Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to get back to winning ways when they host a struggling Kolkata Knight Riders at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday. The 'Orange Army' will look to avenge their reverse fixture loss against KKR while Kolkata will look to snap their winless streak and bring their campaign back on track. SRH looks confident after their six-wicket win over table-toppers Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday while KKR will look to overcome their close loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Here are a few things to look forward to in the first of Sunday's doubleheader.
Andre Russell has had an outstanding IPL so far. The West Indian all-rounder has scored 377 runs in nine matches at a strike rate of 220.46 including three half-centuries. Russell has also picked up seven wickets. He played an explosive knock of a 25-ball 65 in the last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was dismissed in the penultimate over and his knock could not take his team over the line.
SRH will be hoping for a good start from their two explosive openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Both Warner and Bairstow are there in the 'Orange Cap' list and their opening platform has helped SRH in getting runs at a brisk rate on many occasions. Even in the last game against CSK, the duo had put on 66 run for the opening wicket.
KKR has an edge over SRH when it comes to overall head-to-head records. In the 16 games that have been played so far KKR have won 10 of them while SRH has only managed to win on six occasions. KKR also has a 3-2 win record against SRH while playing in Hyderabad.
SRH will need their captain Kane Williamson to come out all guns blazing against KKR. The Kiwi skipper has only been able to score 20 runs in the three matches that he has got to play. He was sidelined for some games as he was recovering from a shoulder injury that he had suffered during the Test series against Bangladesh.
Kolkata will hope that their in-form batsman Nitish Rana plays a stellar knock once again. The dashing left-handed batsman has so far scored 286 runs in nine matches at a strike rate of 154.59 including three half-centuries.