IPL 2019, Hyderabad vs Kolkata: Players to watch out for
In the second match of IPL 2019, Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata will take on Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad.
Kane Williamson, who led them to runners-up finish last season, will continue to captain Hyderabad, a team that is known for its depth and variation in bowling.
In the previous season, he was the top scored with 735 runs with a strike rate of 142.44 including eight half-centuries.
David Warner, who missed last season due to ball tampering scandal, is expected to feature for the team.
In his IPL career so far, he compiled 4014 runs with a strike rate of 142.13 including three centuries and 36 half-centuries.
Even as his international ban will end on March 28, the left-handed opener is eligible to play in the franchise league and would be hoping to get into his zone to stake a claim in Australia's World Cup squad.
If he plays then all eyes will be on David Warner and he will be the most scrutinised player for Hyderabad this season.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik will look to make most of the IPL opportunity to get the selectors' attention.
Karthik led Kolkata to a third-place finish following their loss to SRH in the second eliminator last year.
In IPL 2018, he scored 498 runs with a strike rate of 147.77 including two half-centuries.
Hyderabad's bowling is highly depended on the bowling unit and Afghanistan's Rashid Khan will be in charge of the spin attack.
Khan, who is one of the world's leading bowlers in short-form cricket and is known for his wicket-taking abilities and spinning qualities.
In the previous season, he took 21 wickets and his economy was 6.73.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who will lead Hyderabad's pace department, will look to strengthen his performance keeping World Cup perspective in mind.
Though, his selection is certain as his performance has been consistent for his national team.
In the previous season, he took nine wickets and his economy was 7.66.
Hyderabad's Vijay Shankar will step up his performance to get a berth in India's World Cup squad.
His recent experience in the international format will help him understand the game in IPL.
His presence in Hyderabad's squad will help the team stable middle-batting order.
Hyderabad had traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan.
In the previous season, he played for Delhi and scored 212 runs.