7.10pm Maruti Suzuki ASKcricinfo stat: Who has a better powerplay economy rate in IPL 2022 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Umesh Yadav?
Vikas: “SRH could have played Glenn Phillips along with Tyagi instead of Jansen and Shashank.”
Soumya: “Will SRH try GP instead of Kane if or when they lose today?”
7pm Shreyas Iyer wins the toss in his 100th IPL game and opts to bat first
Shreyas: If you see the teams that have batted first [here], have been able to defend the total. We were forced to make changes this time. Umesh Yadav comes in for Pat Cummins. Sam Billings comes in for Sheldon Jackson. We came back to the core team that we started with and want to continue with the same form.
Williamson: We played on this surface just the other day. We wanted to bat first as well. Both Natarajan and Washington are both back in and Marco Jansen is back for Farooqi. As the pitches change, we need to keep adapting
KKR: 1 Venkatesh Iyer, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Nitish Rana, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Sam Billings (wk), 6 Rinku Singh, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Tim Southee, 11 CV Varun
SRH: 1 Abhishek Sharma, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Shashank Singh, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Marco Jansen, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Umran Malik, 11 T Natarajan
Zaheer Hussain: “SRH are back to their last year’s performance. Any win from now on would look like a fluke. Initially their bowlers failed. Now both batters and bowlers are failing. They might end up above CSK and MI. Won’t be surprised if CSK went above SRH on the table”
6.55pm “The nature of the pitch has changed over the last one-and-a-half months. There is a bit of live grass,” says Deep Dasgupta in his pitch report for Star Sports. “The greenness of the grass and firmness tells there will be something for the seamers. For batting, it will come onto the bat. It looks like the batsmen will have the last laugh.”
Younus.29: “KKR should try Chamika today in place of Cummins.”
Mahesh: “SRH have had a mixed bag of a tournament this year. When they are playing good, they looked almost invincible and on other days completely ordinary”
Dinesh: “Warner’s whirlwind 126 in Hyderabad in 2017“
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Afeef: “What’s your favourite KKR vs SRH match? Mine is the 2019 game at Eden Gardens, where Russell blitzed Bhuvi “
Sumanth Ravipro: “Rashid khan blitz against kkr in 2018. 34 off 10 balls and wickets to add to it. unforgettable ” — That’s no.4 on our greatest IPL performances from 2008-2020
Umesh update: The seamer had missed KKR’s last match with a calf strain. He had trained with the squad on the eve of the game against SRH. According to KKR mentor David Hussey, “It’s a toss of the coin on whether he’ll feature tonight or not.”
6.30pm Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders. Both sides have been hit by injuries and are falling behind in the race for the playoffs. Both teams have ten points with Sunrisers (11) having played one game fewer than KKR (12). Sunrisers are coming off a five-day break, hoping that their key bowlers – T Natarajan and Washington Sundar – are fit again. It is understood that both Natarajan and Washington bowled at the nets in the lead-up to this game. Washington is now doing his batting drills at the MCA Stadium..
As for KKR, Cummins has flown back home after sustaining a hip injury and the franchise has not asked for a replacement. I’m Deivarayan Muthu and I’ll be joined by Vishal Dikshit to bring you all the action.