IPL 2020: Top 3 Picks for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kolkata Knight Riders


In the battle of two first game losers, Sunrisers Hyderabad takes on Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. At Sheikh Zayed Stadium, David Warner will clash with the Dinesh Karthik led Kolkata who were also defeated by Mumbai Indians. Sunrisers Hyderabad were in the touching distance from the victory but couldn’t chase it down as Jonny Bairstow and Vijay Shankar were scalped in the 16th over by Yuzuvendra Chahal.

Against Kolkata Knight Riders, there are a lot of things at stake for the Hyderabad outfit. No team will like to accept two defeats in a row at the start of the tournament. David Warner and co will look to pile more misery on Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday.

Here are the top three picks for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kolkata Knight Riders:

#1) David Warner

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After landing into Dubai directly from England, the Australian international had a nightmarish start to the campaign. Chasing 160+ against Royal Challengers Bangalore, David Warner opened his account with a four. However, Jonny Bairstow struck the shot down the ground in the next over, hitting the wickets after touching Umesh Yadav’s hands. David Warner’s innings was cut short which had a role to play in Sunrisers’ defeat against RCB.

Against quite weakened bowling line-up of Kolkata Knight Riders, David Warner will look to up his ante and find the rhythm. David Warner will be a crucial and one amongst the top three players for Sunrisers Hyderabad who can change the game single-handedly.

#2) Jonny Bairstow

The England wicket-keeper batsman will be still kicking his boots after giving an easy wicket to Yuzuvendra Chahal on Monday. The fall of Bairstow resulted in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s defeat as they crumbled very quickly. Sunrisers had the game in their hands until the 16th over because of the wicketkeeper-batsman. Jonny Bairstow will look to make amends and go raring against KKR.

Jonny Bairstow notched up a half-century in his previous game and was looking in a fine form. The player will look to continue the momentum and will be one of the top three picks against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

#3) Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was one of the bowlers who contained Royal Challengers Bangalore’s onslaught in the death overs. AB de Villiers was looking to score heavily in the final over but the bowler had other plans. He at least reduced the target by 10 runs which SRH couldn’t chase.

The bowler has a knack of bowling in the death overs apart from providing a perfect start. Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked rusty but still was able to keep the opposition in control. He will be one of the top three players who can turn the tide with his bowling on Saturday.