Our Prediction is Sunrisers Hyderabad to Win the Match!
Host Kings XI Punjab will be eager to get things moving when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 22nd game of Indian Premier League in Mohali on Monday.
Kings XI Punjab suffered a 22-run defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings in a game played on Saturday. With this result, the franchise is currently lying at fourth place with six points to their name. Captain Ravichandran Ashwin will be hoping that side can make a strong comeback in their home fixture.
In their last match, Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a shocking defeat, this time against Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians, courtesy 40-run margin. Captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be hoping that side can make a strong comeback in this game.
The franchise will be looking to make amends for their mistakes in the previous game played against Chennai Super Kings.
In the batting department, the home side will be depending on in-form opener Lokesh Rahul to score runs at the top of the innings. He played a splendid innings of 55 runs off 47 balls with the help of three fours and one six in the game played against Chennai Super Kings. He put on a 110-run partnership with Sarfaraz Ahmed in the previous game played against Chennai.
Apart from him, middle-order batsman Sarfaraz Khan has shown excellent form for the side so far this season. He is the leading run-scorer for the franchise with 165 runs in 5 matches at an average of 55.00. Sarfaraz was the standout performer for Kings XI in their previous game. He produced a valiant innings of 67 runs off 59 balls to take the game down to the wire. Kings XI will be hoping that he can continue his good form with the bat in the next couple of matches.
Chris Gayle will be looking to make a strong statement with the bat in this game. The veteran opener perished for a low score against Chennai. David Miller and Mayank Agarwal also have contributed with crucial scores for the franchise in this year’s competition.
In the bowling department, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was standout performer in the game played against Chennai Super Kings. He finished with three wickets to his name. Leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin also bowled well against Chennai.
Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), David Miller, Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Sam Curran, Mohammad Shami, Andrew Tye.
AS Rajpoot, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lokesh Rahul, M Singh, David Miller, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran
Despite losing their previous game against Mumbai, Sunrisers are still at second place with six points to their name. 2016 IPL Champions will be looking to put in a better performance in the next game.
In the batting department, the team will be banking on the form of pugnacious opener David Warner, who has managed to score 279 runs in five matches at an average of 69.75. His opening partner Jonny Bairstow has been equally good with the bat and scored 262 runs at an average of 52.40. With Warner and Bairstow perishing early in the innings, the middle-order crumbled under pressure against Mumbai Indians.
The team’s biggest disappointment so far is the form of middle-order batsman Manish Pandey, who managed to score just 35 runs in five matches at an average of 11.66. Deepak Hooda was the only looked comfortable at the crease. He scored 20 off 24 balls with help of one four. Apart him, no one managed to produce a decent score as Sunrisers were bundled out for just 96 runs in 17.4 overs in their previous game. Yusuf Pathan has looked out of sorts with the bat in the games played so far for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Vijay Shankar will need to produce consistent scores for the side in the next couple of matches.
In the bowling department, the team is heavily dependent on the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to produce breakthroughs with ball in hand. Siddharth Kaul was the pick of the bowlers in the previous game played against Mumbai Indians.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (captain), Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan , Jonny Bairstow (wk), David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
Vijay Shankar, YK Pathan, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, S Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda, David Warner
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali is going to host all the home fixtures for Kings XI in this year’s competition. Kings XI Punjab have won their previous two games played at this venue. Sunrisers Hyderabad have an excellent head-to-head record against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.
The side that wins the toss would like to bowl first. The pitch will offer something for quick bowlers in the initial overs of the innings. It will definitely become easier to bat in the second half of the game.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab is a certainly going to be a mouthwatering encounter as both teams have explosive players in their batting lineups. Kings XI Punjab look well placed to win this game as they have a superior batting lineup in comparison to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Ravichandran Ashwin and co. will be firm favorites to win this game!
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