The Hyderabad team will be high on confidence after winning both their opening fixtures, whereas Kolkata will be looking to bounce back after their last over defeat against Chennai Super Kings.
Both the teams are well balanced, but KKR will look for much better bowling performance after leaking too many runs in the death overs against CSK. Nagarkoti’s injury which ruled him out from the IPL will also hurt Kolkata.
Hyderabad will be sweating while selecting the playing XI. If Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is fit then it would be too harsh to keep Sandeep Sharma out of the squad given his fantastic 2-25 in the last game.
Interesting face off:
Dhawan vs Johnson: Dhawan has been out to Johnson thrice in 26 deliveries, scoring just 22 runs. He averages only 25.11 against KKR - the least amongst the seven opponent teams.
# 18.6 Overs: SIX! Yusuf pulls it away and SRH win by 5 wickets
# 17.5 Overs: FOUR! Yusuf Pathan slaps it hard. SRH 124/5
# 17.2 Overs: OUT! Skipper Williamson walks back and Russell takes a dolly. Williamson c A Russell b Johnson 50(44) SRH 119/5
# 15.5 Overs: OUT! Shakib clean bowled! Shakib b Chawla 27(21) SRH 114/4
# After 15 Overs SRH are 112/3, they need 27 runs off 30 balls.
# 11.6 Overs: SIX! Shakib slaps the short delivery for a maximum. SRH 88/3
# 11.5 Overs: FOUR! One bounce and crosses the boundary line. SRH 82/3
# 11.4 Overs: FOUR! Bouncer by Russell and the outside edge does the job for Shakib. SRH 78/3
# 10.3 Overs: Back to back boundaries for Williamson, he is picking up Kuldeep Yadav pretty well. SRH 70/3
# After 10 overs SRH are at 62 for 3. KKR has done a brilliant job in restricting the run flow
# 8.4 Overs: OUT! Excellent bowling by Kuldeep. Manish Pandey lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 4(11) SRH 55/3
# 5.1 Overs: OUT! Clean bowled Dhawan. Dhawan b Narine 7(7) SRH 46/2
# 4.4 Overs: Four! Williamson at it again. SRH 49/1
# 4.3 Overs: FOUR! Williamson with impeccable use of feet. SRH 41/1
# SRH need 139 to win
# 18.3 Overs: OUT! DK walks back. Karthik c Saha b Bhuvneshwar 29(27) KKR 129/7
# 18.1 Overs: SIX! DK hits it big straight down the ground! KKR 129/6
# 17.4 Overs: FOUR! A much needed boundary for Kolkata. KKR 119/6
# 16.4 Overs: OUT! Shubhman Gill walks back after a half-hearted shot. Shubman Gill c Shakib b Bhuvneshwar 3(9) KKR 112/6
# 13.2 Overs: OUT! Russell walks back after a blinder by Manish Pandey, he is having a superb day! A Russell c Manish Pandey b Stanlake 9(5) KKR 96/5
# 12.2 Overs: OUT! Lynn walks back. Chris Lynn c and b Shakib 49(34) KKR 87/4
# 10.4 Overs: OUT! Narine departs and Williamson takes a stunner. Narine c Williamson b Shakib 9(10) KKR 79/3
# 9.5 Overs: FOUR! Lemon Cut by Lynn. KKR 70/2
# 9.3 Overs: SIX! That went straight up to the sky. KKR 66/2
# 8.6 Overs: Stunning effort by Manish Pandey at Long on! He nearly took that catch. KKR 60/2
# 7.4 Overs: OUT! Rana departs, and what a catch by Manish Pandey. Nitish Rana c Manish Pandey b Stanlake 18(16) KKR 55/2
# Match resumes, Lynn-Rana at the crease, Stanlake with the ball
# BAD NEWS: Its raining at the eden gardens and the umpire has taken the bails off!
# 5.6 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Rana again! KKR 49/1
# 5.4 Overs: SIX! Rana hits it BIG! KKR 45/1
# 4.6 Overs: FOUR! Lynn is taking the full charge there. KKR 37/1
# 4.3 Overs: FOUR! Lynn directs to towards fine leg boundary. KKR 31/1
# 4.2 Overs: FOUR! Lynn at it again. KKR 27/1
# 2.5 Overs: FOUR! Slammed away by Nitish Rana. KKR 20/1
# 2.4 Overs: OUT! Uthappa departs after successful review by SRH. Uthappa c Saha b Bhuvneshwar 3(8) KKR 16/1
# 2.2 Overs: FOUR! Lynn at it again. KKR 15/0
# 1.4 Overs: FOUR! Good try by Williamson at mid off! KKR 10/0
# 1.3 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Lynn. KKR 6/0
# Cautious start by KKR, after 1.2 Overs they are 2/0
# Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa open for KKR and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has the new ball for SRH.
# Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Mitchell Johnson, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
# Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake
# Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the toss and have opted to field