Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their last game against Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets. Poor performance from their batting lineup besides their top-three cost them the game against Royals. They lie fourth in the IPL points table with 10 points.
Kings XI Punjab lost their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 17 runs. AB de Villiers took away the game from Punjab and Punjab couldn’t chase their target of 203. Punjab lies sixth in the IPL points table with 10 points.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – LWWLL
Sunrisers have lost their way a bit after starting the season quite strongly. They have won two of their last five games. Coming at the business end of the season they have quite an inconsistent form. Middle-order has failed for the Hyderabad with Pandey a bright spot in the last couple of games for them.
Kings XI Punjab – LLWLL
Punjab had a great start to the season just like Hyderabad but just like their opponents, they have also lost their way. They have lost four of their last five games. Their bowling has let them down in recent games especially in the death overs.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
David Warner, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
Kings XI Punjab
Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran(w), Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Murugan Ashwin Mohammed Shami
David Warner (SRH)
Warner will be a key for Hyderabad against Punjab. If he can stay on the wicket till 12-15 overs that will be really helpful for Hyderabad bowlers. With Gayle on the other side, Hyderabad needs Warner to go big.
Chris Gayle (KXIP)
Gayle destroyed Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan last season but he missed out in the first game this season. He will be looking to hit Hyderabad’s bowlers out of park. Rajiv Gandhi will get slow as the inning will progress, so a quick start from Gayle will be highly important for them.
Best Fantasy Team
Keeper – KL Rahul
Batsmen – Gayle, Warner, Pandey, Mayank
All Rounder – R Ashwin, Shakib, Vijay Shankar
Bowler – Shami, Khaleel, Rashid