Today IPL Match prediction 2024

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Shreyas Iyer will lead his Kolkata Knight Riders in action against Aiden Markram’s Sunrisers Hyderabad for the first time in the 2024 IPL season. Match 3 of IPL 2024 will be played on March 23 (Saturday). The night match will start at 7:30 PM at the famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Today IPL Match prediction and Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match Preview

Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Kolkata Knight Riders have won only two of their last six matches at Eden Gardens.
  • Kolkata lost their first match of last season’s campaign against Punjab Kings.
  • KKR finished in seventh place in the 2023 IPL campaign, winning six of 14 matches.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • Sunrisers begin their new campaign in the IPL 2024.
  • Last season, Sunrisers finished bottom of the regular season standings with only four wins.
  • Hyderabad lost heavily against Rajasthan Royals in their opening match last season.

Weather Forecast: Kolkata

There is expected to be plenty of sun around to kick off the action at the Eden Gardens. Monthly temperatures should already be in the 30s by the end of the month, with an expected daytime high of 36 degrees Celsius and wind gusts of up to 12 mph. Chance of rain during the day is only 10%, but this can increase to 25% at night with 91% cloud cover.

Pitch Report: Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens located in Kolkata is the third largest cricket venue in the world. The ground was used for five matches during the Cricket World Cup in November 2023 and three first-class matches were played at the venue in 2024. The pitch at Eden Gardens is generally fairly even, maintaining good bounce throughout a match, giving something to both the batsmen and bowlers.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Probable Playing XIs:

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc, Varun Chakravarthy, Vaibhav Arora.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

Mayank Agarwal, Travis Head, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Upendra Yadav, Pat Cummins, Washington Sundar, Umran Malik, Thangarasu Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Betting Tips

Saturday’s day/night match should be played by Kolkata Knight Riders with their superior batting power to overcome SRH. With Jason Roy and Rinku Singh in the line-up, KKR’s top-order carries a hefty threat and they can likely count against a Sunrisers side that looks thin on deep batting power.
After outbidding rivals for the Australian’s services in the IPL 2024 auction, KKR can count on a new asset.

The star bowling power of Mitchell Starc.Starc is likely keen to make a big impression in his opening match with the franchise, so should he be dismissed, it could spell trouble for the Sunrisers.
Interestingly, however, KKR have won just two of their last seven matches at the Eden Gardens – victories over Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore last season. Last season, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to hosts Kolkata by 23 runs.
It will instill some hope in the audience. However, Hyderabad let go of England batting star Harry Brooke earlier this season and bought them from their previous campaign in a costly auction.

Most eyes will be on Henrik Klaassen and Mayank Agarwal, one of their best performers with the bat in the last campaign, to carry them through the match.
However, that won’t be enough in the tough visit to the Eden Gardens, as SRH look to improve massively from last season.

Top Kolkata Knight Riders Player: Mitchell Starc

The last time Mitchell Starc was in India was in November during Australia’s successful 2023 World Cup, when he picked up an impressive economy rate of 6.06 for 16 wickets. His swing bowling should get enough bounce on the Kolkata pitch. Satark is lethal with the new ball and a player no one wants to face to death.

Top Sunrisers Hyderabad Player: Heinrich Klaasen

The South African batsman’s excellent strike rate for Sunrisers Hyderabad in last season’s IPL will require SRH to have another big season to improve on their poor position from last year. As an indication of his ability, last year, Klaasen scored two 44-ball centuries in the SA20 and the inaugural Major League Cricket season in the United States.

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