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IPL 2019 match preview: KKR vs SRH ? a clash between two of the most consistent teams
The first super Sunday of IPL 2019 starts with a clash between two of the most consistent IPL teams, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The match will be played today at 4 pm, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the home turf of KKR.

Both the teams have won the IPL title once each, with SRH lifting the coveted IPL trophy in 2016 by beating RCB in the final by 8 runs. KKR had won the IPL title in 2014 by beating Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling final. 

The consistency of both the teams can be gauged by the fact that while KKR has made it to the play-offs in the past three seasons, SRH lifted the IPL trophy in 2016, made it to the play-offs in 2017, and finished as the runner-ups in the last IPL season. 

Led by Dinesh Karthik, KKR is a team packed with all-rounders such as Andre Russell, Joe Denly, Sunil Narine, Carlos Brathwaite, Anrich Nortje, Piyush Chawla, and Srikanth Mundhe. 

SRH were dealt with a major blow after Kane Williamson, who was the last season's top run scorer, was ruled out for the initial part of the tournament owing to injury. However, as a major relief for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner makes a comeback. Warner had missed the last season for his involvement in the ball tampering scandal. He takes over as the skipper of the side in Williamson's absence. 

Apart from their batting which boasts of international players like Martin Guptill and Shakib-Al-Hasan, SRH also has a strong bowling line up with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, and Khaleel Ahmed.

Both teams have clashed against each other 15 times out of which KKR have won 9 times, while SRH had won in 6. The odds are stacked heavily in favour of KKR today as they are a difficult side to beat at home. 

The pitch conditions for today's match are in favour of the batsmen. However, the spinners will come into play once the pitch starts to wear off.

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