The Hyderabad team will be taking on Kolkata in match no. 47 of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Neither of the teams have hit the ground running this season, they are languishing in the bottom half of the league standings. Making their road to knockout stages ever so more treacherous. A win would see them at least see them push for their aim while a loss will be a disheartening result for both sides.
The Hyderabad team is placed at the no.9 spot in the league table standings after 8 matchdays, while Kolkata is just above them in the 8th spot after playing 9 matches. Hyderabad had a much-welcoming win against the struggling Delhi team after three consecutive losses. Whereas, Kolkata still has not been able to get a string of positive results so far in the tournament. With the business end of the converted league nearing, the teams will now want to go all out leaving no stone unturned.
Players to watch out for
A. Sharma (Hyderabad)
The Indian all-rounder was the one who was looked up to get the runs for the team early in the game but so far he has been struggling to do so. With a total of 139 runs so far he surely will be looking to turn things around for good. His knock of 67 against Delhi was vital for his team’s victory where he did look like himself and did his bid with the bat. Kolkata is notorious for its spin bowling attack and considering how the past few games have gone, Sharma will have to dig in deep.
M. Markande (Hyderabad)
Talk about spin bowling magicians who have taken the tournament by storm, Hyderabad themselves have got a potent weapon in M. Markande. The young leg spinner has been the only source of consistent wickets for Hyderabad, a total of 10 wickets in 8 games played so far. In the win against Delhi, he got his 2 wickets but again, his spells have often been inconsistent at times. Perhaps the game against Kolkata will ignite the fire in him where he does bring out his best.
V. Chakaravarthy (Kolkata)
Kolkata has been blessed with the talent of V. Chakarvarthy in their bowling attack, once known for their pace bowling attack, Kolkata this season have been firing blanks with their speedsters and this is where Chakarvarhty has weaved his magic. The spinner is notorious for spellbound the batters and then sending them back to their dugouts. He has a good 13 wickets to show for himself this season and the outing against Bangalore will be remembered for a while. Kolkata will need to play on their strength and milk out the best from the spinner.
R. Singh (Kolkata)
Perhaps this could be not a famous choice as one can go with V. Iyer or J. Roy but given they have been inconsistent in their approach so far this is an ideal pick. Known for his calm attitude and presence on the field he packs a huge punch with his bat. The memories of the famous win against Gujarat is still fresh in our mind where R. Singh hit 5 sixes to take home the win. He might not be the most prolific run scorer but coming to the business end of the tournament, his contribution to the team will indeed be vital.
Predicted Playing X1:
Hyderabad – A. Sharma, M. Agarwal, R. Tripathi, A. Markram [C], H. Brook, H. Klaasen [WK], A. Samad, A. Hosein, B. Kumar, M. Markande, U. Malik
Kolkata – N. Jagadeesan, R. Gurbaz [WK], S. Thakur, V. Iyer, N. Rana [C], R. Singh, A. Russell, D. Wiese, S. Narine, S. Sharma, V. Chakaravarthy
Fantasy X1 Top Picks:
Wicketkeeper – H. Klaasen
Batters – A. Sharma, R. Gurbaz, R. Singh, N. Rana
All-rounder – H. Brook, V. Iyer [C]
Bowlers – V. Chakaravarthy [VC], M. Markande, U. Malik, S. Sharma
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