Today (May 21) in IPL 2024, Sunrisers Hyderabad will face Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2024 in Ahmedabad – here is the predicted XI for the match, team news, and today’s IPL match prediction for KKR vs SRH.

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KKR vs SRH (Qualifier 1), live score: Follow the live scorecard here

The match will begin at 7.30 pm IST.

KKR vs SRH (Qualifier 1): Toss updates

SRH won the toss and chose to bat first.

KKR vs SRH (Qualifier 1): Playing XIs

KKR: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Vaibhav Arora, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy. Impact players: Anukul Roy, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, KS Bharat, Sherfane Rutherford.

SRH: Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Kumar Reddy, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pat Cummins (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth. Impact players: Umran Malik, Sanvir Singh, Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat.

KKR vs SRH (Qualifier 1): IPL 2024 team news

The Kolkata Knight Riders had the chance to try out Gurbaz in the last league match, against the Rajasthan Royals, but rain prevented that. Gurbaz’s lack of match practice this season may lead to his stagnation, which may lead to Narine taking even more risks. Since Narine is a great hitter of spin, expect Sunrisers Hyderabad to go all-pace in the powerplay, with Bhuvneshwar bowling half the overs.

Viyaskanth, almost certainly set to be SRH’s main spinner in the match, will have to bowl in the middle overs and perhaps even at the death. How KKR use Rinku, Russell, and Ramandeep in the batting order to hit spin will be interesting.

KKR’s biggest hurdle will be going past (containing is perhaps not on the cards) the Head-Abhishek pair. Narine and Varun are in terrific form, but Abhishek and Klaasen have been among the best hitters of spin this season. How and when Shreyas uses his spinners – separately or in tandem – may determine the outcome of the match.

KKR have the better spinners, but SRH have arguably the superior seam attack. KKR have a deeper batting line-up, but SRH’s three elite hitters have been more dangerous this season than KKR’s best hitters. It will be a close contest.

IPL 2024: Upcoming match

Qualifier 2, RCB vs RR – May 22, 7:30 pm IST

IPL 2024: Previous day’s IPL match

SRH vs PBKS, Match 69 – SRH won by 4 wickets with 5 balls to spare
RR vs KKR, Match 70 – abandoned without a ball being bowled

KKR vs SRH (Qualifier 1): Prediction for today’s IPL match

KKR are probably ahead of SRH, but only marginally.