KXIP vs SRH: Before the match against Mumbai Indians, Sun Risers Hyderabad were at the top of the points table and also were this season’s favourites. However, their position and part of their repute came crashing down when they were bowled out for a mere 96 at their home turf. SRH had been their most effective on their home ground, with openers putting a 100-plus partnership in every game played at the RGI Stadium, this season.
With extraordinary performances from the openers in almost every game, no one knew what would happen if the opening duo failed. This question was answered in the game against MI, where, after the dismissal of the openers, the middle order crumbled in no time. Deepak Hooda was the highest run-getter with 20 runs from 24 balls.
After the first innings, everyone was convinced that it was yet again Hyderabad’s game who restricted the opposition to a mere 136, which seemed like the kind of score SRH could wrap up in less than 15 overs, and then came Alzarri Joseph, the debutant, who shattered all of SRH’s dreams. The West Indian medium fast bowler claimed 6 wickets to his name.
SRH will want to put this defeat behind them and act strong against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Between SRH and KXIP, SRH have been the stronger side, who emerged victorious in 75% of all games, played since 2013.
While SRH are recovering from an embarrassing defeat, KXIP don’t have too much to be confident too. The latter are among the bottom half of the points table and their Net Run Rate at -0.094. However, the team has shown promise, by winning 2 out of the last three matches played. Also, the fact that KXIP crushed SRH in their last match at home, might provide a major confidence boost to the team.
PITCH & CONDITIONS
It has been a treat to watch the matches hosted in Mohali. The pitch lived up to its repute of being a batsmen’s paradise and all games have generated high-scores. This will be the third game to be played on the ground and is expected to be another high-scoring encounter. The weather too will suit the batting conditions, with a significant drop in the temperature expected towards the evening. The temperature is expected to hover around the 24-degree mark through the match.
Average score on this pitch
The stats favour SRH dearly. The two teams have faced each other 12 times, out of which SRH have won 9 and KXIP had 3 wins to their name. Talking specifically about the matches played on the Mohali ground, SRH have won four out of the total five matches played there.
Kings XI Punjab
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul will open the innings with Mayank Agarwal at number three. The team will be relying heavily upon Sarfaraz Khan and David Miller in the middle order. Punjab have Ravi Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye and Sam Curran in the bowling department. One big change expected in the team could be that of including Ankit Rajpoot in exchange of Mohammad Shami.
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami/Ankit Rajpoot
Although Deepak Hooda was the highest scorer in the last match with a mere score of 20, he hasn’t been very helpful to the team. Hence, the team may decide to trade him for Abhishek Sharma. Abhishek may play alongside Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan, in the middle order. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will continue opening the innings with Vijay Shankar managing the number three spot. Nabi and Rashid will need to deliver with the bowl along with Sandeep, Kaul and Bhuvneshwar.
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Abhishek Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
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Chris Gayle- Kings XI Punjab | David Warner- Sunrisers Hyderabad
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for KXIP to win the match.
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