Eoin Morgan, who suffered a crushing defeat in the first match after taking over the captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), will take on the field with the hope of a better performance from the batsmen in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Due to continuous poor performance, Dinesh Karthik handed over the captaincy to his vice-captain Morgan before the match against Mumbai Indians on Friday. England's World Cup-winning captain did not have a good start in the new role and his team had to suffer a crushing defeat by eight wickets from Mumbai.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The team has so far won four matches but has also lost as many matches. He is fourth in the table after Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but if two-time champions KKR want to make it to the playoffs, their batsmen will have to perform well. Against the target of 194 runs against RCB, KKR batsmen were able to score 112 runs in 20 overs. Against Mumbai, his score was reduced to 42 for four in eight overs, half of his team had returned to the pavilion to score 61 runs in the 11th over. After this, an unbroken 87-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Morgan (39 not out) and fast bowler Pat Cummins (53 not out) led the team to a respectable score of 148 for five. In the top order, Shubman Gill is not able to convert a good start into a big score while Rahul Tripathi is not able to cross the 20-run mark after playing a brilliant 81-run knock against Chennai Super Kings. Nitish Rana is unable to walk, while Karthik's batting order is constantly being used. Andre Russell and Morgan have also failed to do justice to their potential. KKR bowlers bowled well during the low-margin wins against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai but managed easy runs against RCB and Mumbai. Even after spinner, Sunil Narine was reported for bowling action, his bowling has weakened. He did not play in the last two matches.
Only three matches have been won in eight matches and he is fifth in the table. Sunrisers remained in a tizzy over whether to strengthen the batting or bowling as fast bowling leader Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh were ruled out with injuries. The team relies heavily on their batting, especially the top-order batsmen, Johnny Bairstow, captain David Warner, Manish Pandey, and Kane Williamson. The concern for Sunrisers is in the form of Rashid Khan. The Afghanistan leg-spinner started well in the tournament but has been ineffective in the last two matches. Rahul Tewatia, Ambati Rayudu, and Shane Watson hit sixes on him. While the Sunrisers bowling is weak, then Warner will be expecting a good performance from his star leg spinner.
Both teams are
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Famous Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty, Andre Russell, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Sunil Narayan, Nikhil Naik, Tom Banton
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (Captain), Johnny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Riddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, B Sandeep Sharma, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yara, Khalil Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi.