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IPL 16th Match Preview: Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2018

Sunrisers Hyderabad travel to Mohali in a quest to overtake KKR and reclaim top position. They have been superb, and have marked themselves as one of the early favourites to take out the IPL 2018 title. Kings XI Punjab have also made a good start to IPL 2018, though not as good as SRH (especially when you get bowled out against RCB), but have won twice at home. This is another game that could go either way – the beauty of IPL 2018.

Kings XI Punjab’s addition of Chris Gayle, not only in the last game, but for such a low price in the IPL auction, was a masterstroke. After a shaky batting performance against RCB, it was pleasing to see KXIP’s top order in the runs, and they had enough in the tank to overcome CSK. However, they are not without concerns – Aaron Finch has made two golden ducks in a row, Yuvraj Singh continues to struggle, and the seamers can do a little better. Under the adventurous and wonderfully attacking captaincy of R Ashwin, expect these issues to be ironed out quickly.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have been awesome. The IPL is widely known for such brilliant stroke making and big hits, but SRH’s success has been led by their bowlers. They boast the most complete attack in the league at the moment, helped by the addition of Shakib Al Hasan, who has delivered very handy overs throughout the innings. Shakib, as well as Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake and Siddarth Kaul represents a challenging night for KXIP’s batting, looking to keep the momentum going.

Key to a Kings XI Punjab win

KL Rahul and Chris Gayle represent an awesome and brutal opening pair for KXIP. The battle 
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between those two and the SRH bowling attack promises to be an absolute beauty. They need to get going, considering the question marks evident in the middle order.
However, KXIP can’t be relying only on Gayle and Rahul. Mayank Agarwal showed good touch against CSK, and will be wanting to build on it, and so too Karun Nair, who has been in the runs so far.  Against an attack as good as SRH at the moment, you can’t afford to have any liabilities building pressure on others – if Aaron Finch and Yuvraj both play, they’ll need to contribute however they can.
No team has scored 150 against SRH yet. If they can force SRH’s batsmen to chase a big score, KXIP will fancy their chances. A complete batting performance, first and foremost, is required. 

Key to a Sunrisers Hyderabad win

Can SRH expose the KXIP middle order?
If SRH can remove KXIP’s top two or three within the first six overs, I love their chances. They have the armoury to expose an unsure middle order, with both dot ball pressure and wickets. SRH love Mohali – they have won four out of four there, and if their bowling and fielding clicks once again, they could be on the way to four wins out of four in IPL 2018.

Predicted teams:

Kings XI Punjab XI: 1. KL Rahul (wk), 2. Chris Gayle, 3. Mayank Agarwal, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Aaron Finch, 6. Karun Nair, 7. Barinder Sran, 8. R Ashwin (c), 9. Andrew Tye, 10. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 11. Mohit Sharma
Sunrisers Hyderabad XI: 1. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Yusuf Pathan, 7. Shakib Al Hasan, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Billy Stanlake, 11. Siddarth Kaul

Stats and Facts:

  • Head-to-head: Matches 10, KXIP: 2, SRH: 8. At Mohali, it is 4-0 to SRH.
  • SRH’s economy rate is an amazing 6.83, and concede a boundary only on 52.7% of deliveries, both the best of IPL 2018 so far.
  • Shakib Al Hasan needs just one wicket to reach 300 wickets in T20s.
  • KXIP have the best run rate in the powerplay this season. Can’t wait for the battle against SRH’s attack.
  • Rashid Khan in all T20s since start of 2017: 99 wickets in 69 matches (econ. 5.60).

Prediction:

Promises to be a great battle, especially between KXIP’s batting and SRH’s bowling. With SRH’s magnificent bowling so far, and KXIP’s slightly inconsistent performances to date, I will go with SRH to make it 4/4 in IPL 2018.
Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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