Kolkata Knight Riders vs Hobart Hurricanes, Champions League T20 2014 – Cricket Betting Tips

KKR will take on Hobart Hurricanes in the 1st semi-final of the CLT20 tournament at Hyderabad. KKR has been one of the strongest team in the tournament having won all their group matches. They will be happy that they do not go up against another IPL team which is the case in the other semi-final. KKR started off in fine fashion by beating Chennai Super Kings and have not looked back since. They beat every team and never looked like losing. Still, their lower order batting has not been tested much so it is something the Hurricanes should try and exploit.

The main bowler for KKR once again has been Sunil Narine but there are some problems with his bowling action as he was called by the umpires. Three of his faster deliveries are under scrutiny and it will surely put a lot of pressure on him as the semi-final will already be a pressure game. This works out well for Hurricanes as they would not like to face an in-form Narine. It remains to be seen how much the situation affects Narine and how he responds to it. Hobart Hurricanes will be happy to take on Narine when he is not at his best and bowling under the pressure of getting called again. If he is called for a suspect action again he will be suspended.

Hobart Hurricanes has been consistent in the group stage, losing only to Kings XI Punjab. Their batsmen have done the bulk of the job, easing the pressure off the bowlers. Hobart has a well balanced side with plenty of big hitters. They have a balanced bowling unit with Bollinger and Hilfenhaus leading the attack. Doherty has excelled in Indian conditions and is looking better with every passing match. His spell of 4 for 27 against Barbados Tridents is sure to boost his confidence.

On paper, KKR looks like the favorites but they will be struggling with the idea of Narine playing under a microscope. Hobart should look to attack KKR from the start and not get on the back foot. Therein, lies their best chance to put pressure on the KKR batting order: Blizzard, Dunk, Malik and Birt will all have to contribute if their team has to beat KKR. Not many would give too many chances to Hobart in this match but I think they are set to upset KKR in this match. Hence, my choice for this match is Hobart Hurricanes.

Winner: Hobart Hurricanes, 2.62 @ Bet365