IPL 2018, Match 25, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab
Thursday, 26th April , Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Match Preview :
The Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the Kings XI Punjab on Thursday in 8pm fixture here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.
These two teams are ranked 2 & 3 in the points table, enough to say how their performances panned out across the tournament. Both teams are coming into this game after ecstatic victories in their previous fixtures. The Kings XI Punjab first defended the lowest score of this season against Delhi Daredevils and the Sunrisers thumped the Mumbai Indians in a low scoring fixture the other day.
Last time when these two teams played against each other the Kings XI Punjab came out on top, thanks to the arrival of Chris Gayle. He took Rashid Khan apart scoring 27 in an over bowled by him.
The Hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad look perfectly balanced in all the areas. However their batting performance in their last league game is a bit disappointing. The form of Wriddhiman Saga, Manish Pandey is a major concern for them, which is making their middle order brittle. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is yet to recover from his injury. Despite all these , the kind of character and grit they showed against the Mumbai Indians adds a lot their confidence, making them a never-write-down team. They are the best bowling team in the power play in this season of IPL
The Kings XI Punjab, showed exceptional performances throughout the tournament. Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mujeeb ur Rahman have been their match winners this season. The batting has been their strength and they gave the highest run rate recorded in power play in this season of IPL. Chris Gayle left out of his last game might return to the playing eleven in this match. The middle order this team too, looks brittle. Aaron Finch & Yuvraj Singh are yet to make any significant performance this season, adding concerns to the team. Bowling department looks strong with the likes of Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew The and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Whatever conditions the teams are in, one thing is sure that this game is going to be cracker of a contest
Head to head :
Sunrisers Hyderabad 8 – 3 Kings XI Punjab , which looks an encouraging score line for the Hosts. And at this venue they’ve won 4 out of 5 against this particular opposition.
Favorites : The team that bats wins the game.
Team Composition :
Sunrisers Hyderabad :
Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Wriddhiman Saha(w), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, T Natarajan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
Kings XI Punjab :
Lokesh Rahul(w), Aaron Finch, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar