Both teams come into this fixture off the back of defeats. Kolkata were crushed by defending champions Mumbai on Wednesday to put them in eighth place, as Jasprit Bumrah and co. took apart their batting attack.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad will be kicking themselves after they failed to capitalise on their 121-2 when chasing down Bangalore’s total of 164, as 43 off 29 balls seemed very possible.
However, following the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow in Yuzvendra Chahal’s last over, the Sunrises’ inexperienced middle order couldn’t see the game out.
The promise that Shivam Mavi, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell showed with the ball was impressive for the KKR, while they’ll hope Pat Cummins can come into some form for this next match too.
They’ll want to have a go at that tentative batting order and having already played on this pitch in their opener, they have a huge advantage for us even if there isn’t a whole lot to separate the teams on paper.
Kolkata To Beat Hyderabad
The Sunrisers will be without Mitchell Marsh for this one, after he had to walk off after four balls and although Mohammad Nabi will likely be his replacement, they still lack the middle order for us to take the game to their opposition.
Kolkata may have looked rusty in the batting department last time out, with the likes of Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell getting just 27 between them, but having had a rehearsal on the pitch the class of those players should shine through, and we’d expect them put on a much better showing.