Both SRH and KKR are in the urge to bring back themselves to the track as soon as possible. The management of both the teams wouldn’t have been pleased with how these two teams performed in their first match of the tournament. Obviously, both the teams need a maximum bang of bucks in this current situation, and that’s what their ardent fans are expecting too.
SRH toppled against RCB even though Johny Bairstow was prolific from his side. On the other side, KKR was not even in the chase with their top order batters unwilling to keep up with the asking run rate. The bowlers were not up to their mark on both occasions.
So, these done and dusted faults of the two standard sides have pushed them to erase everything with a fine win as they are going to lock horns in Abu Dhabi.
Without getting into more build-ups for this match, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.8 of IPL 2020: SRH vs KKR.
Prediction on the top run-scorer
David Warner was unfortunate in the last match. His way of dismissal behaved as an earth-shaking thing for the Hyderabad team. To be frank, the control of the game for SRH was slightly slipped with the way David Warner got dismissed.
The consistency factor in David Warner was something astonishing based on the stats. He was so consistent right after sporting the orange jersey of Hyderabad. With enough time spent with the bat in England, he is all set to showcase his feasting performance, and that’s when he got into the last match disaster. He is excellent in comebacks, and he has done it often in the past in all stages of his cricket life. On the whole, this hulky Australian opener is a sure bet for making for this clash against SRH.
Manish Pandey looks good in shape, and he was timing the ball really well in the last match. Next to David Warner, Manish Pandey is among the front runners to make most runs in this match.
Prediction on top wicket-taker
Sunil Narine is the prolific bowler for KKR for any time. His role in doing the collapses to the opponents has become even more precious as the other bowlers of KKR didn’t look too good with their touch. As Kuldeep Yadav became more expensive, it would automatically allow the batters to go against the other spinner, Sunil Narine. It will make Suni Narine a perfect choice to pick up the most number of wickets in this crucial contest that happens at Abu Dhabi.
Another tough customer for this role would be Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He still got the point to prove in this tournament. He was good with the new ball in the last match. But he needs to reap more wickets in the early stage of an innings. The 30 years, old Indian bowler is filled with experience and new thoughts to be on top. So this match against the struggling KKR batters, who were searching for the flow in the batting, would reap the rewards he wishes to get most often.
Prediction on Who will win the match?
With the team strength and last match’s performances, SRH seems to have the upper hand here. With the turbocharged David Warner still finding to go on top, this match would be on their side if David Warner gets on a roll.
Both teams are in need of breathing a sigh of relief with opening the account. A very tough fight for sure, with both the teams possessing high-class spinners who can turnaround the table in a single over.
But SRH possesses the batters who can tackle the spinners more productively. And also, KKR’s short ball strategies cannot be a right bet against SRH, which has David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Manish Pandey.
Above all, the leadership factor. David Warner has a better captaincy record, and his responsibility towards his team is much more compared to that of Dinesh Karthik.
Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:
Andre Russell, who else can beat this man for this role if he gets on a fine touch. The UAE wickets will have the tests for the West Indian all-rounder. These feather belt wickets of UAE are not so apt for brutal hitting in the penultimate overs. A batsman needs to spend time on these wickets to adapt to them. Andre Russell was struggling to fund the sweet spot of his bat in the last match. His current mentality about this game and his previous heroics against these teams would make him come back to his track quickly.
Another competitor for this most sixes role would be the skipper of SRH, David Warner. The pull shot of David Warner has always been an eye-catching. The way he transforms his weight to his back leg was something so natural. And these slower wickets would provide him even more fraction of seconds to get on to the spot. Not only back-foot shots, but his lofted straight drives against the spinners are also the trademark shot of this Australian opener. So, by having a wide range of shots against pacers and spinners, David Warner stands as a greater choice for making the most number of sixes in this match.
Prediction on Man of the match:
Sunil Narine can play a pivotal role for KKR for their match against SRH. As SRH was not so effective with their new-ball bowling, Sunil Narine won’t find it difficult to go above the ring of 30 yards in the initial stage. And at the same time, his bowling is still found to be tricky. If KKR posts some decent total on board, Sunil Narine would be the most challenging customer for the SRH batters.
David Warner will be the first choice for this prediction of achieving the man of the match award as he adapts to these sub-continent kinds of conditions so well. And this match can be a starter for this Australian as KKR bowlers aren’t found to be gritty except Sunil Narine.
To sum up
Overall, SRH’s chances are looking so bright with some alterations in the fast bowling department. They need to be even more aggressive to win a T20 game. If it happens so with the batters getting more productive, this will be a tough fight in which SRH will step in as the favorites.