Kolkata, May 3: Kolkata Knight Riders will have the psychological edge over Sunrisers Hyderabad but the defending champions will be wary of the visiting side's resurgence when they clash in an IPL cricket match at the Eden Gardens here tomorrow.
Posting three wins in four games, including one against KKR in a rain-marred encounter in the first leg, the Orange Army have jumped to fifth behind the Purple Brigade with one match in hand.
It's been a mixed bag for KKR, on the other hand, as they are still striving to be consistent in the backdrop of a controversy surrounding Sunil Narine's bowling action as they have slipped to fourth place.
Both the teams land here having played yesterday. While KKR lost in Bangalore defending 112 from 10 overs in a last over finish, SRH handed Chennai Super Kings a second successive thrashing in their first match in Hyderabad this season.
When they take the field, KKR will be aware they have a psychological edge over SRH, having defeated them thrice in five meetings but on form the Hyderabad outfit will be ahead.
On the field, it will boil down to a battle between their batting firepower led by David Warner against the KKR bowlers, especially the slower ones who would look to revel in home conditions.
Much of their success is attributed to David Warner who has led from the front after being named skipper ahead of the season.
The explosive opener has been in sublime form with five half-centuries in eight matches, and four of them in winning causes as he boasts of the maximum 50s (21) in IPL.
Warner's 91 from 64 balls in their first leg fixture had given SRH a 16-run victory in the first leg and KKR can consider half the battle won if they get the left-hander cheaply.
To address the threat, KKR may bring in ace South African speedster Morne Morkel who has had some success against the Aussie.
The South African has dismissed the opener six times in International cricket and twice in the IPL, including in the first leg, and it would be interesting to see whether Gambhir brings in Morkel who has not played the last three matches.
Having returned to winning ways after securing a handsome win over CSK here, KKR have hit the slump once again going down to RCB for their fourth loss.
KKR are slated to play three matches at home beginning with SRH tomorrow before they conclude with two away games and it's imperative for Gambhir's men to make the three count in order to make the playoffs.
In their last outing here, SRH were thrashed by KKR and the visitors will also be keen to settle scores. On current form, SRH look fresh after notching the highest total of this IPL -- 192/7 against CSK last night.
The inclusion of Moises Henriques and Eoin Morgan has been good for the team and their formidable batting will be their main strength.
SRH have also found the right mix of Indian players with the likes of Ashish Reddy and Naman Ojha doing their jobs impressively.
However, it's their spin bowling resources which may be a cause for concern as their main tweaker Karn Sharma will have to bring out his best, while it remains to be seen whether they will bring in Pervez Rasool who has just played one match this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Pat Cummins, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Veer Pratap Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Brad Hogg, Sumit Narwal, Sheldon Jackson, Aditya Garhwal, KC Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson, Dale Steyn, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Trent Boult, Parveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Chama Milind, Praveen Kumar, Hanuma Vihari, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma.
Match Starts at 8 pm in Kolkata
Also playing on Monday at 4 PM - CSK Vs RCB at Chennai