KKR won by 52 runs in their last league game.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) records five wins in 12 league matches in IPL 2022† Currently they are eighth in the points tally and would have to win their remaining two games with a much better net run rate to have a minimal chance of qualifying for the playoffs. In the final game, they secured a 52-run victory against the Mumbai Indians (MI).
After a fine performance from the batters to post 165, the bowlers were also clinical with their performance. On their next appearance, they will face the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at MCA Stadium, Pune, who will also be looking for this crucial encounter. The team is expected to include Aaron Finch and Umesh Yadav in this match instead of Pat Cummins and Ajinkya Rahane.
Here’s a look at the Kolkata Knight Riders’ predicted XI against SRH:
openers: Venkatesh Iyer and Aaron Finch
KKR’s opening combination failed on most occasions this season and showed instability in its performance. Almost all players have failed the team in this crucial spot. In the final game, the team management brought Ajinkya Rahane into the mix, but he could only score 25 runs off 24 balls and might not appear in the game against SRH.
Venkatesh Iyer has collected only 175 runs in 10 innings at a 19.44 average. His top score of 50* came against Mumbai Indians (MI) in a game during the first half of the season. While looking superb in the last appearance, he was fired for a well-made 43 off 24 balls.
In this match, Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is expected to mark his presence in the playing XI. He scored 86 runs in five innings with a hitting rate of 140.98. Aside from his 58 innings, Finch has returned with low scores and has room for improvement going forward.
Middle Order: Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh and Sheldon Jackson (wk)
Captain Shreyas Iyer did well in the tournament, scoring 336 runs at an average of 30.54, but was inconsistent with his performance. In the last game he was fired for a score of six from eight balls. He would like to perform better in the coming matches.
Left-handers Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh have performed well in recent matches, forging crucial partnerships to help the team rack up a respectable total on the board. In the last game, Rana scored 43 runs from 26 balls, while Rinku contributed 23* from 19 balls.
In the wicketkeeper slot, Sheldon Jackson hasn’t even produced a strong blow and has to come on and perform well at crucial moments for KKR. He is expected to maintain his place in the playing XI and to improve his performance in the future.
Allrounders: Andre Russell and Sunil Narine
The Caribbean all-rounders have played a key role for the knights in the last few editions, and are still the powerful options that can help them win matches and stand a remote chance of a place in the playoffs this season.
Andre Russell has scored 281 runs at an average of 35.13, which reflects his good consistency. With the ball he has scalped a total of 14 wickets and has certainly been one of the best all round performers for the team.
On the other hand, Sunil Narine has only taken eight wickets but that too with a great economy of 5.22 and has scored 49 runs with the bat. His stats show an average performance from him this season and he would try to improve it with some good performances in the coming games.
Bowlers: Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav/ Shivam Mavi
The bowlers were great with their performances in the final game, which helped the team keep their hopes alive to make it to the playoffs. However, the Australian pacesetter Pat Cummins will not be available for the team, as he flew back to Australia due to a hip injury. Instead of him, Umesh Yadav (if found suitable) or Shivam Mavi can make a comeback in the team.
The Kiwi pacer Tim Southee has consistently taken wickets for KKR and has a total of 12 scalps in seven appearances with an economy of 7.22. In the last outing, he gave up just 10 runs in three overs and took one wicket.
On the other hand, the mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy returned to the side in the last game and finished with numbers of 1/22 in three overs. He would like to perform well in the upcoming matches for KKR.
KKR’s Predicted Play XI For SRH’s Clash: Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Umesh Yadav/Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy.