Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2020, Match 35 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
KKR 12/0 after 2 overs: Rashid Khan drops a sitter and hands Shubman Gill a life off Basil Thampi. Good start by Thampi though.
KKR 6/0 after 1 over: Hint of swing and Sandeep Sharma begins with an inswinger. However, he goes wide and Tripathi covers the swing and drives behind square for a boundary.
Out come the two umpires and the SRH players break away from the huddle… For KKR, it will be Shubman Gill along with Rahul Tripathi… It will be Sandeep Sharma to Gill…
Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad wins toss, opts to bowl first
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
Changes: SRH – Basil Thampi replaces Khaleel Ahmed and Abdul Samad comes in for Shahbaz Nadeem.
KKR – Kuldeep Yadav and Lockie Ferguson come in for Chris Green and Prasidh Krishna.
Pitch Report: The sun is out and it’s around 35 degrees at the moment in Abu Dhabi, so it should be comfortable for the players. We are playing on pitch number four today and that means it’s pretty much even boundaries on both sides of the ground. The surface looks green, so it should offer something for the faster men. It’s a pitch where you’ll need to hit the deck hard – bowl short and reap rewards – Ian Bishop and Danny Morrison.
Sunil Narine was on Sunday cleared by the Indian Premier League’s suspect bowling action committee after being reported last week.
Narine was reported for a suspect action during his team’s clash against Kings XI Punjab last Saturday and another such instance could have led him to being barred from bowling in the league.
Head-to-head: (25 matches- SRH 7 | KKR 11)
The two teams have faced each other 18 times in the IPL so far, and KKR has dominated the fixture by winning it 11 times.
A struggling Kolkata Knight Riders will hope to get its campaign back on track when it takes on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 encounter in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Kolkata’s last two matches resulted in two crushing defeats. Eoin Morgan’s men will be left facing a steep climb into the playoffs if it fails to iron out the flaws.
The form of Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell has been a major concern for them. He has struggled to score runs and his bowling, though economical in patches, has been lightweight.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad:
Kane Williamson, David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Virat Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, Abhishek Sharma, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Mitchell Marsh, Bavanaka Sandeep, Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav, Rashid Khan
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad:
Eoin Morgan (c ), Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Manimaran Siddharth, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Chris Green, Rahul Tripathi
IPL Match 35: SRH vs KKR
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi