Match win, Dream11 and toss

  • Match Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win
  • Toss prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the toss and field first

Here is our Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Final prediction for the all-important final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 which is set to be played on Sunday, May 26. Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad will lock horns at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai to get their hands on the trophy.

Read on for our detailed KKR vs SRH predictions ahead of this match.

  • Date and time: May 26, 7:30 PM IST
  • Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Final match preview

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders have been comfortably the best-performing side in the IPL 2024. They topped the points table with nine victories and went on to smash Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1 by eight wickets to reach the final.

Bowling first, Mitchell Starc got them off to a perfect start by knocking over Travis Head on the second ball. He ended up picking 3 for 34 while Varun Chakravarthy snared 2 for 26 as they restricted SRH to 159. KKR openers provided them a quick start before the two Iyers put on an unbroken 97-run stand for the third wicket. Shreyas smashed 58* off 24 while Venkatesh struck 51 not-out in 28 deliveries. 

KKR possible XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Vaibhav Arora 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad, who came second in the league stage, lost Qualifier 1 to Kolkata Knight Riders. But they had another shot at making it to the final in Qualifier 2, where they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 36 runs at this very venue in Chennai. 

Batting first, SRH lost an early wicket before Rahul Tripathi smashed 37 off 15 deliveries. Travis Head struggled a bit and was dismissed for 34 off 28. Heinrich Klaasen then scored a 34-ball fifty as they reached 175. Defending the total, SRH kept the pressure on before Shahbaz Ahmed picked 3 for 23 in four overs to turn the game in their favour. Abhishek Sharma also snared 2 for 24 as they held off the opponents.

SRH possible XI: Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Kumar Reddy, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad, Glenn Phillips, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pat Cummins (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan

Pitch and expected weather conditions

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk has hosted eight matches in this tournament and the average first innings score stands at 177. The venue has produced good pitches for batting but in the last few games, there has been decent assistance for bowlers. 

The weather in Chennai is likely to be cloudy on Sunday evening with 100% cloud cover predicted. However, rain should not be an issue with only a 3% chance of precipitation. The temperature is expected to hover between 28 to 32 degree Celsius. 

KKR vs SRH Dream11 prediction

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Final
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Our KKR vs SRH Dream11 prediction for this match

  • Wicketkeeper(s): Heinrich Klaasen 
  • Batter(s): Travis Head, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi 
  • All-rounder(s): Andre Russell, Sunil Narine
  • Bowler(s): T Natarajan, Varun Chakravarthy, Mitch Starc 
  • Recommended captain: Sunil Narine 
  • Recommended vice-captain: Abhishek Sharma 

In this part of the KKR vs SRH match prediction, we will shed light on why we have opted to go with the above XI for the Dream11 contest. Chepauk can offer two types of pitches and so we have opted to pick a more balanced XI. 

In wicket-keeper batters, Heinrich Klaasen is a must pick as are Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma from the batting section. Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi bat in the top four and are in good form. 

Among all-rounders, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell have been in terrific form. Mitchell Starc has done well recently amongst bowlers while Varun Chakravarthy and T Natarajan have been excellent in this tournament. 

As for C and VC, we have several options but we have picked Narine and Abhishek Sharma. Narine has scored 482 runs and picked 16 wickets in the competition. Abhishek has also scored 482 runs at a strike rate of 207 and could make a big impact if he survives the new ball. 

Match prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win

When it comes to the head to head record between these teams, Kolkata Knight Riders lead comfortably. Out of 26 games, KKR have won 17 times whereas Sunrisers Hyderabad have been victorious in 9 games. KKR also lead the last five encounters by 4-1. Kolkata have more batters in form, with the line-up of Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer and Andre Russell. Their bowling attack has been in great form as well with five of them picking 15 or more wickets in the season. Our match prediction is for Kolkata Knight Riders to win. 

Toss prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the toss and field first

Chennai’s Chepauk is a venue which has historically favoured the chasing team in night matches as the dew makes batting easier in the second innings. Five out of eight games played here this season were won by the team batting second. In the previous game, there was no dew and the pitch offered a significant amount of spin in the second innings. Despite that, teams could look to chase in this game. Our toss prediction is that Kolkata Knight Riders will win the toss and opt to field first. 

Man of the match prediction: Sunil Narine 

Sunil Narine is the top contender for the most valuable player in the IPL 2024, having won matches for KKR with bat and ball. He has amassed 482 runs from 13 innings at an average of 37 and strike rate of 180. He has blasted three fifties and a hundred in the competition. He has been excellent with the ball as well, picking 16 wickets at an economy of 6.90. Narine will be a key at a venue like Chepauk. 

Betting Odds

  • Kolkata Knight Riders: 1.85 (PARIMATCH)
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1.95 (PARIMATCH)

As per the bookmakers, Kolkata Knight Riders are favourites to win this game. KKR are in great form and have 1.85 odds of winning this match whereas SRH have slightly higher odds of 1.95. 

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