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Match 8 of the Indian T20 league features a blockbuster clash between Team Kolkata and Team Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.

Kolkata played their first match on Wednesday against Mumbai and looked a little rusty in all the departments. They bowled way too many short deliveries to the Mumbai batsmen, who took full advantage of those. Apart from Shivam Mavi, who was impressive in his four overs, nobody looked like taking wickets. Narine, who suffered an injury in the Caribbean T20 League, showed some form with the ball. 

Cummins and Kuldeep are strike bowlers for the team and were very expensive in their seven overs. Their combined figures read 88 runs and no wickets. They would want to correct that in this match. The batting unit needs to discover its explosiveness quickly if they want to go big and deep in the tournament.

Talking about Hyderabad, Warner and co. had the match in hand and just needed to play sensibly to complete the chase. The set batsman got out, and the inexperienced middle-order panicked and ended up losing the match by ten runs. To make things worse, Mitchell Marsh got injured and is out of the tournament. J Holder is the replacement named by the Hyderabad team.

Hyderabad’s strength is its top order and a strong bowling unit. One of the top three has to bat long. The Indian middle-order batsmen need to contribute well and win them matches, especially like the last one.

In the 17 matches played between the two teams, the head-to-head record reads 10-7 in favor of Kolkata. Also, the results of the last five matches have been alternate victories for each side with Hyderabad winning 3.

Another entertaining game is on the cards with both sides looking for their first win in the Indian T20 league 2020.

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Match Details

  • Match: Kolkata vs. Hyderabad, Match 8
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  • Date & Time: Sept. 26, 2020, at 7.30 PM IST

Probable Playing 11

Team Kolkata

Shubman G, S Narine, N Rana, E Morgan, D Karthik(C & WK), A Russell, N Naik, P Cummins, Kuldeep Y, S Mavi, S Warrier

Team Hyderabad

D Warner (C), J Bairstow, Kane Williamson, M Pandey, Priyam Garg, V Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, B Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, and T Natarajan

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has provided an even contest between the bat and the ball in the two matches so far. The ball came on nicely in the power play, and you can play through the line. Good pace and a consistent length troubled the batsmen in both the matches.

Batting under the lights is relatively easy with the ball skidding on to the bat nicely, so either side will look to chase after winning the toss. However, it’s been one a piece in terms of the win for the teams batting first and second. 179 is the average score batting first in the two matches held at the venue.

Key/Smart Picks

  • Bairstow is in top form, so expect him to score big at the top of the order. 
  • Warner missed out in the last match due to an unfortunate dismissal and would like to set the record straight in this match.
  • Manish Pandey looked good while he was in the middle. You can expect him to add a decent number of runs.
  • Shubman Gill played a false shot and looked disappointed after getting out in the first match. Expect him to stay long and score big in this match.
  • Nitish Rana is a good player of both pace and spin. Coming in at three, he can control the innings and hit big shots whenever necessary.
  • Sunil Narine has a good record against Hyderabad, and the Hyderabad bowlers do not have the express pace to trouble him at the start of the innings.
  • Rashid Khan and Shivam Mavi will be crucial with the ball for their sides.

Howzat Dream Team

  • Wicketkeeper: Bairstow
  • Batsman: Shubman G, D Warner, Manish Pandey
  • All-rounders: V Shankar, S Narine, N Rana 
  • Bowlers: Rashid Khan, B Kumar, S Mavi, K Yadav
  • Captain Suggestions: D Warner/J Bairstow
  • Vice-Captain Suggestions: Sunil Narine/N Rana

NOTE: The Howzat dream team above is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy cricket team by using your knowledge of cricket. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual playing 11 is announced by each team (30 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the playing 11.

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