David Warner won the toss and elected to field first in Chennai against Kolkata Knight Riders in the third game of this year's IPL. Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to start afresh after an unfortunate finish in IPL 2021. They lost before the final hurdle, going down to runners-up Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 last year. On the other hand, Kolkata missed the playoff spot last year by a small margin inspite of winning their last game against Rajasthan Royals.
However, the big name to miss out from the KKR setup was Sunil Narine who has been out of form for the two time champions. Harbhajan Singh will make his debut for KKR. Russell, Shakib, Cummins and Morgan form the foreign contingent of Kolkata. Meanwhile, for Sunrisers, Warner, Rashid Khan, Nabi and Jonny Bairstow are the four overseas players. With Bhuvneshwar availability SRH bowling attack formidable, Bhuvi has 136 wickets in IPL and 7th highest wicket-taker in IPL. Out of his 136 wickets, 58.09% wickets have come in the death overs. 47 wickets by Bhuvneshwar in IPL, which is joint 4th most by a bowler in IPL. 2nd most by a pacer after Zaheer Khan.