Last Update on: April 13th, 2023 at 08:52 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would be booming with confidence after defeating Gujarat Titans (GT) against all odds. KKR are all set to clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on 14th April (*Friday). Andre Russell‘s form has been a concern for KKR. Andre Russell has looked scratchy & has played rash shots.
SRH have rediscovered their mojo after beating Punjab Kings (PBKS) quite convincingly. All eyes would be on the rising batter Harry Brook who surprisingly opened the batting in the previous game & was slowly getting into the groove. It would be interesting to see whether Abhishek Sharma is fit & available for selection.
KKR on the other side would be backing themselves to defeat SRH at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. We witnessed how KKR thrashed the dangerous RCB’s batting lineup when the spin trio of Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy & Suyash Sharma spurned a web.
I don’t think Andre Russell is underperforming- Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson was attending the pre-match press conference ahead of the SRH clash. Lockie Ferguson backed Andre Russell to come good. Lockie Ferguson also stated that skipper Nitish Rana & head coach Chandrakant Patil have been quite helpful.
“I don’t think Andre is underperforming. Look at the last game. He has tried what he can do. Nice to be honest. We have won two good matches but nothing has changed so far. We are confident and we have an experienced side,” said Lockie Ferguson.
“We all know what Andre can do, particularly here was my first season (IPL 2019) and first experience of Andre and Jesus! I have not seen a guy hit like that. I am sure he will put us a show for us tomorrow night,” he stated
IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team | Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
“It’s been a great experience with Chandrakant from the start. I love his honesty.Captain Nitish Rana and Coach Chandrakant Pandit have a good partnership. Yeah, obviously, at Eden Gardens, we have the home crowd. But away, we have to battle the crowds,” he added.
Great chance for SRH
SRH would sense that they can spoil the party of KKR. They have got the services of T Natarajan, Umran Malik & Bhuvneshwar Kumar who could rattle the opponent on a given day. The role of Washington Sundar would be quite decisive as the pitch at Kolkata is expected to be a turner.
KKR would be well aware of the fact that defending is quite tough at Eden Gardens. It won’t be wrong to say that KKR have got good depth in both departments of the game. The role of experienced bowler Tim Southee would be quite pivotal in the crunch moments of the match.