdish Suchith, Marco Jansen/Sean Abott, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan/Kartik Tyagi
Kolkata Knight Riders
Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Anukul Roy, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav/Harshit Rana, Shivam Mavi
MCA Stadium, Pune
-Average 1st innings total : 169.5
- Average 1st innings total in 2022: 171.0
-Average 1st innings winning total: 179.7
-Highest total: 211/4 - CSK vs DC
-Lowest total: 73 - PBKS vs RPSG
-Teams batting 1st: Have won 27 matches
-Teams batting 2nd: Have won 23 matches
Record at MCA Stadium, Pune
KKR: Played 8, Won -7, Lost -1
SRH: Played 5, Won -1, Lost -4
Head to Head
Overall: KKR leads by 14-8
Batting 1st: KKR leads by 6-4
Batting 2nd: KKR leads by 8-4
Last 5 matches: KKR leads by 4-1
Rahane v Bhuvi: 89/6 at 92 sr
Russell v Bhuvi: 51/1 at 242 sr
S Iyer v Bhuvi: 44/3 at 89 sr
Rana v Bhuvi: 39/2 at 118 sr
Kane v Umesh: 76/1 at 172 sr
Tripathi v Umesh: 69/0 at 209 sr
Tripathi v Narine: 67/0 at 149 sr
Tripathi v Russell: 15/2
Pooran v Varun: 26/2 at 153 sr
Form Update ( last 5 innings)
Key players & Fanatsy Picks
Andre Russell: The 2 time MVP of the IPL was quiet with the bat in the past 2 seasons but he displayed a scintillating show of power hitting against PBKS and yet again proved why he is one of the most dangerous players in t20 cricket. He scored 49 in the game against SRH, 40 odd vs GT and another 40+ score against LSG and is also contributing with the ball by taking atleast 1/2 wkts in every game. He took 4 wkts in the last over against GT game. Russell strikes at 209 at the death with 74 sixes. He has hit 28 sixes so far.
Aiden Markram: In the past one year, Markram has scored 570 runs for SA at a SR of 148. He had a very good outing in t20 wc and was featured in ICC's team of the tournament. Markram is also a useful part time off spinner and does the job well in Powerplay. He was the top scorer for SRH in the 1st game and scored a 50, registered his 2nd one in the game against KKR. and remained not out on 41 against PBKS and again scored a 50 v GT & SRH. He is the only middle order batter to have 5 scores of 40+
Rahul Tripathi: He has the 2nd best SR in this season ( min 300 runs). And the 5th best SR for a middle order batter since last season. He scored a 70 odd against his ex team in the last encounter and has a good head to head record against Narine and Varun.
(Fantasy rating: 8.5)
Sunil Narine: 0/15, 1/12, 1/23, 0/26, 2/21, 0/23, 2/21, 0/31, 1/19, 0/19, 1/20, 0/21 are his spells in the 12 games so far with a dot % of 43 and an economy of 5.3
Umran Malik has leaked runs in 3 consecutive games after the 5 fer against GT. KKR's line up is susceptible against pace and he could ru through their batting order once again.
Prediction: Winners - SRH