“Pretty good wicket but dew factor to consider,” says Williamson. Jagadeesha Suchith replaces Washington Sundar in the XI. “Can’t really say much about the pitch because it was tough to sight because of the grass,” says Shreyas before adding they’re happy to bat first. Aaron Finch, Aman Khan, Sheldon Jackson in for Sam Billings, Ajinkya Rahane, and Rasikh Salam.
Aaron Finch: I think some experience at the top of the order. I feel my game is in good order with the way I am practicing. It’s a really consistent group regardless of how things are going. You take the good with the bad but it is a very calm group with Shreyas Iyer leading beautifully with Brendon McCullum. Dew is something that teams have to deal with and if you want to win the tournament, you have to win batting first at some point.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights today, Friday 15-4-2022. 25th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Marco Jansen: Was feeling as if I was bowling at Jo’burg back home. I feel it is a good total and we can chase it down. Because of the pace of the wicket, we felt the short ball was a good option, apart from the change of pace. We didn’t really discuss the pitch but talked about adapting quickly.
Shreyas Iyer: Feeling very drained. I thought it was a good total. To be honest, Tripathi came in and changed the moment and didn’t allow us to settle. Their bowlers executed the stuff well as the ball was seaming. As batters, we were settled at the end of the powerplay and put a great effort as a batting unit. Was an off day as a bowling unit.
Toss: SRH won and chose to bowl first.
Sunrisers Hyderabad team: 1 Abhishek Sharma, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Aiden Markram 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Shashank Singh 7 Jagadeesha Suchith, 8 Umran Malik, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 T Natarajan, 11 Marco Jansen.
Kolkata Knight Riders team: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Andre Russell, 6 Sheldon Jackson (wk), 7 Pat Cummins, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Varun Chakravarthy, 11 Aman Khan.
Aiden Markram: It’s nice to bat and when a guy like Tripathi gets going, makes it easy. Nice to stay till the end and finish the game. I think it’s buying into suit the role that the side needs. Happy that things have fallen in place. The message is to play the situation. Rahul is aggressive and he is going to do the majority of the scoring in the partnership and from there I take over. Not a finished product but happy to contribute. In the past we’ve taken it in the last over and lost the game, so thought of finishing it off quickly.
Kane Williamson: It was a step up. With the ball to take early wickets against Kolkata, who keep coming at us, helped us. Our death bowling was superb. To go out there and chase it with Rahul and Markram playing so well… All in all a fantastic performance. Both Jansen and Markram are big players for us. Marco with his bouncers and with the new ball is key. Umran is unique that he touches the 150 mark. He goes for four on many occasions which is not ideal but he is always looking to improve. There are little things to improve on. The guys are working hard and are good to see the improvement.
Head to head
Total matches played: 21
SRH Won: 7
KKR Won: 14
Rahul Tripathi: I had fun, it was special with KKR and is special with SRH as well. Russell bangs in short and I was looking for the pull if he bowled short. Varun bowls well. I didn’t expect him to bowl up. I went with the shot and wasn’t pre-determined. So I thought of putting him under pressure. It’s been special with KKR and with the Sunrisers, the first few games have gone well. I have struggled with my health in the past week but they have supported me. I enjoy it a lot. There are tough days but on good days, I look to enjoy myself. Before going to bat I am a bit fidgety, I am happy I could play this innings today.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Sadashiv Iyer, Virender Sharma
TV Umpires – Saiyed Khalid
Match Referee – Prakash Bhatt
Reserve Umpire – Pashchim Pathak
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 25th Match