In this season Of Indian Premier League(IPL) the play off’s time has been intensified as a final week is going on as so far only Chennai Super Kings(CSK) have successfully managed to qualify and entered into the play offs and other three sots were still open. Sun Risers Hyderabad(SRH) and Kings XI Punjab are one step closer to a top-four spot and it will also become very tough for the loser of this game.
Sun Risers Hyderabad will face Kings XI Punjab for Match 48, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad in VIVO IPL 2019.
Sun Risers Hyderabad will have somehow put themselves in this situation and they started season superbly and thanks to some brilliant batting opening duo David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. The middle order became somewhat over-reliant on them and the same problem has been hunting them.
They were looking for the improvement in the middle order to post a big total only for the middle order as they have faced the same problem with Rajasthan Royals and the need to rectify it as soon as possible as this match will decide about the qualification to playoffs.
The second half of Kings XI Punjab is same as the last year and they looked exceptional in the first half and have tapered off as the tournament has progressed playing in front of the Hyderabad will not easy for them at all and defeating SRH is tough.
Sun Risers did not play to their potential in the previous game and they are likely to keep their faith in the same players and they need power hitter down the order and might get tempted to play Yusuf Pathan. But with the slow pitch offer the current combination looks good for them and Manish Pandey is back in form with the middle order woes.
Kings XI Punjab has bee most unpredictable terms in team selection of this year but they are struggling big time with the business end of the league stage approaching fast. Punjab can’t afford to do any experiments now and Sam Curran is likely to make a comeback in this game.
The probable eleven players for Sunrisers Hyderabad was David Warner, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed.
The probable eleven players for Kings XI Punjab was Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Mandeep Singh, Ravi Ashwin (c), Sam Curran, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami.