Test of character for Kings XI Punjab against Sunrisers Hyderabad


Confident after back-to-back wins, Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to continue their winning form when they take on an underperforming Kings XI Punjab at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, their home ground, in the second match of the day on Saturday. With two wins, SRH have somewhat got back their campaign back on track, while KXIP have slumped to the bottom of the table with three losses.

After losing two games in a row, SRH set their house in order and registered two wins with huge margins – first defeating Mumbai Indians by seven wickets and then taming Gujarat Lions with 10 wickets. Since the inception of the IPL, a 10-wicket win has only occurred eight times. Kings XI are in desperate need of a win here, but against a resurgent SRH, it won’t come easy.

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date: April 23, 2016
Time: 20:00 IST
Weather: A hot day with temperature hovering around 43 degrees Celsius

Team News

Sunrisers Hyderabad

SRH won’t want to tinker with their Playing XI that won them back-to-back matches. Barinder Sran has performed remarkably well in the absence of Ashish Nehra. However, it remains to be seen whether Nehra, who is likely to return for this fixture, is able to reclaim his place. With Sran bowling well, Nehra may just be asked to take some time off to fully get back to his fitness. No word is out on Yuvraj Singh yet so there may still be time before the left-hander played his first match of IPL 9.

Probable XI: 1 David Warner (C), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Moises Henriques, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Aditya Tare, 7 Naman Ojha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Bipul Sharma, Barinder Sran/Ashish Nehra

Kings XI Punjab:

Problems are plenty for Kings XI. If they stick with the same side, it’ll require them dramatic improvement. After they failed to read the pitch right in the previous match, the addition of an extra spinner may not harm them. One of the three medium-pacers will need to make way for either a batsman or a spinner. Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Rishi Dhawan are waiting in the wings and bringing either of them shouldn’t harm their cause.

 Probable XI: 1 Murali Vijay, 2 Manan Vohra, 3 David Miller (C), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Pardeep Sahu, 10 Mohit Sharma/, 11 Sandeep Sharma.

 “Mood in the camp is very good. We are trying to remain positive at all times, win or lose. We have had one and half days off. Good to be in Hyderabad. The boys are ready.” – David Miller is upbeat despite a woeful campaign.”I am hitting the ball well today and might not the next day. If we can keep chasing totals like this, we will go a long way in the tournament.” – David Warner is keen on continuing the side’s good run.

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