Match Preview – Sunrisers vs KKR, IPL 2021, Game 3

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Eoin Morgan is in his first season as a full-time captain of an IPL team. When he takes the pitch in Chennai on Sunday, he will face not only David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad, but also Trevor Bayliss, a close confidant who helped Morgan prepare for England’s white ball revival, which culminated in his 2019 World Cup victory. Not to mention, Bayliss coached the Knight Riders between 2012 and 2015, when they won the IPL twice, before joining the Sunrisers.

The Kolkata Knight Riders haven’t made the playoffs since 2018; their quest for the title extends even further in 2014. While many others would have chopped up and changed, the core of the Knight Riders is still the same. Sunil Narine and Andre Russell are still as tall, if not taller, than new hires like Pat Cummins or Shakib Al Hasan, who was brought back by the franchise after being part of two title wins in 2012 and 2014. Dinesh Karthik continues to be a key finisher, as they have Shubman Gill as a potential retention material for the future.