Date- October 3, 2021
Time- 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Dubai International Cricket Stadium
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Eoin Morgan led Kolkata started the second half of the Indian T20 League 2021 in a wonderful way but have lost their momentum in the last few games. Having lost two out of their previous three matches in the tournament, Kolkata would play against Hyderabad in a must-win game on October 3 if they have to stay alive for a place in the playoffs. Hyderabad, on the other hand, would step on the field without anything to lose as they are out of the playoffs race but would want to settle good combinations ahead of 2022’s mega auction and the 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League.
The last time both these two teams met against each other, Kolkata had defeated Hyderabad by 10 runs as Manish Pandey’s 61* off 44 and Jonny Bairstow’s 55 off 40 went in vain in Hyderabad’s pursuit to 188. Nitish Rana scored 80 off 56 for Kolkata and their bowlers kept Hyderabad under check.
Position in Indian T20 League:
Kolkata: Current Position: 4th (10 points in 12 matches)
Hyderabad: Current Position: 8th (4 points in 11 matches)
Kolkata: Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson’s comeback seems doubtful after the duo sustained injuries. Russell pulled his hamstring during Kolkata’s match against Chennai on September 26, while Ferguson limped off against Delhi on September 28 and couldn’t complete his spell. The duo was out of Kolkata’s match against Punjab and Morgan informed that the team will take a call on them.
Hyderabad- Hyderabad went with the same team in their previous match against Chennai on September 3 and are likely to field the same Playing XI. However, players like Kedar Jadhav or Manish Pandey can make their place if Hyderabad opt for change.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played- 20
Venkatesh Iyer- The stylish left-handed batsman and a medium pace bowler Venkatesh Iyer has caught everyone by awe in the second leg of the Indian T20 League 2021. The opener has smashed 193 runs in mere 5 innings for Kolkata with a wonderful average of 48.25 and a Strike rate of 141.91. He does not bowl too fast but lands his yorkers right on many occasions. He has 3 wickets in 3 innings in the current season of the Indian T20 League.
Jason Holder- Even though Jason Holder has played only 5 matches in the current season of the Indian T20 League, the West Indian cricketer has left an impact in most of the matches he has played. He has piled up 9 wickets in the tournament with a best of 3/19 against Punjab on September 25, where he also scored a gritty 47* off 29.
Rahul Tripathi- Kolkata’s Rahul Tripathi has also been in some great form in the Indian T20 League 2021. He is Kolkata’s highest run-scorer this season as he has scored 349 runs in 11 innings at a decent average of 34.90. Tripathi is also scoring at a quicker rate as he has a Strike rate of 143.03 with 10 sixes and 36 fours in the current season of the tournament.
Probable Playing XI
Kolkata: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Tim Seifert, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy
Hyderabad: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg/Manish Pandey, Abhishek Verma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.