David Warner , Bairstow, Bhuvi, Williamson, Natarajan and many other big names play for this franchise, which makes them look scary for the opposition. On their day, any of these above players can win matches single handedly for their team. Warner and Bairstow will be hoping to continue from where they left off last season and give the opposing bowlers a tough time. While Bhuvi and Natrajan can continue to trouble the visiting batters with the ball. The addition of veteran Jadhav might come handy for them, to provide support, in their weak middle order with Vijay Shankar, given that Jadhav has recovered from his slump of previous season. If all goes well, SRH might be in race for the title.
Possible – 11
David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Kolkata Knight Riders
Eoin Morgan led team has their fair amount pros and cons and doesn’t look that intimidating on paper. Tamil Nadu veteran Dinesh Karthik must step up to provide Morgan the stability in the middle. Narine, Cummins and Russell must also show some intent than last year and be explosive to help KKR in their hunt for the title. Also, there are a few promising players in Rana, Shakib, Harbhajan, Ben Cutting, Varun, Mavi and Ferguson who could help KKR overcome their slump from previous seasons. If Morgan and Russell hit off well, KKR could well be in race for top 4.
Possible – 11
Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), 6 Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
The Sunrisers haven’t won in three attempts in Chennai. The Knight Riders haven’t fared any better, losing seven out of their nine games here. One of those wins, however, gave them their maiden IPL crown in 2012. This could be a high scoring match with Warner, Bairstow, Kane, Morgan, Russell, Gill and DK in the batting ranks of both teams. However, given the recent trends between the clash of these 2 teams, SRH will have a mental edge over KKR.
Sunrisers Hyderabad might come out on top in this clash.
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