Sunil Narine is a blistering with the bat and the second-highest run scorer for KKR, with Australian Chris Lynn being the other master blaster who can cause serious dent to the bowling.
After falling to defeat despite scoring 202 in Chennai Super Kings' homecoming, Kolkata Knight Riders will banking on the comforts of home themselves when they host Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens on Saturday (18:30).
On a day when the bowlers lived up to their reputation by restricting MI to 147-8, SRH's experienced batsmen nearly threw the match away as eventually it was the last wicket pair of Deepak Hooda and No 11 Billy Stanlake who scrambled home. You can watch video highlights of KKR vs SRH here.
After CSK-KKR game, Kolkata's bowler Vinay Kumar became hot topic of discussion online as the Karnataka pacer couldn't defend 17 runs in the last over.
KKR erred in the field as well with vice captain Robin Uthappa dropping Billings when he was on 9 and Tom Curran grassing Suresh Raina's catch. We thought it was going to come through nicely.
Piyush Chawla finally managed to get the wicket of Shakib in the 16th over and that pegged the away side back a bit. Moreover, SRH is likely to play with the same team as it is generating good results for the team.
The 2018 U-19 World Cup victor will be replaced by Karnataka fast bowler Prasidh Krishna.
"Those were real pressure overs 1 and 20 in both games". Highly rated U-19 World Cup winning batsman Shubman Gill, in that scenario, might make his IPL debut. The wicket straight after the rain break was a bonus and SRH did not look back after that.
Sunrisers Hyderabad panicked and flailed in a chase again, but nowhere near as much as they had against Mumbai Indians on Thursday. When Narine well for 9, he had consumed 10 balls and hit only one boundary. With 11 needed in the final over, Englishman Roy hammered Mustafizur Rahman for four and a six, before playing out three dot balls.
SRH's strength lies in their bowling which has a lot of variety. Star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan went wicketless.
Hyderabad: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar returns to the side replacing Sandeep Sharma in the only change to the side that played against Mumbai Indians on Friday. But KKR has won the first match against RCB but lost the second match CSK.
Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, and Shakib al Hasan have been an integral part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last few seasons; in this match though, they will walk out of the visiting team's dressing room, having been signed up Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Player Auction earlier this year.
KKR and SRH have met 12 times in total with the former leading the head-to-head tally 8-4.