Free Press Journal

IPL 2018, Match 54: FPJ’s Dream XI for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders


This time, the table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will lock horns against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). SRH have already qualified for the playoffs and actually, they were the first team to seal to berth in the standings. After six consecutive wins, SRH lost momentum recently. They lost their last two matches. The form of the bowlers is the main worry for the side as they have conceded more than 180 runs in their last three matches. They have assured the top two spots. Although Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan have been decent, Kane Williamson has been alone shining light for team too often. Whether Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns back to the side will make a big difference when it comes to how good the bowling line-up is. Here are the probable dream XI for the Sunrisers:

SRH: Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma

Meanwhile, the pressure will be on the visitors. KKR are nearly there in the playoffs and a win will guarantee them a place in the top four. However, if they lose and other teams catch up, there is a chance they can be eliminated. With KKR needing a win to ensure qualification, they need their top order Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn to fire and give the team a good start. They will also need Robin Uthappa, who has a good record against SRH to come good and contribute. Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell have been excellent finishers but they will have their task cut out for them against the SRH bowling line-up. Here we see the probable dream XI for the Knight Riders:

KKR: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Yadav