The Kolkata Knight Riders take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL on Saturday. Both teams come here having played one game in the competition so far, and both were beaten in that.
They will be looking to bounce back and get their first points on the board here.
Both teams have match winners in their ranks which should make this a close contest, you can check out our betting tip for the game below.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
The Knight Riders were beaten in their opener against the defending champions Mumbai. It is fair to say it was a pretty poor opening for this team, first of all they allowed their opponents to score 195.
This is a team built around having a strong bowling attack, they simply cannot allow teams to score that highly. In reply the batsmen reached just 146/9 from their 20 overs to fall nearly 50 runs short.
The picture would have looked much worse if it was not for Australian seamer Pat Cummins adding over 30 late runs to the total when the chase was over.
Bowling is the strength of this team, it has to be their focus moving forward and restricting teams is how they are going to win games.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team News
A batting collapse cost the Sunrisers a victory in their first game of the new IPL season. They restricted Bangalore to 163 and looked on course for victory thanks to contributions from Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey at the top of the order.
They put themselves in a position of needing just over 40 runs from five overs with seven wickets remaining in this game, but couldn’t finish it off. They ended up all out, collapsing from 121-3 to 153 all out, seven wickets for just 32 runs.
The team knows what is required, the promise is there but they have to finish things off.
We are going to focus on the bowling of the Kolkata Knight Riders in this one, something that can be a real difference maker and gives the team an advantage.
Pat Cummins needs to lead the way, he contributed with the bat in the season opener, but failed to take a wicket with the ball. He has a good batting line up to face here, but one that has a number of players in it who failed to fire in the first game.
Our tip is for Cummins to get on the board and take some wickets here.
The Kolkata Knight Riders know they have to bowl better and that is what we are tipping them to do on Saturday.
The Sunrisers should have won their opener, they were in a great position but just two players contributed much of their score, as an overall team they batted poorly.
In this battle, it is Pat Cummins and the other bowlers for the Knight Riders that we are betting on to come out on top and win this game.