Kolkata Knight Rider would look to break their losing streak in the Indian Premier League against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
KKR, who lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 10 runs on Friday night, have looked out of sorts in their recent meetings at home with their middle order not showing up and the over-reliance on Andre Russell now becoming a cause of worry.
Chasing a stiff 214 for victory, Andre Russell smashed a typical 25-ball 65 with Nitish Rana scoring an unbeaten 46-ball 85.
But in the middle overs, after KKR had lost the first three wickets inside the powerplay, Robin Uthappa and Rana stumbled along, accumulating just 46 off 41 balls in a partnership that had Russell fuming in the dugout.
Earlier, Sunrisers broke Chennai Super Kings' winning streak, and secured a vital victory after three losses on the trot, with a six-wicket win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
With the bat, it was Jonny Bairstow and David Warner show once again as the pair guided the team to a facile victory by sharing a 66-run stand for the first wicket.
Placed fifth, a rung below KKR, in the points table, Sunrisers will take on an opponent low of confidence after a string of four losses in a row.
What to expect, Match Predictions -
Looking at the current form, Sunrisers Hyderabad will enter their home grounds as the favourites against dejected Kolkata Knight Riders. But the Andre Russell factor can change the fortunes for KKR camp.
Predicted Playing XI of SRH and KKR
Probable Playing XI of SRH - David Warner, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar