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  Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders are competing in the eighth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 today. The game will start in Abu Dhabi after 7:45 pm Nepali time.



Both the teams are thinking of getting their first win in the ongoing IPL. In the first match, Hyderabad lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 10 runs. Kolkata had lost by 49 runs to Mumbai Indians.

Hyderabad was close to a one-time win against Bangalore but lost. Chasing the target of 164 runs, Hyderabad lost the last 8 wickets for 32 runs. Learning from that mistake, Hyderabad is thinking of winning against Kolkata. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the IPL due to injury.

He is likely to be replaced by Ken Williamson. The arrival of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson could strengthen Hyderabad's middle order batting. Hyderabad had used seven bowlers against Bangalore. Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were wicketless.

Hyderabad's leading bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan both have to do well. Johnny Bairstow was out for 64 and Manish Pandey for 34. England's opener wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow, who is also in a good rhythm, can also be a hero against Kolkata.

Captain David Warner, who was out for six in the first game, needs to play a big innings. Fast bowler Sandeep Sharma, who has scored 36 runs in 4 overs, could be replaced by Khalil Ahmed. The lower order batting problem could be a headache for Hyderabad.

In the first match, Kolkata performed poorly against Mumbai in both batting and bowling. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav had scored 39 runs in 4 overs. Pat Cummins had scored 49 runs in 3 overs. Cummins could be replaced today by New Zealand fast bowler Loki Ferguson. Suvman Gill, Owen Morgan, Nitesh Rana and captain Dinesh Katrick need to play big innings.

There will be some pressure on Andre Russell to finish well in the bottom order. Young fast bowler Shivam Mabhi, who performed well in the first game, can also be a hero against Hyderabad. Spin all-rounder Sunil Narayan is a player who can be fatal to Hyderabad. A total of 17 matches have been played between the two teams in the IPL. In which Kolkata has won 10 games and lost 7 games

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