Ian Morgan, who took over the captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the hope of a better performance from the batsmen in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday, lost the first match. Will go down. Dinesh Karthik handed over the captaincy to his co-captain Morgan before the match against Mumbai Indians on Friday due to a series of poor performances. The England World Cup-winning captain did not get off to a good start in his new role and his team had to face a final defeat by eight wickets in Mumbai.
KKR have won four matches so far, but they have also lost many matches. He is fourth in the table behind Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, if the two-time champions KR want to make it to the play-offs, their batsmen will have to perform well.
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The KKR batsmen were able to score 112 runs in 20 overs against the target of 194 runs against RCB. Against Mumbai, his score dropped to 42 for four in eight overs. Half of his team returned to the pavilion with 1 run in the 11th over. After that, an unbroken 87-run stand for the sixth wicket between Morgan (unbeaten 39) and pacer Pat Cummins (unbeaten 53) led the team to an honorable score of 148 for five.
In the top order, Shubhaman Gill has not been able to turn a good start into a big score, and Rahul Tripathi has not been able to cross the 20-run mark after taking a great 71-run stand against the Chennai Super Kings. Nitish Rana is unable to walk, while Karthik’s batting order is being used regularly. Andre Russell and Morgan were also unable to do justice to their potential.
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KKR bowlers bowled well during the low-margin wins against King-XI Punjab and Chennai but were able to score easy runs against RCB and Mumbai. His bowling was weak even after spinner Sunil Narayan was reported for bowling action. He has not played in the last two matches.
The Sunrisers have won just three of their eight matches and are fifth in the table. The Sunrisers have the same excuse to strengthen batting or bowling as fast bowling leader Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh have been ruled out with injuries. The team relies on their batting, especially top batsmen Johnny Bairstow, skipper David Warner, Manish Pandey and Ken Williamson.
Concerns for Sunrisers Rashid Khan’s farm has made a great start in this leg-spinner tournament in Afghanistan, but he has been ineffective in the last two matches. Rahul Tewatia, Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson hit sixes off his balls. Although the Sunrisers’ bowling is weak, Warner will expect a good performance from his star leg-spinner.
The teams are as follows:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Capt.), Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Shubhaman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lucky Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Famous Krishna, Sandeep Warrior, Shivram Maveri, , Chris Green, M Siddharth, Sunil Narayan, Nikhil Naik, Tom Bunton.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (capt), Johnny Bairstow, Ken Williamson, Manish Pandey, Srivastava Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Diddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Abhishek Sharma, Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Ira, Khalil Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natrajan, Basil Thampi.
The match will start at 3:30 pm Indian time.