KKR vs SRH: How to pick the winning Dream XI?

Rajdeep Saha

KKR vs SRH: How to pick the winning Dream XI?

23 Mar 2019: KKR vs SRH: How to pick the winning Dream XI?

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are all set to start their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign on Sunday, March 24.

KKR will be wanting to make it count at their home, Eden Gardens.

2018 finalists SRH might be led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in absence of Kane Williamson.

Here is how you can pick the winning Dream XI for this fixture.

Fact: Narine gets the captaincy nod, Rashid is his deputy

Sunil Narine, with his all-round skills, gets the nod as the skipper of this XI. He can produce fireworks at the top with the bat and be decisive with the ball. Rashid Khan is his deputy. He can be a menace for KKR.

Batting: A strong batting line-up on display

This fantasy side is batting heavy with Narine and Chris Lynn being given the opening honors.

Their understanding and application could help one with the desired points.

SRH's Jonny Bairstow comes in next as the wicket-keeper batsman.

Manish Pandey adds solidity in the middle.

Nitish, who can bowl a couple, features alongside dashing youngster Shubman Gill.

Fact: Russell, Shankar support Narine in all-round department

Narine will be supported well in the all-round department. We have the match-winner Andre Russell in the mix. His presence adds gloss in this side. SRH's Vijay Shankar makes the cut as well. He can be productive and gives that extra cushion.

Bowling attack: A look at the bowling attack

We have selected three prime wicket-taking bowlers.

Rashid is world class with his deceptive wrist-spin. He can bowl at the death and tie down KKR batsmen.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav gives support to Rashid.

Kuldeep has the knack of taking wickets at crucial moments.

Bhuvneshwar is a star customer. He is also excellent at the death. His change of pace will be crucial.

Dream XI: Dream XI: Mistakes to avoid and our prediction

One should not opt for David Warner and Kane Williamson.

Warner might not feature in the XI against KKR.

Williamson is nursing a minor injury and could feature from the next game onwards.

Further, Bairstow gets ahead of Dinesh Karthik because the former might open for SRH.

It will be a tight affair but we predict KKR to win.