Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the two very popular Indian franchises, have shared a stiff rivalry over the last seven years. Beginning with their first match of April 2013 and continuing with their most recent bout in October of 2020, they’ve had an even matchup in the Indian Premier League editions. All the signs point to both sides being of the same calibre in terms of bowling and batting power, however, the Knight Riders do seem to have a slight advantage.
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Knight Riders and Sunrisers have gone head-to-head a total of 19 times over the past seven years. During that period, the Riders have won the majority of them with twelve wins as compared to the Sunrisers’ seven wins.
Both franchises have star-studded players and huge and loyal fan bases. In the IPL history, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad rivalry has always produced spectacular games.
Let’s explore KKR vs SRH struggle in more detail.
When it comes to the Indian Premier League, this matchup is uniquely close. A few players on both teams have played for the other side at some point. Hence, KKR vs SRH IPL matches are usually very tight.
SRH vs KKR games are exciting to watch. Some of the toughest matches were won only by several wickets taken or runs scored. The closest match to date occurred on the 18th of October 2020 with a tie broken by a Super Over.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders game ran to 163 runs (each side) and appeared as if it might be the very first tied match between the two competitors. As the game came down to the super over, Hyderabad scored two runs but Kolkata’s bowler Lockie Ferguson scored two wickets in that Super Over. Kolkata came up to bat and Eoin Morgan scored a single run at-bat, winning the game by one point when neither he nor the next batsman lost a wicket.
Another game between the two teams to remember is the one that took place on April 30th, 2017 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. KKR won the toss and decided to bowl. Unfortunately for the Knight Riders, Hyderabad’s first Batsman David Warner took the opportunity and ran. We mean ran in the most literal sense, scoring 126 runs and allowing the Sunrisers to steamroll Kolkata with 48 runs.
A spectacular victory was scored in favour of KKR when Kolkata and Hyderabad clashed for the very first time on the 14th of April in 2013. KKR won the toss at the beginning of the match and decided to bat. Gambhir, Kallis, and Morgan ran away with the lead ending in a victory by 48 runs.
Founded in 2008, in the IPL Kolkata Knight Riders enjoys the biggest fan base of all the eight IPL teams. They have consistently boasted a top 5 performance in the Indian Premier League, winning in 2014 and 2012. Boasting an impressive roster that included the likes of Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell, the team has a reputation for being stacked with powerhouses.
Kolkata Knight Riders hold the record for the longest winning streak by an Indian team at 14 matches. They hold the record for the most consecutive wins in IPL at 10, broken during the 2014-2015 season. They’re also a top contender for the most wins in IPL, with KKR holding the third-place slot at 98 wins, just below the 118 and 106 of 1st and 2nd, respectively.
KKR is a powerhouse, but a team is nothing without its top players. Andre Russell is the star player of the KKR and to us that title isn’t just for show, being one of two players to achieve both a century and hattrick in the same T20 match. He achieved this in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League. Andre Russell also holds the record for the highest strike rate in the IPL at 182.33, with a reputation for knocking the balls clear out of the park.
Sunil Narine is another star player for the KKR on the opposite side of the field. The ace-bowler is an integral part of the team’s ongoing strategy. He boasts a record shared with Lasith Malinga as the only two bowlers to pick four or more wickets in an inning seven times over their career.
Team captain Dinesh Karthik is an expert finisher with the experience to back him up on the field. His presence alone raises the level of play to new heights.
A team to remember in the IPL seasons, Sunrisers Hyderabad was founded in 2012 and forming a fierce rivalry with KKR in 2013, is now a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Premier League.
Similar to KKR, SRH has repeatedly earned a spot in the top five in terms of performance, coming in 1st in 2016. Much of their staying power can be attributed to the star player, David Warner, but they also owe a lot to their fans. The fan-base behind the SRH, self-identified as “The Orange Army”, gives the squad immense support no matter the challenges they face.
With several young additions to the team, SRH have consistently displayed an ability to learn from their mistakes and improve, winning in their third year of the IPL. The team, however, is also no stranger to scandals and controversy. David Warner was the captain from 2015 to 2018 when he was banned for a year after an infamous ball-tampering scheme. Kane Williamson replaced him as captain until 2020 when David Warner returned to the role.
Captain or player, David Warner is an ace in the hole for SRH. He’s responsible for their decisive and unexpected victory in 2016, for scoring 692 runs in 2019, as well as holding multiple records including the most fifties and highest opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow. The ace spinner from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan, is the answer to Sunil Narine of the KKR. An exceptionally skilled bowler, despite not holding any records of his own, Rashid Khan is extremely consistent and well-rounded and talented as a batsman.
Kane Williamson stands on a skill level on par with David Warner, enough to lead the team during his absence. Now that he is no longer the captain, he is serving as a star batsman.
IPL 2020 had to be postponed due to the coronavirus but returned thunderously in September and October. The two matches so far in the IPL 2020 KKR vs SRH series were by far the closest that the rivals have ever had. The tightest one in October was the first match in their history to be decided by Super Over, and the only one that nearly ended in a tie.
IPL 2021 is scheduled to be back to the regular schedule from April to June and the auction for IPL 2021 will likely take place in the middle of February 2021. The Sunrisers aren’t reportedly going to attend the auction in force. The Knight Riders, however, will be looking to purchase quality players to bolster their ranks for the coming season.
So, an interesting season of IPL 2021 betting lies ahead, and the odds of winning are yet to be calculated. At 10CRIC we’ll keep you updated with the latest IPL news and squad changes, so you know whether KKR or SRH have a greater chance of winning.
The Kolkata Knight Riders and the Sunrisers Hyderabad are set to go at each other in April and May this year.
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KKR vs SRH Odds - 09-04-2021
To bet on KKR vs SRH you need to know the major types of IPL betting odds. Here they are: outright, pre-match, and live betting odds.
KKR vs SRH Outright Odds - Outright odds are the easiest ones - the name is self-explanatory. When you bet on outright, you are trying to predict who will be the overall winner of the tournament for the current season.
KKR vs SRH Before the Match Odds - Pre-match odds are the most popular ones among IPL bettors. However, with these odds, you need to know the teams’ weak and strong sides in advance. Check KKR vs SRH head-to-head records to make an informed choice.
KKR vs SRH Live Betting Odds - Live betting odds are fun and challenge. You bet on who will win while the game is currently in play. These bets are popular due to the sudden swings a game can take, and one should follow all updates of the odds.