Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
53th game of Indian Premier League to be played Green Park, Kanpur on 13th May at 4:00 IST
Sunrisers will have to win this game when they come up against Gujarat Lions at Green Park, Kanpur to make that they seal their place in the last four of the competition. A loss here would mean Punjab having a chance to qualify for the playoffs in case if they win their last game. The defending champions will try their level best to bring their best forward in order to finish with maximum points.
Hyderabad batting has been decent with top order doing well as Kane Williamson, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan chipping in with big scores on a regular basis. Yuvraj Singh has produced his moments of brilliance with the bat but with frail long tail that has been their major worry if case top order does not deliver.
Hyderabad bowling has been reliant on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan for wickets as these two bowlers have done consistently well in the competition. Siddharth Kaul is shaping to be promising player with the ball in hand while seasoned duo of Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman have been poor as they have sat on the sidelines for most part of Indian Premier League 2017.
Gujarat Lions will be disappointed with their season as injuries to key players meant that they were not the same force that helped them to finish in top 4 in the last season. Andrew Tye got injured at important phase of the competition as Australian bowler was doing exceedingly well with the ball in hand. The bowling has been woeful to say the least as it has cost them a lot of games this season. Gujarat would be keen to end their season with a win in the last fixture as this was last hurrah for the franchise with Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings making a comeback for next season.
Players to watch out for
Kane Williamson is one player that does stand up in big games as he is one of technically competent batsman in world cricket. New Zealander has done well this season and helped his side win games. Sunrisers will be hoping he can deliver in this game so that he can produce best for the playoffs as well.
Suresh Raina is the highest-run scorer for Gujarat this season. Raina is the captain of the side as he would be focused to give his all with the bat in the last game of the season against Sunrisers.
The head to head record does not give pretty reading for Gujarat as they have lost all four games against Sunrisers.
Average 1st inning scores: 163
Average 2nd innings scores: 165
Prediction: Gujarat Lions won the toss and chose to field