Abu Dhabi: Skipper Dinesh Karthik’s tactical nous will as soon as once more be put to check when Kolkata Knight Riders tackle a depleted Sunrisers Hyderabad of their second IPL fixture right here on Saturday. A lot was anticipated from a revamped Kolkata Knight Riders set-up nevertheless it appeared Karthik didn’t study from his previous errors and made some inexplicable choices that led to their full capitulation towards Mumbai Indians.
As soon as once more, the batting place of their largest hitter Andre Russell turned the speaking level of their 49-run loss to Mumbai Indians.
The Jamaican, who was their highest run-getter final season with 510 runs from 249 deliveries and the match’s highest strike charge of 204.81, was seen at No 6 however by then the duty had change into extraordinarily tough.
World Cup profitable captain Eoin Morgan, who was roped in to bolster the wobbly center order, additionally couldn’t do a lot because the asking charge had shot previous 13 by the point he got here to bat at No 5.
In bowling too, there was a tactical blunder by holding again their ace spinner Sunil Narine until the final over of energy play.
On a day, their largest purchase Pat Cummins failed miserably, Narine was given a go solely when his IPL ‘bunny’ Rohit Sharma was properly set.
It actually defied logic to see such a defensive technique by a crew now coached by Kiwi nice Brendon Mccullum who is understood for his aggressive mindset.
Recognized to place up a balanced aspect on the park, Hyderabad lacked energy and expertise of their middle-order, failing miserably towards Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Needing simply 43 runs from final 5 overs, SRH misplaced their final seven wickets for 32 runs to lose the sport by 10 runs.
If that was not sufficient, damage to their all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has compounded their distress.
Skipper David Warner, after being run out in an unlucky method on the non-striker’s finish, will likely be eager to get into the act, whereas it stays to be seen whether or not Kane Williamson has recovered from his damage to bolster the batting division.
SRH bowling has all the time been spectacular and it appears the assume tank might usher in Mohammed Nabi to bowl alongside his fellow mate Rashid Khan whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar will spearhead the tempo assault.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain & wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton (Wicketkeeper), Rahul Tripathi, Chris Inexperienced, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik (Wicketkeeper), Ali Khan.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (Captain), Jonny Bairstow (Wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mitchell Marsh, Fabian Allen, Vijay Shankar, Sanjay Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (Wicketkeeper), Shreevats Goswami (Wicketkeeper), Bavanaka Sandeep, Basil Thampi, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma.