The 35th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will see action between the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Super-Sunday doubleheader at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.
Not quite being able to live up to the expectations despite having enough firepower with the bat and the presence of some valuable all-rounders, Sunrisers Hyderabad has managed to let things slip away often and are now eyeing a troublesome road for qualification ahead. Statistically, they are very much in the tournament and can well proceed for the top-four, although they need to pull their socks up sooner than later as time is running out fast.
The openers have not been able to fire in tandem this year for the SRH, and that has been the most major concern for them. Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey have done their job in the middle-overs well, however, the issue begins from what follows. The team has made a number of changes in the lower-order is yet to find the correct combination.
On the other hand, KKR has just managed to hang in the slot of contention. Their batting unit fell so miserably that Pat Cummins (53 off 36) had to play the rescue act alongside the new skipper Eoin Morgan (39 from 29). After somehow managing to reach 148 in their allotted overs, KKR’s bowling unit looked completely innocuous for the majority of the innings, where Quinton de Kock’s marvellous 79 from 44 proved sufficient to take Mumbai to their 21st win over Kolkata.
For you to be able to pick the perfect Dream11 team, here are three players you can afford to exclude for the SRH vs KKR game:
Andre Russell (10 credits)
As surprising as it may sound, Andre Russell is better excluded from your Dream11 team than included. He has looked incredibly rusty this year and has been able to make no valuable contributions thus far. With more than half of the IPL gone, he would be desperate to up the ante, although it has not worked for him so far now. With the ball, he has still been decent with 6 wickets in 8 games, although his struggle with the bat is evident from his number that read 83 runs in 8 matches.
Nitish Rana (9 credits)
Although a promising contender otherwise, Nitish Rana has not been able to get into rhythm thus far. With 155 runs at a dismal average of 19.37 in 8 games, his form has been fluctuating and he has misfired barring the odd game. Further, there are better options to choose from a big pool of match-winners that KKR has.
Vijay Shankar (8 credits)
Given his credit requirement of just eight Shankar often seems to be an interesting option. However, with 12 runs and a solitary wicket in 3 games, his performance has not justified his credit value as much as he would have liked. The good form of the batsmen batting above him makes it unlikely for him to get much of an opportunity with the bat. Hence, it would be better to exclude Shankar.
Disclaimer: This prediction is made based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. You may consider the points mentioned while making your team
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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