Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Time running out for KKR as Playoffs race heats up. Eoin Morgan has aggregated only 109 from 12 games this season.
Eoin Morgan has aggregated only 109 from 12 games this season.
With Delhi Capitals beating Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders can afford to breathe a little easy. KKR continue to be in the top four and hold the advantage over MI because of their superior net run rate. Having said that, KKR are in desperate need of results going their way. Sunrisers Hyderabad, whom KKR play next, last year knocked out Eoin Morgan's men. This time around SRH are not in contention to make it to the Playoffs but have a chance to ensure KKR don't make it either, for a third year in a row.
Eoin Morgan's poor returns should concern the team management but Brendon McCullum has shown tremendous faith in the captain to turn things around. Morgan's poor returns forced KKR to go batting heavy against Punjab Kings and the move backfired in a close contest. They once again face the tricky challenge to balance their side, especially with Andre Russell leaving a massive void.
When: KKR vs SRH, October 3, 2021, 19:30 IST, 18:00 local time
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
What to expect: Batters can expect another track that'll be easy to score on. However, there will be some movement on offer early on for the pacers and the captains will prefer to chase.
Head To Head: KKR 13 – 7 SRH. The last time these two sides met in Chennai, KKR sealed a 10-run win over SRH with Nitish Rana making a 56-ball 80.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Injured/Unavailable: KKR continue to wait on the fitness of Russell and Lockie Ferguson.
Tactics & Matchups: The focus will once again be on the KKR spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine. In UAE so far, they have 13 wickets in five matches and have given runs at less than six an over thrice. Wriddhiman Saha strikes at over 140 against KKR but struggles against Narine. All other SRH batters too struggle against Narine and with Chakravarthy also in the mix, KKR will once again bank on their spinners for a middle overs strangle.
Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Tim Seifert/Shakib al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy
Injured/Unavailable: SRH haven't reported any injury concerns ahead of the contest.
Tactics & Matchups: Rashid Khan, since 2017, has picked 89 wickets from 73 matches at an economy of 6.24. He'll once again be the crucial cog but SRH will bank on Bhuvneshwar Kumar making the early inroads and preventing KKR from making a fast start.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Did you know?
– Dinesh Karthik is four runs away from scoring 4000 runs in IPL.
– In UAE, KKR have won both their matches against SRH.
– SRH have a better record in Dubai with seven wins and five losses. KKR have lost three and have won two at the same venue.
What they said:
“When you take out Russell, it's always difficult to balance your side. When you take one of your big players out, who happens to be an allrounder, you always have that delicate balance to try and balance your side. You have to either go with your batting strong or bowling strong” – Brendon McCullum.