What to expect: It's going to be quite a tricky decision to make at the toss for both the captains. Abu Dhabi is one venue where teams chasing have started winning again reversing the prevailing trend in IPL 2020. But it is a day game and that might prompt teams to bat first irrespective of the recent results.
If SRH contemplates a change, it can only be at number 6 where Priyam Garg hasn't been amongst the runs after impressing early in the tournament against CSK. Abhishek Sharma will fancy his chances of returning to the XI in case young Virat Singh doesn't get to make his debut.
Probable XI: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma/Virat Singh, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Kolkata Knight Riders
Nitish Rana has scored only 155 runs this season but KKR might want to give him a longer rope. Perhaps, it wouldn't be a bad idea to add Lockie Ferguson to the pace attack with Cummins & Co. struggling for wickets especially with a cloud hanging over Sunil Narine's availability.
Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson/Chris Green, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Did you know?
- Pat Cummins has gone wicketless in six games this season
- David Warner is the second-highest run-getter against KKR after Rohit Sharma
- KKR have the lowest run rate amongst all teams in the powerplay this season Squads: Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Chris Green, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Abhishek Sharma, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav, Basil Thampi, Virat Singh, Fabian Allen, Billy Stanlake, Bavanaka Sandeep, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Wriddhiman Saha