Date & Time – Sunday, March 24th; 04:00pm IST
Venue – Eden Gardens, Kolkata
After an exhilarating season opener in Chennai, the action now shifts to Kolkata where the 2 time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with the rejuvenated SunRisers Hyderabad. This marks the return of David Warner from the ban. Interestingly, SRH had won their last 2 encounters at Eden Gardens after losing 5 consecutive matches.
Eden Gardens has always been a sporty track and the average first innings score during last IPL was 175. But in the recent T20I encounter, India took 17.5 overs and lost 5 wickets when chasing a modest score of 110 against the Windies.
Sunil Narine in all probability will open the batting alongside Chris Lynn and on his day, he is simply unstoppable with the bat. He had a great BPL 2019 especially with the ball where he picked up 18 wickets in 15 matches at an economy of 6.35
Fresh from lifting the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019, the Karnataka skipper would want to continue his good batting form in IPL 2019. He had a forgettable outing in 2018 season but his recent run scoring form suggests that he will have a great outing this time around. He had also scored a match winning 46-ball 111* against Arunachal Pradesh in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Rashid Khan has been a seasoned performer in all the leagues that he has played so far. He will be one of the easiest picks for every fantasy player. In the recent three match T20I series against Ireland, he was the leading wicket taker (11 wickets) and had the best economy rate (6.08) for any bowler.
Touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket, this supremely talented youngster recently made debut for India in the shorter format. He was praised by Virat Kohli for being such a wonderful player at a young age of 19 years. He had a phenomenal Ranji Trophy season, followed by a decent outing in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
This talented all rounder recently made headlines with some match winning performance for Indian team and good form this season will ensure his place in England for the World Cup squad. He is likely to bat at number 4 in this match and his handy medium pacers will benefit the SRH camp.
The shoulder injury he sustained while playing the 2nd Test match against Bangladesh has effectively ruled him out of playing XI in the first match.
A player who has been always carrying injuries/niggles is Andre Russell. He was recently called up for the national team but injury prevented him from making any appearance. Also, his record against SRH in IPL has been pretty dismal having scored only 38 runs in 6 innings.