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An in-form Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face a struggling David Warner led-Sunrisers Hyderabad as the defending champions look for another stroll in the park. Except for a hiccup against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, where the mighty Chris Gayle single-handedly beat KKR, their other three victories have been quite convincing to say the least.

On the other hand, the Sunrisers have struggled in almost all their matches so far, except the one against RCB where Warner and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan hunted down a formidable score of 166. On Monday night, the Knights sparkled in the field again as they restricted Delhi Daredevils to only 146/8 and then overhauled the target with six wickets and 11 balls to spare, courtesy knocks from skipper Gautam Gambhir (60) and Yusuf Pathan (40 not out). Also Read- Sunrisers Hyderabad Team Profile.

In their last outing, though owing to some lusty hitting from tail-enders, the Sunrisers almost made it home against the Daredevils but Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled a brilliant last over to clinch the match for his side. Though the home side has struggled, but in T20 cricket, a single player on a given day can win a game. Hopes will be pinned on Warner and Dhawan to fire up front followed by a sturdy looking middle order which boasts of England all-rounder Ravi Bopara and Lokesh Rahul.

With the ball too, they have an arsenal that is raring to fire accurately, headed by South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar. But against the defending champions, it will be a different ball-game altogether as the the visitors are oozing with confidence following their successive wins. Gambhir already has three 50s to his credit and would want to continue on his form. Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa have missd out so they will want to make this match at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here count.

The big-hitters in Yusuf Pathan and Jamaican Andre Russell also pose a huge threat to the Sunrisers bowling line-up. KKR’s spin wizard Sunil Narine is slowly returning to form after picking up two wickets in his last two outings. Umesh Yadav and South African fast bowler Morne Morkel will lead the attack again after having shared 12 wickets between them yet. Also Read- Kolkata Knight Riders Team Profile.

Squads-

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Naman Ojha, Kane Williamson, Dale Steyn, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Trent Boult, Parveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Chama Milind, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Praveen Kumar, Hanuma Vihari, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Siddarth Kaul. Check Out: IPL 2015 Schedule – All Match Fixtures and Complete Time Table of IPL.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav Veer, Pratap Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Sumit Narwal, Sheldon Jackson, Aditya Garhwal, KC Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal, Manish Pandey.A Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel, Pat Cummins, Ryan ten Doeschate, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha.