Kings XI Punjab will take on David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali in the second encounter of the day.
In the second match of the day, Kings XI Punjab will play David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali. The last time the two teams met, SRH skipper Warner demolished the Punjab bowling while Manan Vohra’s heroics with the bat just fell short to give Punjab a win in that particular game.
With their previous game against RCB washed out, SRH will be looking to claim their first away win against a side that has won just one of their last five matches. SRH have a 7-2 lead in the overall head-to-head record against Kings XI, which included an impressive victory earlier in the season when Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 5 for 19 and helped defend 159.
Kings XI Punjab finally ended their four-game losing streak by beating Gujarat Lions in their last encounter. Captain Glenn Maxwell admitted that Hashim Amla was struggling towards the end of the innings and the in-form South African batsman might be replaced by Martin Guptill if he isn’t completely fit. David Miller is unlikely to find his place back in a crowded middle-order while Marcus Stoinis too might not get another game now that Darren Sammy is available for selection.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad who are at third spot in the points table, skipper David Warner has come up with some decent performances in the season and he would be looking to continue with the form.
Kings XI Punjab have an in-form top order that has been amongst the runs while their bowling has let them down on too many occasions. SRH’s top three are all in great form, so expect a high-scoring clash between two sides whose bowling isn’t at the level they would want it to be. It will be an interesting to see which side can contain the explosive hitting better and come out on top in Mohali.
If Kings XI Punjab bat first
Predicted score: 170+
Hashim Amla is in sparkling form but there is a slight concern about his fitness and while Manan Vohra scored a brilliant 95 against SRH earlier in the season, he doesn’t done much of note apart from that. The major concern is the form of Shaun Marsh, who hasn’t lived up to his lofty standards so far.
This will be the first match at Mohali this season and while the nature of the surface isn’t obvious, the pitch is usually good for batting providing just a hint of help early for bowlers. And if there is one player who can exploit that it is Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
If Sunrisers Hyderabad bat first
Predicted score: 170+
Both Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson have been in good form as well but without the unwell Yuvraj Singh, SRH’s middle-order doesn’t look as strong. If the Indian all-rounder is fit, it will be a huge boost for the visitors who have struggled to finish the innings as they would have liked so far.
Deepak Hooda, who was in brilliant form during the domestic season has struggled to replicate that so far in IPL 2017 and Naman Ojha hasn’t always provided the final spark to finish the innings.
Here are the Points Table of IPL 2017: