IPL 2018: 54th Match, SRH vs KKR - Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted XI

Published - 19 May 2018, 05:10 PM | Updated - 19 May 2018, 05:15 PM

Kolkata Knight Riders, Dinesh Karthik.
Dinesh Karthik. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will travel to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) home ground for 54th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. It is going to be a must-win contest for the Men in Purple.

If Kolkata is able to get better off the table-toppers, then they will advance to the playoffs stages. However, a negative result can end their hopes as they have maintained a poor Net Run-Rate.

On the other hand, Sunrisers will like to get back to winning ways after losing their last two matches. However, the Orange Army is already assured of a top-two finish after winning nine matches.

Meanwhile, when these two teams had met early in the season, Sunrisers won the match by five wickets.

Here is a look at the Predicted Playing XI of the Kolkata Knight Riders:

Sunil Narine:

Narine
Narine. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Sunil Narine has done a fine job for the KKR with both bat as well as the ball.

The Windies all-rounder has provided a good start to the team.

Chris Lynn:

Chris Lynn
Lynn. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Chris Lynn had played imperative innings of 45 in the last match against Rajasthan Royals (RR). Furthermore, Lynn will like to hit the paddle running in the crucial match.

Robin Uthappa:

Uthappa
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Robin Uthappa form is a cause of concern for Knight Riders. However, the linchpin has got off to starts in all but every match. However, he hasn’t able to convert them into substantial scores.

Nitish Rana:

Rana
Rana. Photo by: Ron Gaunt / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Nitish Rana has looked a bit out of sorts in the last few games. The southpaw batsman will like to hit the ground running in the imperative encounter.

It’s a must-win game for KKR.

Dinesh Karthik:

Dinesh Karthik.
Karthik. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Dinesh Karthik has come of age as a leader of the side. Karthik has provided pivotal finishing touches to the Kolkata’s innings.

Andre Russell:

Andre Russell
Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Andre Russell provides KKR’s middle order with a cushion to bat freely. Russell has delivered the goods in all the three aspects of the game.

Shubman Gill:

Shubman Gill IPL 2018
Gill. Credits: BCCI

Shubman Gill has taken the challenge of finishing the innings with both his hands. The youngster has shown all the ingredients to be a potential batsman.

Shivam Mavi:

Shivam Mavi
Mavi celebrates his wicket with teammates. Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Shivam Mavi has bowled with pace and bounce. The Under-19 sensation has continued to impress with his skills in this edition.

Mitchell Johnson:

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Mitchell Johnson. Photo by: Luke Walker /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

KKR will like to add the experience of Mitchell Johnson in the bowling line-up. The former Australian pacer will like to rise to the occasion.

Prasidh Krishna:

Prasidh Krishna IPL 2018
Krishna. Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Prasidh Krishna has also impressed with his skills. The Karnataka-based fast bowler had scalped two wickets in the last game against Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Kuldeep Yadav:

Kuldeep Yadav
Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Kuldeep Yadav scalped four wickets in the previous match for Kolkata Knight Riders.

The mystery chinaman spinner was able to catch batsmen in his spin web.