HEAD-TO-HEAD All-time meetings: Kings XI Punjab W2, Sunrisers Hyderabad W8
KINGS XI PUNJAB
Coach: Brad Hodge
Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
Kings XI are coming off another thrilling match, this time against Chennai as after posting a sizeable 197/7, the Kings XI were just able to hold on and clinch a narrow 4 run victory.
Chris Gayle was left out of the first two matches but he returned to the team in emphatic fashion as he smashed 63 from just 33 deliveries as the IPL’s all-time leading run scorer and he will be keen to continue that impressive form.
Although they came away with a win, Brad Hodge will have a few concerns however as the bowling unit has yet to take more than 7 wickets in an innings and aside from Ravi Ashwin were all quite expensive. This could potentially see a change with Akshar Patel currently outside of the XI. The other concern is the form of Australian big-hitter Aaron Finch as remarkably, Finch has been dismissed first ball in his two matches for the tournament after arriving late following his wedding but he is however likely to keep his spot for now.
Coach: Tom Moody
Captain: Kane Williamson
The tournament is panning out nicely for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they come off a victory against KKR which leaves them the only team undefeated so far in IPL 2018. KKR were restricted to 138/8, a total chased down easily by the Sunrisers batsmen.
Unlike their next opponents, the Sunrisers bowling unit has been extremely impressive so far this tournament. Whilst they have taken at least 8 wickets in each match, they are yet to concede over 150 for any single innings, a remarkable effort by a unit that is gelling together extremely well.
After yet another good performance and the outstanding performances in all facets of the game, expect an unchanged line-up for the Sunrisers.
Kings XI have now been involved in three close matches and come away with two victories though the search for consistency continues for Brad Hodge’s men and this looms as their hardest match-up to date. In order to be able to match it with Hyderabad, players such as Aaron Finch simply must fire and add some stability to a weak middle order. The Kings XI bowling unit must also bring their A-game to ensure they are not blown out of the water having only beaten Sunrisers twice from ten meetings.
For the Sunrisers, keeping things the way they are will be paramount and their good form against the Kings XI should continue with this fixture.
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