Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are among the table toppers. However, still they are a match away from IPL 2018 final. The teams facing today in the second elimination match of IPL 2018 has comparable stats. While the Sunrisers won for the longest stretch with six back to back matches, Kolkata Knight Riders had four back to back victories in their recent games. On the other hand, Sunrisers’ campaign in the latter stretch went haywire losing four matches one after another.
In this match, the bowling ensemble and attack of both the teams are under the prime spot light. Sunrisers Hyderabad has spin as the primary attacking mode. This turns to pace options for Kolkata. The teams are packed with both pacers and spinners making them bowling heavy sides. Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan has been effective as the spin attackers of Hyderabad, while, Prasidh and Andre Russell is heading the pace ensemble for Knight Riders.
In a contrasting formation, there are three primary pacers in Hyderabad’s side Sidharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Kumar. This combination meets its anti in Riders’ spin ensemble, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla. These complementary ensembles are certain to make the game an enthralling faceoff.
In batting, Kane Williamson has been imperative along with Shikhar Dhawan. Shakib Al Hasan played several innings to help the team win matches. In lower order, Carlos Braithwaite’s strike emerged as a strong bet. Knight Riders always one or other batsmen to knock. The top players of the season in batting front are Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell. This makes the team sturdier than Hyderabad in batting.
For Knight Riders, Kane Williamson is certainly at spotlight. Bowling coach Heath Streak pointed at Kane Williamson that he’s been playing well at the moment. Streak also pointed that “he’s picking line and length very well.” The team has concrete knowledge that the margins of errors on Williamson are very high.
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