Date: 11th April 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be playing their first match of IPL 2021 against one another on 11th April. No teams will be playing a home game this season which rules out all the home conditions advantage.
Both SRH and KKR are former IPL champions yet have seen a plunge in their fortunes as of late. In the 19 matches played between both the teams, KKR have an upper hand and have won 12 times while SRH have only won 7 times.
The wicket at MA Chidambaram Stadium will probably assist the spinners than the fast bowlers. SRH have one of the best bowling attacks amongst all other teams. SRH have also acquired Mujeeb Ur Rahman and if he plays he could create big trouble for the KKR side.
Eoin Morgan will be leading the KKR side and as we all know he has got a great cricketing mind and let’s see how the team decides the playing XI. Andre Russell wasn’t in that great form that was expected out of him in the previous season. But my gut says Andre Russel would be back in form this season.
SRH would look to totally dominate the game while KKR have to choose their playing XI cleverly so as to turn around the game. Shakib Al Hasan was picked up by KKR in the auctions who could prove to be the game changer for KKR.
My prediction for this match would be a bit different. Though SRH looks pretty balanced on paper but I am expecting a huge turn around in the match and I will back KKR to win the match if Shakib plays.