Sunrisers Hyderabad will lock horns with Kings Xl Punjab at the Dubai International Stadium. The encounter will mark the 22nd match of the Indian Premier League 2020. Both the teams come into the game on the back of heavy losses and are currently placed sixth and eighth in the points table.
Sunrisers had a shaky start to their campaign as many of their key players were unavailable due to injuries. But looked completely different with the return of Kane Williamson into the side. The match against Mumbai Indians saw the defending champions register a score of 208, which given the standards of Sharjah pitch was a chase-able score for SRH. Though the lack of an experienced finisher in their side once again took a toll on the team.
Kings Xl Punjab, on the other side, were handed a huge defeat by the Chennai Super Kings and the team would be looking to put the humiliating defeat behind them. The score of 178 seemed a good total at the Dubai International Stadium. Though the bowling of KXIP was not up to the mark and the fact they were not able to pick up a single wicket does back it up.
The KXIP would be feeling unfortunate as the team has the orange cap holder in form of KL Rahul and one of the highest wicket-takers in the tournament-Mohammad Shami. But for some reason have managed to win just one game out of the five played.
Can KXIP bounce back from the heavy defeat and stay alive in the tournament? Or will SRH crush the hopes of KL Rahul and Co?
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
The conditions are once again ideal for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. For a change, the temperature is slightly on the lower side as the maximum expected temperature is 30 degrees, which is much lesser than the average 34 degrees.
Though the humidity is expected to take a toll on the players as it is expected to reach as high as 70% later in the evening.
The pitch in Dubai has been friendly to the batsman and is likely to continue the same way. Though the odd bounce at times could favor the spinners to an extent. Any score above 180 by the team batting is likely to be a winning total.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has been struck with a huge blow as their key bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is also one of the best bowlers in the history of the IPL has been ruled out due to a hip injury. The injury woes continue for the Sunrisers as this is the third player to be ruled out of their squad.
The management has bought in Prithvi raj Yarra as a replacement for the medium pacer.
KXIP on the other side has not reported any injuries. With the team lacking the finishing touch, the Universe Boss is likely expected to make it to the playing Xl. Given that the bowling has not been up to the mark the bowling all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham could replace Harpreet Brar.
Probable Playing Xl
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma
Kings Xl Punjab (KXIP): KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Glenn Maxwell/ Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell
SRH vs KXIP Fantasy Team
KL Rahul, Jonny Bairstow, Mayank Agarwal, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Krishnappa Gowtham, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, T Natarajan
Captain Picks: KL Rahul (KXIP), David Warner (SRH)
Vice-Captain Picks: Jonny Bairstow(SRH), Mayank Agarwal(KXIP)
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