For the second time in IPL 2020, SunRisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns as they search for the much-needed two points to lift their campaign. SunRisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders have both losses in their previous games; however, the latter has suffered one less defeat in comparison and a victory more. Nevertheless, the issues remain for both of them that could be precarious.
SunRisers Hyderabad, who are the hosts, need consistent firings from their top four and Manish Pandey in specific, who has scored only one fifty so far. Their bowling attack is shaping up well, even in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar; however, the chink remains in the form of an explosive finisher. That particular needs to be taken up by Vijay Shankar, who is more experienced than his compatriots.
In contrast, Kolkata Knight Riders have undergone a change in captaincy due to which the side looks a little more unsettled. The misfiring duo of Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana get their act together and as does Andre Russell, who has surprisingly failed in each one of his innings. The absence of Sunil Narine is not only affecting the Knight Riders’ balance but is also minimizing one of their wicket-taking options.
IPL 2020: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Match prediction:
Kolkata Knight Riders, who beat SunRisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in their last encounter, look a lot more muddled with their batting order. Hence, the SunRisers Hyderabad’s bowling attack will look to target and brutally expose the same. It might be fair to say that despite their low standings in the IPL 2020 points table, the Orange Army begin as marginal favourites.