Date: 14 May 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
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Hyderabad and Kolkata will face each other in the 61st game of the tournament. Both teams have played some great cricket in the Indian T20 League so far and fans can expect an entertaining contest. These two teams have played each other once earlier in the season. On that occasion, it was the 2016 Champions who registered a 7-wicket win. However, heading into this game, Hyderabad lost their previous four matches while Kolkata dominated their last game against Mumbai, beating them by 52 runs.
Hyderabad have either lost games in a row or stitched wins together. While they lost back to back matches to begin their campaign, they then win a few matches together but head into this fixture on a four-match losing streak. They have a batting lineup that features Kane Williamson, Abishek Sharma, Nicholas Pooran, Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram. It is the form of their captain Williamson which remains their biggest concern along with the inconsistency shown by the likes of Sharma.
Their bowling too has immensely suffered in the last few matches. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natrajan and Umran Malik were an incredible bowling attack but they have only managed to pick eight wickets in the last three games. Sharma along with Markram have provided balance to the side but lack quality against top batters in great nick.
Kolkata too have had a disappointing season so far. The two-time champions have great potential but they haven't gelled well as a team. They have lost six out of their last eight games as the batting lineup with Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell have completely misfired. In the bowling, Sunil Narine has been their top performer so far but the others have leaked a lot of runs in key moments.
However, as they showed in the match against Mumbai that all is not lost and they can still find their missing mojo and have an inspiring run in their remaining fixtures to have a knock at the doors of Playoffs.
Grand League Fantasy Suggestion
Head to Head Fantasy Suggestion
Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Sean Abbott, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kartik Tyagi, Umran Malik
Kolkata: Aaron Finch, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Baba Indrajith (wk), Nitish Rana, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi
Wicketkeepers: Baba Indrajith, Nicholas Pooran
Batters: Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Kane Williamson, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram
All Rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Abhishek Sharma
Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
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