The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League is under way, and in Match number 22, we will be seeing the Kings XI Punjab locking horns with the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
The Punjab side, led by Ravichandran Ashwin is one that has traditionally underperformed in the IPL with only a solitary runners-up medal to their credit. They possess a good blend of foreign and local talent, that has been performing quite consistently and has been racking up points on the leaderboard.
The Hyderabad side, led by Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one that has dished out consistent performances in the IPL with a winner’s trophy to their credit. They possess a potent blend of foreign and Indian talent, that has proven itself time and again. They too, have been brilliant so far in this edition..
Kings XI Punjab (Probable XI): Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami,
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Probable XI): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (C), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.
Chris Gayle vs Rashid Khan
Chris Gayle has been the West Indian team’s opener for many years now, and the southpaw is a ferocious hitter of the cricket ball and an enterprising cricketer with a vast array of attacking shots. His ability to attack from the word go, makes him a very crucial player and a tough competitor.
Gayle has the best score of 175 in IPL history, while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has more than 4000 runs in the IPL.
Even though Rashid Khan has not been successful in picking up wickets this season, the ICC World Number 1 T20I bowler has not leaked runs. With 42 wickets in 36 matches and a scintillating economy rate of 6.59, he averages 22.29.
The Afghan bowler holds the key against the hard-hitters of Punjab.
Mohammed Shami vs David Warner
Mohammed Shami has been a mainstay in the Indian lineup and has demonstrated his ability to be a proven wicket-taker. He is the new-ball bowler for Kings XI, and has shed out more-than-satisfactory performances so far.
David Warner has returned to the IPL post his ban, and has taken the tournament by storm. The Aussie opener has the Orange Cap in his possession and will be the wicket that KXIP would target initially.
Warner has 4293 IPL career runs to his, and has an overall IPL average of 41.68 in 119 matches and a strike rate of 143.1.
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Taking into consideration the experience of the Sunrisers team, coupled with the presence of their T20 stalwarts, Team CricWizz predicts that the Sunrisers Hyderabad would win its match against the Kings XI Punjab. But Punjab have proven time and again that they are more than capable of dishing out wins from adverse situations, and they can most definitely not be written off.
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