IPL 2018: Rain free Kolkata to host KKR vs SRH clash

IPL 2018 Preview: No rest for Sunrisers Hyderabad as Kolkata Knight Riders test awaits

Keeping their winning streak alive with three wins from three games, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered a five-wicket victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a rain-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Eden Gardens on April 14. It took Sunrisers a comprehensive performance to win their first game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. SRH has taken the cake with both its outing and KKR has a mixed bag with one win against RCB and one loss to CSK.

After much success opening the innings, KKR made a decision to drop Narine down the order, according to head coach Jacques Kallis, to get quick runs in the middle overs.

Prasidh has 33 wickets in 19 matches at an average of 21.27 and an economy rate of 4.74, with a best show of 3/37 in Karanataka's Vijay Hazare Trophy against Saurashtra in February.

Against his former franchise, Pandey couldn't quite get going as he grappled around for 11 balls before completely playing around a Kuldeep delivery to be dismissed leg before wicket. My job is simple, to bowl quick and be aggressive.

Not quite in his elements today, Rashid could not pick up a wicket but ensured he wasn't taken to the cleaners in four decent overs. Counting on the positives, Karthik said: "I think the spinners bowled beautifully".

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While their five-wicket defeat to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's CSK in a nail-biting game was more down to misfortune, SRH rolled over the purple brigade with bat and ball barring the 12 overs from KKR's spinners which made the modest chase of 139 look hard.

While Kolkata have some excellent spinners in their ranks in the form of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla, they seem to be a bit light in the pace department.

Kumar (3/26) - back after recovering from a sore back - was ably supported by pacer Billy Stanlake (2/21) and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (2/21). At times we want to use him as a floater.

For the hosts, opener Chris Lynn (49; 34b 7x4 1x6) was the top-scorer as skipper Dinesh Karthik laboured to a 27-ball 29 hitting two fours and a six.

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