Kings XI Punjab will play against Sunrisers Hyderabad on their home ground on Thursday; they intend to continue their victory campaign and prevent the chariot of Hyderabad. The Punjab team, captained by Ravichandran Ashwin, had defeated Chennai Super Kings in their last match. He has won two out of three matches, while in one game they have gotten a defeat. The team would like to maintain their winning streak in the home. On the other hand, Sunrisers, led by new captain Kane Williamson, have won all their three matches.
Sunrisers bowling attack is very balanced in the presence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanley, Siddharth Kaul, Shakib Al Hasan and Sandeep Sharma. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab’s biggest strength is their batting. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are being counted as the most dangerous opening pair of IPL 2018. Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nayar, Mayank Agarwal will strengthen the middle order, though the poor form of Australian batsman Aaron Finch is worrying for the team.
Sunrisers’ batsmen are also ready to face the bowling of Captain R Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Andrew Tye. Aggressive batsman Shikhar Dhawan is seen in full rhythm. It will be the responsibility of team over Wriddhiman Saha to give a tremendous start to the team. In the middle, captain Kane Williamson will once again expect the team to do well in this tournament. If Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda strengthen the middle order, then all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan can be expected to have long hits in the last over.
For the first time in IPL-11, both the teams will be played in Mohali today, On face-to-face 10 matches played by both teams, out of which Hyderabad has won eight and Punjab have won only two. Lokesh Rahul has scored most runs for Punjab in three matches with the help of a fifty. While Hyderabad’s opener Dhawan has made 130 most runs for Hyderabad with the help of a fifty in three matches.
Previous Record– Gayle vs SRH: Nine innings, 220 runs, Avg 24.44, SR 151.72, One X 50, Mohit has accounted for the southpaw thrice in 55 balls while conceding 62 runs.
Probable XI: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh/Manoj Tiwary, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Probable XI: Wriddhiman Saha, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake.