KXIP vs RCB Predicted XI Live Updates IPL 2020: Hyderabad captain David Warner has scored 829 runs against KKR so far in 21 games at an average of 43.63 and a strike rate of 147.77. Currently, he lies second in the list of players to have scored most runs against KKR with Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma taking the top spot with 74 more runs against Dinesh Karthik’s side. Meanwhile, Dre Russ is the most destructive batsman in the history of the Indian Premier League. He has scored 1411 runs in 53 innings in the IPL at a rate of 185.17 – the highest in the tournament’s history! He has the record of the maximum number (15) of 200-plus strike rate innings (min. runs 30) for Kolkata Knight Riders.
It is expected to be a sunny day in Abu Dhabi with the maximum temperature to be around 37 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature is expected to be around 29 degrees. The sky will mainly be clear and there is almost no chance of precipitation, so fans can expect an uninterrupted, quality match. The playing conditions will be a bit on the heavier side, with over 50 per cent humidity. Kolkata Knight Riders lead Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10-7 in terms of head-to-head record. The two teams met each other twice in IPL 2019, and both won a game each. Sunrisers Hyderabad thumped Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in their last contest. Meanwhile, the last time Jonny Bairstow played against Kolkata Knight Riders, he remained 80 not out of 43 balls. Chasing 160, Bairstow and David Warner stitched a partnership of 131 runs for the first wicket as SRH reached the target with 30 balls remaining.
As Kolkata Knight Riders take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) today in Abu Dhabi, we look at some of the key match-ups between the two sides. DAVID WARNER (SRH) vs PAT CUMMINS (KKR): This will be the most anticipated battle of the match. Two world-class Australians will be up against one another. One of the world’s most destructive batsmen taking on one of the most talented and fearsome fast bowlers in international cricket. Warner and Cummins would have faced each other on numerous occasions in the nets but this is serious business. The southpaw has the highest aggregate for an overseas batsman in the IPL and the fourth-highest overall. He was the highest run-getter in the IPL in 2015, 2017 and 2019. KKR's Cummins on the other hand is regarded as the best fast bowler in Test cricket. Both failed in their opening matches and would be raring to go!
ANDRE RUSSELL (KKR) vs BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR (SRH): Andre Russell is the most destructive batsman in the history of the Indian Premier League. He has a strike rate of 185.17 and usually comes out to bat in the death (overs 16-20). Russell has the ability to change the course of a match in a matter of overs. Wait. Balls! On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the highest wicket-taker for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He has picked 109 wickets in 87 matches at a strike rate of 18.2 including two 4 wicket-hauls and one five-wicket haul. He has the ability to vary his length and pace and is very effective at the death with his yorkers and pitched-up deliveries. He is also very restrictive with an economy rate of under 7.5. His battle with Russell could well decide the outcome of the match in Abu Dhabi.
SUNIL NARINE (KKR) vs JONNY BAIRSTOW (SRH): Sunil Narine is the leading wicket-taker for KKR in the IPL with 123 wickets in 110 innings. He is the third most restrictive spinner in the history of the Indian Premier League with an economy rate of just 6.66! Narine chokes the opposition batsmen in the middle overs. Will he be able to contain Jonny Bairstow? The England opener scored a quickfire fifty in SRH’s match against RCB and has the highest average in the history of the IPL and a strike rate of in excess of 150. Overall in the IPL, Bairstow has scored 506 runs in 11 matches at an average of 56.22.
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder who replaced injured Mitchell Marsh in the SRH squad has arrived in the UAE. Holder will now be under quarantine for 6 days as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus. If the West Indies Test skipper returns with three negative COVID-19 tests in this time frame, he will join his teammates.
DAVID WARNER (Sunrisers Hyderabad): He has the highest aggregate for an overseas batsman in the IPL and the fourth-highest overall. His average of 42.83 and strike rate of 142.31 make him one of the most dangerous and sought after batsman in the league’s history. He was the highest run-getter in the IPL in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Both Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) would be looking for a better result when they clash with one another in Match 8 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Abu Dhabi on the 26th of September, Saturday. KKR were outplayed by MI at the same venue while RCB fought back to register a remarkable win against SRH in Dubai. Both teams would not want to lose two in a row. KKR would hope that at least one of Shubman Gill or Sunil Narine fire at the top – they were both dismissed for single-digits against MI. That would ease the pressure on the middle-order. There is a possibility that Eoin Morgan would be pushed to Number 4 and Andre Russell at 5. That would mean Nitish Rana is used as a floater. Pat Cummins went for 49 in his 3 overs against MI – KKR would hope that it was a one-off and that the world-class bowler would find his mojo soon in the tournament. Kuldeep Yadav’s form in the IPL remains a big worry. He went for 39 in his 4 overs in Abu Dhabi without picking a wicket. He had a nightmare season last year with just 4 wickets from 9 matches also going above 8.5 an over.
SRH are top heavy and very dependent on their Numbers 1-3 to fire at the start – at least two of Jonny Bairstow, David Warner and Manish Pandey have to perform in almost every match as the middle order lacks depth or experience. There is no word yet on when Kane Williamson will be match-fit again – SRH would be desperate to have him back to anchor their batting line-up. With Mitchell Marsh also out of the tournament due to an injury and Jason Holder under quarantine for the next few days, SRH will desperately miss the services of a world-class all-rounder in the lower-order. Mohammad Nabi is most likely to fill the gap against KKR unless the management wants to give the hard-hitting Fabian Allen, who has a strike rate of 164.89 in all T20 cricket, a chance to show his mettle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar would lead the pace attack while Rashid Khan would be crucial to keep the opposition batsmen in check in the middle overs.