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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Predictions & Tips - Bairstow backed to score runs
- Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders predictions for Sunday’s IPL cricket match
- The fixture will be played in Chennai at 15:00 BST
- Sunrisers Hyderabad finished 3rd in the 2020 IPL
- I am backing Jonny Bairstow to continue his fine T20 form
- Predictions, stats, team news & preview
Sunrisers Hyderabad get their season underway against the Knight Riders (Getty Images)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Predictions
Jonny Bairstow was superb in England’s recent tour of India with scores of 94 and 124. My best bet is for Bairstow to score over 24.5 runs in this match.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny Bairstow has scored 94 & 124 runs in 2 of his last 3 T20 matches.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner was the top team run scorer in the 2020 IPL.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad finished 3rd in the 2020 IPL.
- Kolkata Knight Riders’ Shubman Gill was the top team run scorer in the 2020 IPL.
Head to Head
Kolkata Knight Riders have won three of their last five matches against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Last season the Knight Riders did the double on the Sunrisers, winning their last match in a Super Over after it ended in a tie.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Form
The Sunrisers Hyderabad enjoyed a successful season in 2020, finishing third on the table. They won seven and lost seven of their 14 matches and will hope to go one better this season and qualify for the final.
David Warner was the top run Sunrisers run scorer last season and the third highest in the tournament. He scored 548 runs at 39.15 at a strike rate of 134. 64.
Coming into this year’s competition Warner doesn’t have many games behind him. It is a different story for opening partner Jonny Bairstow who has been in magnificent form.
In a recent T20I series between Indian and England, Bairstow scored 94 and 124 runs in the first two matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Injuries & Team News
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are two of the finest opening batsmen in T20 cricket so Jason Roy may have to settle for a reserve role.
Jason Holder offers an good allrounder option and will back Bhuveneshwar Kumar up with the ball. With Kane Williamson at three the Sunrisers batting options are among the best in the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders Form
The Kolkata Knight Riders just missed out on the playoffs in the 2020 IPL, finishing fifth and level on points with third and fourth place. They however had an inferior net run rate.
The Knight Riders are two times champions of the Indian Premier League with their last title coming in 2014. Shubman Gill was their top scorer last season on 440 runs and has made his breakthrough into the Indian Test side this year.
Another player to keep an eye on is England captain, Eoin Morgan. He averaged over 40 in IPL 2020 and has been the Knight Riders most consistent batsman in recent seasons.
Kolkata Knight Riders Injuries & Team News
The Knight Riders have a solid squad but are not among the best in the competition. From an overseas perspective, Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins are sure selections.
Andre Russell is one of the finest T20 players in the world but his fitness is a concern. If he isn’t fit then Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan should feature in the allrounder role.
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I'm backing Jonny Bairstow to back up his international T20 form with runs in this fixture. He is tipped to score over 24.5 runs and be the best Sunrisers batsman.
Shubman Gill was the top Knight Riders scorer last season. He is backed to top score for them in this fixture.
Best Bet: Bairstow Over 24.5 Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Sunrisers Batsman Tip: Jonny Bairstow Best Sunrisers Batsman @250.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Knight Riders Batsman Tip: Shubman Gill Best Knight Riders Batsman @250.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit