SRH v KKR will be a humdinger
IPL between SRH and KKR head to head is 12-7 favoring KKR. Last year KKR won both their matches. Hence SRH needs to get a win to brake the shackles against Kolkata.
For SRH both the Jasons, Roy and Holder are not available for selection in 1st match. It remains to be seen who will be their 4 overseas player for SRH. With the match at Chennai, Sunrisers are expected to go with a spin heavy attack. Hence chances are that at least two of the three Afghanis, Rashid, Mujeeb and Nabi will play.
SRH v KKR will be a humdinger it also remains to be seen whether both Williamson and Bairstow play in the XI or one of them plays. If Bairstow, who was in murderous form in India white ball series, does not play then Wriddhiman Saha will open with Warner. Much will be expected from Samad to provide the much needed thrust in the lower order in slog overs.
Probable SRH XI
Warner, Bairstow, Williamson, Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Samad, Nabi, Rashid, Bhuvneshwar, Sandeep Sharma, Natarajan.
KKR ‘s issues are with openers in batting powerplay. Remains to be seen who partners Gill as options could be from Rahul Tripathy, Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana. The middle order looks very strong with Karthik, Morgan, Russell and Shakib if he plays. There can be a case for playing Shakib at 3 as he performed well in that spot in ODI world cup 2019. Else Karun Nair may play at 3. SRH v KKR will be a humdinger.
Bowling looks strong for all conditions. With game at Chennai, Harbhajan, who played for CSK in 2019 should get to play along with Varun Chakravarty.
Probable KKR XI
Gill, Rana, Shakib, Karthik, Morgan, Russell, Cummins, Nagarkoti, Varun Chakraborty, Harbhajan, Prasidh .
This is expected to be a close match and may not be a high scoring one.