Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab
The 19th game of the Indian Premier League will see Sunrisers Hyderabad host Kings XI Punjab at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Reigning champions Sunrisers got off to perfect winning their first two games while lost the plot in the next two to find themselves at fourth place after four games played so far in the competition.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be confident to get back on the winning ways in a home game against Kings XI. David Warner is an important player for the side as left-handed batsman will need to step up the plate and produce runs at a good rate. Yuvraj Singh has chipped in with scores while the rest of the batting order has not done much. There is over-reliance on big players to do bulk of scoring.
The bowling lineup is one of the most potent ones in the Indian Premier League. Rashid Khan has been splendid with his leg breaks while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is continuing golden run with the ball. Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Cutting and others have been expensive. The top order in Warner and Dhawan have given decent starts for Hyderabad but the middle order needs to pull their weight for the coming games if Sunrisers want to stay ahead of the pack this season and defend their crown.
Kings XI Punjab has collected four points after four matches played as Delhi Daredevils outplayed them in the last game. Martin Guptill might come in place of Hashim Amla to provide impetus at the top while Glenn Maxwell and David Miller need big scores if Kings XI wants to stay in contention to qualify for the playoffs of the Indian Premier League. Ishant Sharma and Axar Patel will be key with the ball in hand as the rest of the bowling lacks penetration.