Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 18, 2013

Escape artists ready for more hide-and-seek

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Match facts

April 19, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

This is not Indian Premier League. This is Indian Pirates League. At least with these two teams. On back-to-back days leading into this match, these two teams have pulled off matches they had hardly any right winning.

Kings XI Punjab came back from 99 for 7, and then from a point where the opposition needed 47 from seven overs with eight wickets in hand. Kings XI might want to lay claims to being respectable escape artists, but they are up against the Emperors of Escape. Apart from winning a Super Over against the might of Chris Gayle, Sunrisers Hyderabad have defended two sub-130 totals already, and are placed joint-second on the points table. The second of those defences came after Pune Warriors had reached 101 for 4 chasing 120.

These are also two teams led by legendary wicketkeeper-batsmen. One of them, Kumar Sangakkara, had had enough of his struggles with the bat, and sat himself out of the Sunrisers' last match. Quinton de Kock, Sangakkara's replacement, managed only two runs, but he will consider it harsh if he is dropped after just one showing.

Quite similarly to Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist has managed just 31 runs in four innings, but he has been exceptional behind the stumps. Struggling overseas captains have been a matter of debate in this first quarter of the competition, especially with the crucial spot they block should they not perform, and Gilchrist will surely be under pressure to consider and keep his place.

Players to watch

This match will feature two of the best legspinners in India, Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla. Mishra has right to feel aggrieved with Chawla often being preferred to him by the selectors. With superb performances in the season so far, including the match-winning hat-trick in the last match, Mishra is proving yet another point to the selectors. This will be a juicy little contest between the two leggies.

Stats and Trivia

  • Amit Mishra is the only person to have taken three Twenty20 hat-tricks.
  • With 131 wickets at an average of 18.76 and an economy rate of 6.82, Mishra is the second-most successful legspinner in Twenty20 cricket, behind Shahid Afridi. Piyush Chawla is the only other legspinner to have taken 100 wickets - 103 at an average of 26.97 going at 7.44 to an over.

Quotes

"You take the confidence because they're the champions and to beat the best side of last year is important. But it's a long tournament, so you don't dwell in the past too much; you take the confidence from the wins, knowing that you've still got a lot of work to do. It's always about the next match."
Darren Lehmann, the Kings XI Punjab coach on the win against Kolkata Knight Riders

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    It would be unfair to drop De kock after just one game especially after his terrific form back home in South Africa, need to give him two more games, i would like Sammy to play but instead of whom is the question, Perera and Steyn are automatic choices, De kock should be given two more games, that leaves white's slot open, but since he is already their second skipper in this tournament i wouldn't want to drop him and bring in a third skipper when the tournament hasn't even crossed half way, if white fails in the next two games then Sammy can be brought in i believe!!

  • kevepere on April 19, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    It's the seventh match would dhawan return? certainly they need him , but they have won without him. Some of the the things work as some luck for SRH despite poor batting in almost every match . Last match Samantray played well , he was the highest scorer 37 runs with one six. The team should be,1. Dhawan 2. DeCock(if DeCock fails in another 2 matches better to add sanga, then white or sammy at no4) 3. Akshath Reddy 4. Sanga/White (who ever is better suited) 5. Samantray 6. Perera 7. Patel 8. Mishra 9. V.sharma 10. Steyn 11. Ishant. I wish SRH could play like RR . Good platform from the openers . If SRH could score 140-150 range as an average. Other teams would find it really tough.

  • on April 18, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    I think the best lineup for SRH would be 1.Dhawan, 2.De Kock, 3.Akshath Reddy, 4.Perera, 5.White, 6.Ashish Reddy, 7.Mishra, 8.Steyn, 9.Ishant & include or switch patel/rajan/biplap/k. sharma/etc depending on what is needed. I think its better to have akshath in team over vihari because in 6 matches he scored 78 with high score of 44* @ 82.97SR. Without not outs 78 - 44 = 34 /5 = 6.8 runs a match. Compared with akshath at 63 -27(HS) = 36 /3 = 12 runs a match @ 90SR. Reddy also showed aggressiveness while at crease also while vihari is better suited for test matches. I also think it is time to release sanga from the team, just like christ he just hasnt worked out & isnt that good a t20 player(never crossed 400 runs in any ipl in 5 years). This year 5 of 6 games SRH posted score of below 130! The team needs players to score runs & I think de kock will prove more valuable.

  • on April 19, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Sanga is the Man of Honour...He is good captain... I wanna c Dhawan, Sammy, Sanga in SRH... when these players together...there will be no stop for SRH

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 19, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @Narbavi: You see Sanga and Sehwag have different styles,great gentlemen and both ooze claasy. Sanga scored 195 on a 5th day green pitch against the likes of lee,johnson,clark on the 4th innings chasing 400 . He was unlucky to be given out when the ball went off the shoulder. Sanga avgs. +75 against pakistan. Remember his 199* against the likes of ajmal,rehman, junaid,hafeez on a spitting and raging turner(galle). Sehwag once they figured out his technique is on the decline( Lack of feet movement, poor hand-eye coordination).Sanga seems to improve with his age. He scored 100 at durban against steyn and co which gave SL their first SA Victory.

  • Sanga007 on April 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    lol! who is the better asian batsman in aus and southafrican conditions.it is sanga.he is a world class cricketer.non of the dhonis or shewags have scored more centuries in aus conditions.it is sanga.a man to honor.he is a honor to to asia and honor to the game.dhoni may hit 5 sixes in 6 balls.but he struggles in aus eng sa conditions.

  • qpsk123 on April 19, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Why the hell this much talk about Sanga's batting in IPL. Sanga is a great batsmen in any format of the cricket. He just can not slog as others do in T20. Sri lankan T20 side is balanced around him, because there are plenty of big hitters. This sunrises do not have big hitters or any other batsmen. Even with or without Sanga they will fail for sure. They should go ahead and get some other batsmen to bat around Sanga. Thats the truth. not his batting ability. Go ahead and check his numbers.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: LOL, Sanga doesn't average above 50 outside home, you got it wrong there, Sehwag scored a 100 on debut in SA, scored 195 in melbourne, 158* in adelaide, a 100 in england too, he has won more tests for india than what your legends have won for you, Mahela is the biggest flat track bully since his overseas record is awful!!

  • neelu07 on April 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I want Darren Sammy to be given chance in SRH to have a stability in lower order batting and bowling also he is a wicket taker i am waiting for his participation which gives good encouragement and morale boost for the team remember he has led west indies to a t20 victory......

  • gopal_from_Ratanpura on April 19, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Who is saying sanga is outside worse than kambli???/

    Man u dont know in Aus sanga is the batsman who is having max hundred than many indian greats.and Sanga is the only person from Asia to hold lots of time world best batsmanranking in test.

    And man for knowledge Sanga is having average of 58 in test more than alive legent of test. Dont campare with yuvi or other batsman.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    It would be unfair to drop De kock after just one game especially after his terrific form back home in South Africa, need to give him two more games, i would like Sammy to play but instead of whom is the question, Perera and Steyn are automatic choices, De kock should be given two more games, that leaves white's slot open, but since he is already their second skipper in this tournament i wouldn't want to drop him and bring in a third skipper when the tournament hasn't even crossed half way, if white fails in the next two games then Sammy can be brought in i believe!!

  • kevepere on April 19, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    It's the seventh match would dhawan return? certainly they need him , but they have won without him. Some of the the things work as some luck for SRH despite poor batting in almost every match . Last match Samantray played well , he was the highest scorer 37 runs with one six. The team should be,1. Dhawan 2. DeCock(if DeCock fails in another 2 matches better to add sanga, then white or sammy at no4) 3. Akshath Reddy 4. Sanga/White (who ever is better suited) 5. Samantray 6. Perera 7. Patel 8. Mishra 9. V.sharma 10. Steyn 11. Ishant. I wish SRH could play like RR . Good platform from the openers . If SRH could score 140-150 range as an average. Other teams would find it really tough.

  • on April 18, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    I think the best lineup for SRH would be 1.Dhawan, 2.De Kock, 3.Akshath Reddy, 4.Perera, 5.White, 6.Ashish Reddy, 7.Mishra, 8.Steyn, 9.Ishant & include or switch patel/rajan/biplap/k. sharma/etc depending on what is needed. I think its better to have akshath in team over vihari because in 6 matches he scored 78 with high score of 44* @ 82.97SR. Without not outs 78 - 44 = 34 /5 = 6.8 runs a match. Compared with akshath at 63 -27(HS) = 36 /3 = 12 runs a match @ 90SR. Reddy also showed aggressiveness while at crease also while vihari is better suited for test matches. I also think it is time to release sanga from the team, just like christ he just hasnt worked out & isnt that good a t20 player(never crossed 400 runs in any ipl in 5 years). This year 5 of 6 games SRH posted score of below 130! The team needs players to score runs & I think de kock will prove more valuable.

  • on April 19, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Sanga is the Man of Honour...He is good captain... I wanna c Dhawan, Sammy, Sanga in SRH... when these players together...there will be no stop for SRH

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 19, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @Narbavi: You see Sanga and Sehwag have different styles,great gentlemen and both ooze claasy. Sanga scored 195 on a 5th day green pitch against the likes of lee,johnson,clark on the 4th innings chasing 400 . He was unlucky to be given out when the ball went off the shoulder. Sanga avgs. +75 against pakistan. Remember his 199* against the likes of ajmal,rehman, junaid,hafeez on a spitting and raging turner(galle). Sehwag once they figured out his technique is on the decline( Lack of feet movement, poor hand-eye coordination).Sanga seems to improve with his age. He scored 100 at durban against steyn and co which gave SL their first SA Victory.

  • Sanga007 on April 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    lol! who is the better asian batsman in aus and southafrican conditions.it is sanga.he is a world class cricketer.non of the dhonis or shewags have scored more centuries in aus conditions.it is sanga.a man to honor.he is a honor to to asia and honor to the game.dhoni may hit 5 sixes in 6 balls.but he struggles in aus eng sa conditions.

  • qpsk123 on April 19, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Why the hell this much talk about Sanga's batting in IPL. Sanga is a great batsmen in any format of the cricket. He just can not slog as others do in T20. Sri lankan T20 side is balanced around him, because there are plenty of big hitters. This sunrises do not have big hitters or any other batsmen. Even with or without Sanga they will fail for sure. They should go ahead and get some other batsmen to bat around Sanga. Thats the truth. not his batting ability. Go ahead and check his numbers.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: LOL, Sanga doesn't average above 50 outside home, you got it wrong there, Sehwag scored a 100 on debut in SA, scored 195 in melbourne, 158* in adelaide, a 100 in england too, he has won more tests for india than what your legends have won for you, Mahela is the biggest flat track bully since his overseas record is awful!!

  • neelu07 on April 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I want Darren Sammy to be given chance in SRH to have a stability in lower order batting and bowling also he is a wicket taker i am waiting for his participation which gives good encouragement and morale boost for the team remember he has led west indies to a t20 victory......

  • gopal_from_Ratanpura on April 19, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Who is saying sanga is outside worse than kambli???/

    Man u dont know in Aus sanga is the batsman who is having max hundred than many indian greats.and Sanga is the only person from Asia to hold lots of time world best batsmanranking in test.

    And man for knowledge Sanga is having average of 58 in test more than alive legent of test. Dont campare with yuvi or other batsman.

  • on April 19, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Defficult to understand as to why Amith Mishra has no been selected for the Indian team, is it politics. He would be an utility player for the team. He can bat also. Request to the selectors to consider his inclusion in the team.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @musthaque.m: You got it wrong brother, i never underestimated sanga, he is still a very good batsman in all 3 forms of the game, but my point regarding de kock was different!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 19, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    @gsingh7 ; Your Sehwag is the one n only flat track bully in the world. lol FYI , Sanga averages 50+ in both home n away. So what are you talking about ? lol Sanga is not only a legendary cricketer but also an ambassador of the game. None of your players has ever been honored by the Cricket world like Sanga. lol He is the youngest person to deliver the Cowdrey lecture, to start with. LOL

  • musthaque.m on April 19, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Sanga and mahela are coming low down the order, since the openers arnt performing well, they r under pressure, so these to batsmen shud open for there respective teams, mahela has a good record opening in 50 overs as well as T20,

    mahela,sanga and them are not the only players out of form, if so they must drop these players too ponting,white,gilchrist,warner,tiwary,pollard,parthiv patel,

  • on April 19, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    I love the title of this article, aptly describes the situation of both these teams.

  • musthaque.m on April 19, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Sanga dropped himself in the last match and he sed he will not play in the upcoming 2 matches too, his main idea was since he is not in form,he wanted de kock to perform, i think its a good idea, narbavi: that doesnt mean u need to underestimate sanga, he is still one of the best players in the world, there are good and bad times for everyone

  • class9ryan on April 19, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Playing de Kock on a pitch like Hyderabad is just same as making Ishant Sharma bat on the Waca . I would love giving him bouncier pitches like Mohali, Mumbai, Jaipur.

  • Harish_Sridhar on April 19, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Interesting match this. Huge opportunity for SRH to dominate the charts here - provided they learn their lessons.

    Throwing their wickets and praying they sneak through game after game will certainly NOT ensure top 4. However, their bowling strength should inspire them big time. If only they put another 20-30 runs by responsible batting, certainly they can consider top 4 ambitions seriously.

    KXIP are in a bit of up & down ride. They have played exceptionally well in patches; similar top order woes here as well.

    One feels both teams possess strong bowling options and the Captain who optimizes his bowlers well will win. IPL rocks!

  • on April 19, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    SRH , u r the second lovely team for me this year,1st of course is RR and ever will be.Bowling has seen SRH getting thru in crucial matches.Its high time the batsmen show some respect for themselves.Way to go SRH ...will love ur show tonight.

  • gsingh7 on April 19, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @baseball- outside sl , sanga is worse than vinod kambli. he have below average record outside sl. he is one of best flat track bully but on indian rank turners he came a cropper and dropped fron srh. yuvi is one of best players in the odi and t20's. he won india t20 wc in 2007 and wc in 2011. u need some objectivity.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 19, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy ; Yuvraj is neither good ODI batsman(avg 36.98) nor Test batsman (avg 33.92). Very medicore !!! So what were you even thinking bringing Yuvraj into a "Sanga" topic ? LOL. Btw who says Sanga isn't good at T20 or Twenty20 ? His strike rates are 120.94 and 126.29. Sanga is a far far far better T20/ Twenty20 player than players like Sachin who averages T20- 83.33 and Twenty20 - 121.73 . lol . So why don't talk about them before Sanga ???? lol

  • gopal_from_Ratanpura on April 19, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Sanga You must play in this game as well as in entire IPL .You are one of the legend of the game and You are far better than any one in this IPL.You will get your farm soon. plz do not drop yourself out. What de knock waste pis layer??

    My SRH 11 is Sanga,patel,vihari,reddy,white,perera,sharma,amit,styen,teza, Rajan

  • on April 19, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Sammy in place of De-Kock....and we can restrict Kings below 100

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 19, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    De Cock is being overated he's got talnt but no way I'd want him as 1 of 4 overseas especially when Dhawan is back ! Sammy and Perrera offer more to a T20 side and Steyn / White are automatic as bowler and batsman. Those would be my 4 first choice no question at all.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 19, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @Narbavi: Sammy's canny meduim pace? Sammy is in the mould of thissara perera, ashishreddy. His t20 batting stats are also poor. If you want canny meduim pace bowling why not go for anand rajan,veer pratap singh...(Whoose home ground is Hyderabad thus knowing the ptich better) who are not foreign players.Why do you want to lengthn SRH's tail by putting a irresponsible bat like sammy.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy: Hey bro, no use arguing with a guy who said that RR should use Perera in the team instead of watson, because he feels Watson is not good enough for t20 cricket

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: No dude, you are wrong, Kusal perera should replace Sangakkara, he is the best, he is better than Watson and now better than Sangakkara

  • on April 19, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    The major weaklink in Sunrisers Hyderabad are the local batsmen. They are not upto the scratch. The way forward for Hyderabad would be to get in VVS Laxman to bat. He should be told to open and bat till the end. If not anything he will surely score more runs than all the other Hyderabadi batsmen put together. Plus he will also surely bring in more crowds. And remember while announcing his retirement he had stated clearly that he was training to get back into the Indian team. So that means he is fit too. Surely he cannot fare more badly than Punter!

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 19, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks: LOL.. Dude we are in IPL, not in World Cup ODI. I am talking about IPL and not Worldcup. Yuvraj is an exceptional ODI batsmen, that doesn't mean that he is an excellent Test batsmen. Sanga is also like that. He is not suitable for T20 matches.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 19, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy ; Sangakkara, the man who led SL to 2 WC finals doesn't know how to change bowlers in some domestic Twenty20 match.??? LOL What are you dude ??

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    where is dhawan.....?? :(

  • Ravikiran_kothamasu on April 19, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    What happened to Darren Sammy ? Why is he not in Playing 11, Thats a real suprise to me

  • sudhirpandey21 on April 19, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    i want to know what happens to ishwar pandey.Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma.Nobody is talking about them their frenchies r not giving them chance while others who r not as good as they r getting chance.

  • srdoc on April 19, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Having been a prolific scorer in recently concluded Ram Slam T20 Challenge for Lions in SA; it is unfair to drop him after a single match. Don't expect miracles from Sangakkara. Baring one or two innings; he did not do any thing worthy of note for Deccan Chargers in IPL V. Now it boils down to captaincy. Certainly, it should be out of these two; White or Sammy. White was captain of Australia T20, and currently captains Victoria, and Darren Sammy who captains in all the three formats of the game for WI, has the distinction of having lead WI to world cup win. One of them should be at the helm for this formidable side with: 1. Akshat Reddy (Shikar Dhawan after he returns from injury) 2. Quitnton De Kock 3. White (as a captain; if he is playing) /Vihari/ Biplab Samatray 4. Parthiv Patel (wk). 5.Tisara Perera 6. Darren Sammy (as a captain; if White is not playing)/ Vihari/Biplab Samatray 7. Karn Sharma 8. Ashish Reddy 9. Amit Mishra 10. Dale Styen 11.Ishant Sharma

  • amorrodriguez82 on April 19, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    KXIP will start to fire when Gilly gets back in the groove. We also need to find the right balance in our team. Our Indian bowlers are all going well, Azhar is a quality player with bat and ball. Hussey is one of the leading T20 run getters. We just need Marsh to return to add some strength to the batting or Pomercbach/Miller to fire. I predict a win for the Lions today! Perera and Msiha to get smashed around the park.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: White is an aggressive captain, didn't you see his field settings when Amit bowled that over where he picked 4 wickets? And, look no one is doubting the class of sanga, he can change gears at will, he is a great batsman but he failed this time and dropped himself and brought in de kock, why just one game for that poor lad? should give him two more, and regarding sammy, people questioned only his test spot, how absurd of you to question his t20 spot, he is such an useful allrounder and really really useful in subcontinental tracks with his uncanny medium pace!! Hyderabad pitch is slow, he can make use of it!!

  • on April 19, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    De Kock should have given another chance to compare his form in India and SA. Can he play at NO. 3?

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 19, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: May the 2innings which Sanga has played are life time achievements. haha. SRH cannot wait till he gets those knocks again.Check the IPL Stats for Sanga, he never crossed 400 mark in any season.Only once he played quick runs vs Pune last year. apart from that nothing was there. he himself got dropped like this year. You said White have changed bowling after parera picking 2 wickets,but he kept him for the end overs.If Stayn picked 2wkts in first 2ovrs while defending, do you think its good to continue with stayn for complete 4 overs quota? No way, He should be there for end overs sply while defending. Parera is an excellent and exp bowler.If he is a young in-exp bowler and strikes then he can continue complete 4 overs.One more point probably you forgot that what Mishra has said at presentation ceremony, He said Cam White only told him to go for wickets and not to contend runs. Thats what the good captaincy is. In fact I would say Sanga doesnt know how to change bowlers

  • sreehk on April 19, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    SRH are Emperors of Escape!! Appreciate the way it is put. Yet they have won 4/6 games, so credit too for sticking around. Actually nothing much to comment or change about SRH, except for Dhawan's entry which may add some muscle to the skeleton. They don't have selection headaches, sanga or decock. Only and simple mantra for SRH is bowl better and field better. Bat better? I guess they wont discuss this in team meetings. But with KingsXI they got a better chance, should say even stevens. They need to try Sammy now for Sanga. Prediction: If it is a spongy wicket, SRH will win.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 19, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    @Narbavi , Mathews may be failing with the bat with his canny bowling he is very handy which is not the trend with others. His bowling style suits subcontinent pitches. The fact that he is bowling means you can play a extra batsmen and thus pune bat deep. White just won them only one match. But ever since he is on the decline. He wouldn't had scored a 50 if perera hadn't clicked that day.His aggression allowed white to pace himself. Similarly when sanga is batting no one else is being aggressive enough! because sanga usually attcks when innings is coming to the close like rohit sharma, MSD...etc.

  • Ravikiran_kothamasu on April 19, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I dont know why people are not considering Darren Sammy to be in the playing 11, He is one of the good AllRounders available for SRH, and i would recommend him in place of Sanga, my playing 11 would be 1.) Dhawan 2.)White 3.)Sammy 4.)Vihari 5.)Mishra 6.)Thishara Perera 7.)Ashish Reddy 8.)Steyn 9.)Ishant 10.) Karan Sharma 11.)Partive Patel

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 19, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    @Narbavi @IndianCoolGuy Sanga is aggresive enough. remember the 50 ball 93 and 20 ball 50 against indians? White a more aggresive captain? When perera was on fire dismissing both the openers and troubling smith what did cam white do? took him out of the attack! The credit should go to Mishra for the hattrick and the Pune batsmen ,not cam white.

    Some people want Darren Sammy to play. LOL. The Windies Fans wanted him to be thrown out of the team and those who watched the india-windies 2011 series will know how defensive a captain he is. Batting is a problem for SRH, With perera in the team why do you want sammy?

    M

  • Slesh on April 19, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I do think that its ok to play De Kock in this game too.then he can play 3 consecutive games.this match and chennai match is going to be very cruical for SRH.they need to move on now.not just by winning the games,but by having good run rate.if they can win today's game with a good run rate that will improve their NRR.if they beat chennai it will boos their moral.i do think steyn should be rested in this game and give that chance to Sammy.it will some more batting strength too .Samantray looked good.Sanga should play after the chennai match no matter how de kock have performed. thi would be the 11. 1.Dhawan 2.De Kock 3.White 4.Patel 5.K Sharma 6.Samantray 7.Perera 8.Sammy 9.Mishra 10.Reddy 11.Sharma

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @Siva_Bala75: Huss scored 65 off 50 which means he scored at a strike rate of 130, 60 off 60 would be disastrous for the team unless the pitch is very difficult to play your strokes on, Sanga is surely a world class batsman in any format, but for now he hasn't clicked in the ipl and he is doing the right thing by dropping himself, if others dont perform he should surely come back in to the side!!

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik : Didn't blame Sanga, just pointed out that White has had a better season than Sanga this time and its just De kock's first ever ipl game, and in your list why didn't you mention Matthews name?

  • Avi56 on April 19, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Quite Bold choice of Words for Escape Artists but i think the author is not saying wrong either.SRH certainly had escaped Thru..Just see how they tournament went till now 1. Pune - Low scoring but the only convincing win 2. RCB- with 7 required of the Last over they only scrape 6 runs. Should have one but got a lifeline super over- And stats says that out of the 4 Super Overs played till now ònly 1 is won batting second. Escape defeat. 3. RCB in Bangalore- Trashed with Several Balls to Spare 4.DD - Won a thriller after falling continously. It was the tailenders that mangae to just get thru with hardly balls to spare 5.KKR- Trashed by a Huge Margin. 6.PWI- Won only thanks to AMit Mishra who helped SRH recover from 44/7 and Also the over he got an hatrick against bowlers and not batsmen

    Now they are yet to face CSK , MI and RR which is the true test of their abitlity. They however win it but are not a true Champion Teams like RR and RCB who took their losses till the last ove

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 19, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Sanga should play- C'mon guys. let him play like Michael Hussey; score 60 off 60 and play the 20 overs. he can do this day in day out. he is getting out trying to score too quickly. Others can bat around him and score 80/90 in 10 overs. SRH will get 140-150 match after match and easily defend this. 8 out of 10 times, SRH will defend this. btw...I am a CSK supporter but like the spirit showed by this team.

  • Qa_ankit on April 19, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Two questions: 1.) Is Shaun Marsh ready. 2.) Is Dhawan ready. Are they ready to play today's game. Bcz if they are they will play. So that i can add them in my Fantasy Team. :)

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 19, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    I wonder here still there are some fans of Mr.Sanga and they want him to be in the playing 11. Please look at his stats for all the IPL seasons which he played. He is not an impact player of t20. Even though if he keeps wickets, its waste of one overseas player slot. De Kock should be given at least 2 chances. He looks very aggressive and SRH should have such person. Even if he fails Sammy or Duminy should be given a chance for not Mr.Sanga. He has enough chances last season and this season. Last season also he himself left out because he knows that there is no place for him if he is not a captain. White is an terrific captain and who said only sanga only can won SRH low scoring games? White is more aggressive than Sanga. I am eagerly waiting for Dhavan to return. 1)Dhavan and 2)De Kock should be a terrific opening pair followed by 3)Samantary/Vihari 4) white 5) Parera 6) A Reddy 7) Parthav 8)KV Sharma 9)Mishra10) Dale Stayn 11) Ishant.

  • Burrp on April 19, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    After a gap, it's a home game for SRH. SRH will create history if they win @ home as they did not achieve the feat of winning 3 matches consecutively in HYD in the past. I would prefer the same team which they played against PWI. If Sanga sits out today, I feel Sammy might have to sit out as well as the team don't want three captains in a single season. Poor Kock, he could not start well in his debut. He should play this game as well. What happened to Dhawan? When does he join the squad? He can make an impact.

  • RAJESRH on April 19, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    I think this is a crucial match for SRH, they need to win with good runrate. They have -0.220 of run rate, make it into +ve side. MY TEAM for today...... * Remove VIHARI give better chance to AKSHAT REDDY. * Keep SAMANTRAY & deCOCK. * STEYN- (its time to take rest for 1 match) for SANGAKKARA. * Steyn will come back in CSK match. * RAJAN in for Parthiv. * Local Players (Akshat+ Samantray) need to FIRE in batting.

    1.Akshat Reddy, 2.de Cock(Wk), 3.White, 4.Sangakkara(C), 5.Samantray, 6.Tishara Perera, 7.Karan Sharma, 8.Ashish Reddy, 9.Amit Mishra, 10.Anand Rajan, 11.Ishant Sharma.

    * 4 batsmen, 4 All-rounder & 3 Bowlers. (Of-course Mishra is also an all-rounder.) * 9 Batting optins+ 7 Bowling options. * Sanga + Samantray + Tishara= Better Middle Order. * and most importantly "You are the FIGHTERS till the last ball. It's the reason to RISE."

  • on April 19, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    @narbavi yup, its unfair to drop de kock after just a game. SRH needs an aggressive player at the top who can make use of the powerplay well and de kock is the perfect choice for that. when shikhar dhawan gets fit to play, they will form an explosive opening pair. The one which SRH badly needs. White shouldnt be dropped as he's the one who is a good middle order batsmen, yeah he failed in five innings so far but he can clear the rope with ease, better than sanga and sammy. White should be given few more games and hez a good captain too. Perera and steyn cant be touched as they are valuable. Sammy will get a game in chennai as perera wont play in that. SRH should play White at 3 as he needs few time to get settled.

    SRH team 1. patel 2. de kock 3. white 4. samantray 5. perera 6. vihari 7. mishra 8. ashish reddy 9. k sharma 10. steyn 11. ishant

    when shikhar gets fit 1. Shikhar 2. de kock 3. white 4. samantray 5. perera 6. patel 7. mishra 8. ashish reddy 9. k sharma 10. steyn 11. ishant

  • PaulBunyan on April 19, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Hi #SRH Buddies: Steyn, Parera, and White are untouchables. Which leaves Sanga to replace himself to bring in Sammy or DeKock. Now the question is who do we need the most, a proper batsman or an all rounder. Since we already have Parera and White as all rounders, I think the logic calls for DeKock to come in place of Sanga. I hope and pray DeKock can give us the start we desperately need. Also, all this is untili Shikar rejoins the team. We need the services of a good Indian batsman so very much.

  • on April 19, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @espnCricinfo: What do you actually mean by "Escape artists ready for more hide-and-seek" There are many games which were low total games and also won with the low totals. When Rajastan won the first IPL is it by luck or the team effort..? If people and editors are lloking for a individual contributers.. then cricket is not the right game.. please choose a different one. Many matches are won not by just an individual contributor.. it was a complete Team Effort.

  • on April 19, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Well, what I will do for Sunriser is - 1) Send Parthiv Patel two down batsman.(after six overs - he is getting out by pulling or unable to lift the ball far in power play) 2) Asish reddy will send in for Parthiv. He is hittting nicely sixes and lifting the ball nicely but giving catch in the boundary. He can take excellent power play advantage. 3) De kock will send other opener. We expect him to do Gayle for sunrisers. 4) Akshath reddy will come as one down, he is having strong ground strokes. He can stand for a while. Will not trough his wicket quickly.(see his records) 5) 3 down - White. 6) 4 down - Parera 7) 5 down - Mishra (promote him bit high, he is batting well so use him) 8) 6 down - Samtray (playing good but slow, if quick wickets fall send him up othewise send him down) 9) 7 down - Ravi Teja / (any other batsman) 10) 8 - styen and then tail end follows.

  • RAJESRH on April 19, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    I think this is a crucial match for SRH, they need to win with good runrate. They have -0.220 of run rate, make it into +ve side. MY TEAM for today...... * Remove VIHARI give better chance to AKSHAT REDDY. * Keep SAMANTRAY & deCOCK. * STEYN- (its time to take rest for 1 match) for SANGAKKARA. * Steyn will come back in CSK match. * RAJAN in for Parthiv. * Local Players (Akshat+ Samantray) need to FIRE in batting.

    1.Akshat Reddy, 2.de Cock(Wk), 3.White, 4.Sangakkara(C), 5.Samantray, 6.Tishara Perera, 7.Karan Sharma, 8.Ashish Reddy, 9.Amit Mishra, 10.Anand Rajan, 11.Ishant Sharma.

    * 4 batsmen, 4 All-rounder & 3 Bowlers. (Of-course Mishra is also an all-rounder.) * 9 Batting optins+ 7 Bowling options. * Sanga + Samantray + Tishara= Better Middle Order. * and most importantly "You are the FIGHTERS till the last ball. It's the reason to RISE."

  • on April 19, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    I think both Cameron White and Sanga must play.Cameron had a poor ipl as Sanga but they both expirience and two great captains.Go Risers Go

  • srkhan87 on April 19, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    De Kock will play the next match against chennai anyways. I think Sanga should get back to the lineup as he knows the Hyderabad pitch and Sunrisers need some resistance in the batting . My guess is it's going to be another low scoring match at Uppal , so we are better of with Sanga , Sammy , Perara, Steyn, Akshath,Biblab,Vihari,Mishra, Aashish,Ishant and Patel/Karun depends on if Sanga would like to keep wickets. Sammy also provides an extra option for bowling. Sanga can open with Akshath, with Vihari , Biplab to follow.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 19, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    @Narbavi Before you point at Sanga for his batting failures, Can you please analyse the contributions from Ponting, Gilchrist, D Hussey... and yet remain in the team. Sanga at least had guts for dropping himself. And look what his replacements did in the pune game. de Kock scores a weighty 2 and White a magnificent 0. You must realize these two went out to the meduim paced seamers which are the ones they should be targeting and it would be forgivable had they been dismissed by spinners(Pune has the most weak and inexperienced attack in the competition).

  • sudhirrao on April 19, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    I think this would be the Sunrisers Hyderabad XI for todays match

    De KOck Patel Vihari White Sammy Biplab AA Reddy Amit Mishra Karn Sharma Steyn Ishant Sharma IIf Dhawan is fit and available, Patel is out and De Kock keeps wickets

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 19, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Good to see Biplap Samantray performing, For God's Sake drop Patel! He is the worst keeper and very slow batsmen. Get Sanga as the keeper. Drop White, he is all at sea at spin bowling. Hope Dhawan gets a game today

  • on April 19, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    I think without Shaun Marsh Kings 11 Punjab are the worst team ....from wherever they should make him play to have consistency in their unfaithful batting line up ............

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @Ravindra Isuru Bandara: Atleast white won them the game in the super over and scored a 50 in their next game, what did Sanga do with the bat so far?

  • Vaskur79 on April 19, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Today Wonder Team Sunrisers Is Going To Loose The Match.

    It Is Time For Kings Xi Punjab To Fire On Both Bat N Ball.

    Adam Gilchrist Should Make A Chance For Shaun Marsh Coz He Is A Quality Batsman For T20.

    Kings Xi Just Need To Develop Their Batting Line Up.

    Hopefully This Will Be A Great Day For Kings Xi Punjab.

    Though I'm Da Supporter Of CSK.

    Go Punjab Go And Try To Make Place In Top FOUR.

    Best Of Luck Punjab For Today's Match.

    SURJO

  • on April 19, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Sanga must play instead of White today. Go risers...!!

  • on April 19, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    i think sanga must play today.......camaron white also had a poor ipl season so far......i like to see sanga replacing white.....at the sametime itz tim eto bring another all rounder to the team .....therfore bring sammy instead of de cock......sunries struggel with their i oppeners...i think sanga must opern today.....so far in this season when sanga came to bat he was under pressure...bcz evry match they had a poor satart...so sanga must play freely......if he can find the boundry several time during the povwerplay ,kings 11 will be under pressure througout the match...

  • Divakar on April 19, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    I think White is much better and attacking captain than sanga(with due respect) They can give a fair chance to de cock n if he fails then try sammy as by tht time dhawan might've back to fill the top order......tht's the way forward i feel for SRH

  • on April 19, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Problem here is White and Perera are sloggers that cant really play meaningful innings consistently and Sanga keeps trying ridiculous shots that get him out. Perhaps Sanga needs to look to play an anchor innings and stop trying to be a one-day hero.

  • sboyipl on April 18, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    sunrise & KXIP both team is same. Its hard to say who will won the game sunrise ahead there bowling line.kxip is batting line....

  • on April 18, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    sunrise need update there batting line.sammy is important player sunrise team.i hope come back sangakara .kings xi panjab need changing player.valtaty , marsh .150 run is possible win for panjab

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 18, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Really wanna see Darren Sammy get his first game tomorrow !

  • Allen.Arendtsz on April 18, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Sanga is a class act, i hope he comes back to form soon, coz the Sunrises need a good thinking Captian like Sanga Come on Sanga get back in the team and have another go!!!!!

  • Nampally on April 18, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @Jitu Guru & Sriki79: Thanks for the info. Why is the list of SRH squad not revised or updated. Duminy & Sammy are both shown in there.

  • Sriki79 on April 18, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @Nampally: FYI .. Duminy is not in India and with the camp. Also Gilly has no idea about the local talent of SRH as most of them(Vihari, Ashish, Akshath, Samantray) did not play under him.

  • beggars on April 18, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Teams with out star players who have retired from international cricket or not picked have done well so far. It has been a collective effort along with right combination to progress gradually and these two sides are strong contenders to make it to the top four. I am rooting for KIngs Xi punjab bcoz no other team on their day can beat opposition as Punjab can do or did previously.

  • on April 18, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Nampally, do some research before you post comment, duminy is injured and not available for this IPL, except ravi teja gillchrist doesn't know any other local talent in SRH team

  • Nampally on April 18, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    One correction to my earlier input. Kings Xi leg spinner is Chawla not Rahul Sharma who plays for PW. Apologies for my error.

  • on April 18, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    @Nampally, Rahul sharma is playing for PW piyush chawla is the legspinner playing for kings xi and Dumni is injured and not available for selection

  • SurlyCynic on April 18, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Hopefully Sanga continues to sit out as it was painful to see him fail 5 times in a row. De Kock needs at least a couple more chances, dropping someone after 1 T20 innings makes no sense, especially if they are an aggressive batsman. Last year Sanga failed so much he stepped down from the team so this year history is repeating itself.

    He used to be a legend of cricket, especially in flat SL pitches, but sadly he is not a T20 player (same as Ponting and Mahela).

  • on April 18, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Many are saying favourites are RCB, Chennai or Mumbai because of their world class batting attacks but they are forgetting the truth that Sunrisers are one of the best bowling attack this season or may be the best attack with likes of steyn, ishant, mishra, perera. I agree they are little bit weaker in their batting department but if dhawan comes in & any 2 of their 3 overseas players plays to their original game they might reach finals. Don't forget folks Tom Moody is their coach(he never leaves young players go wasted)

  • NBWinner on April 18, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Go Risers Go!! Play Sammy instead of Sanga

  • Nampally on April 18, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Kings XI is 2-2 in 4 matches whilst SRH is 4-2 in 6 matches. Kings XI has one dominant player in all rounder Mahmood + lot of local talent, who have contributed to their current record. Each side has effective leg spinners in Rahul Sharma & Mishra. The 2 captains on either side have not fired but are on the verge of bursting. Gilchrist had led Hyderabad Chargers to #1 status in IPL 2. So he knows the local RSH players. Yes both the sides are similar in nature - low scoring & trying to keep the opposition within their score. So really it is a battle of thrifty teams rather than escape artists. RSH should try to include all rounder Duminy who did well in the past. de Kock just for his batting cannot justify his spot. Sanga is needed back both for his batting & captaincy. White & Steyn should be other 2 foreign players. Local players were good in match vs. PW. There is room for one justifiable change in locals. It promises to be an interesting match with wily Captains!

  • Velly_jatt on April 18, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Kings XI will bring SRH to where they belong... Kings have very good team.... probably only team in IPL that depends on unknown strong Indian players and that is all what IPL is suppose to be about... If gilly fires along with Mandeep, Vohra and Mahmood... Sunrisers will be out of the game in no time... Looking forward to see Steyn vs Gilly though... should be interesting... and please someone tell SRH to change they jersey colour.... itz so depressing just like their batting order !!!! lol

  • ramonster on April 18, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Look forward to seeing two of the best wicketkeeping batsmen / Captains ever! I hope legends of the game will play. Either way, Go Gilly, Go Kings XI!!! This win is important.

  • hashanvish on April 18, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    wonder who' ll be the ultimate escape artist. D.chargers lost many of the games last season. scoring in exess of 170 still they werent able to escape. this time though even modest scores of 120 is enough for them to scroll through and secure the victory. hidrabadh didnt charge last season but this time though they are slowly but surely rising.

  • CricketAkshay on April 18, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    I am not interested in watching this match. However, I expect this to be a close match with Kings XI Punjab just edging out Sunrisers. Why I am saying it as a close contest is because both sides strength are similar. Bowling has been their strengths. But Kings XI batting looks far better than Sunrisers, and therefore Kings XI should win an intense encounter

  • kc69 on April 18, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Even though IPL is unpredictable when it comes to results.I feel SRH has the edge over Kings XI because of their top class bowling.Would love to see Shikhar Dhawan and Sanga back in playing 11.SRH has best changes in batting first and defending the total.Got to watch this match just for the best pace bowler in the world(Steyn).

  • on April 18, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Best of the BEST ENjoyable Preview I have read in this year ipl previews.May the best team win (HOPEFULLY IT IS SRH)!!!!

  • 504429641 on April 18, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    I like the title of the page 'escape artists ready for more hide-and-seek'. while KXIP are like escape artists, SRH are compared with emperor of escape. lol. Being a Hyderabadi, i want SRH to win but hoping for a good game between the two. May the best team wins; and definitely no hide-and-seek win this time for either team. They are enjoyable when u support winning team, but heartbreak when u support losing team. Expecting a good game.

  • 504429641 on April 18, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    I like the title of the page 'escape artists ready for more hide-and-seek'. while KXIP are like escape artists, SRH are compared with emperor of escape. lol. Being a Hyderabadi, i want SRH to win but hoping for a good game between the two. May the best team wins; and definitely no hide-and-seek win this time for either team. They are enjoyable when u support winning team, but heartbreak when u support losing team. Expecting a good game.

  • on April 18, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Best of the BEST ENjoyable Preview I have read in this year ipl previews.May the best team win (HOPEFULLY IT IS SRH)!!!!

  • kc69 on April 18, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Even though IPL is unpredictable when it comes to results.I feel SRH has the edge over Kings XI because of their top class bowling.Would love to see Shikhar Dhawan and Sanga back in playing 11.SRH has best changes in batting first and defending the total.Got to watch this match just for the best pace bowler in the world(Steyn).

  • CricketAkshay on April 18, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    I am not interested in watching this match. However, I expect this to be a close match with Kings XI Punjab just edging out Sunrisers. Why I am saying it as a close contest is because both sides strength are similar. Bowling has been their strengths. But Kings XI batting looks far better than Sunrisers, and therefore Kings XI should win an intense encounter

  • hashanvish on April 18, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    wonder who' ll be the ultimate escape artist. D.chargers lost many of the games last season. scoring in exess of 170 still they werent able to escape. this time though even modest scores of 120 is enough for them to scroll through and secure the victory. hidrabadh didnt charge last season but this time though they are slowly but surely rising.

  • ramonster on April 18, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Look forward to seeing two of the best wicketkeeping batsmen / Captains ever! I hope legends of the game will play. Either way, Go Gilly, Go Kings XI!!! This win is important.

  • Velly_jatt on April 18, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Kings XI will bring SRH to where they belong... Kings have very good team.... probably only team in IPL that depends on unknown strong Indian players and that is all what IPL is suppose to be about... If gilly fires along with Mandeep, Vohra and Mahmood... Sunrisers will be out of the game in no time... Looking forward to see Steyn vs Gilly though... should be interesting... and please someone tell SRH to change they jersey colour.... itz so depressing just like their batting order !!!! lol

  • Nampally on April 18, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Kings XI is 2-2 in 4 matches whilst SRH is 4-2 in 6 matches. Kings XI has one dominant player in all rounder Mahmood + lot of local talent, who have contributed to their current record. Each side has effective leg spinners in Rahul Sharma & Mishra. The 2 captains on either side have not fired but are on the verge of bursting. Gilchrist had led Hyderabad Chargers to #1 status in IPL 2. So he knows the local RSH players. Yes both the sides are similar in nature - low scoring & trying to keep the opposition within their score. So really it is a battle of thrifty teams rather than escape artists. RSH should try to include all rounder Duminy who did well in the past. de Kock just for his batting cannot justify his spot. Sanga is needed back both for his batting & captaincy. White & Steyn should be other 2 foreign players. Local players were good in match vs. PW. There is room for one justifiable change in locals. It promises to be an interesting match with wily Captains!

  • NBWinner on April 18, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Go Risers Go!! Play Sammy instead of Sanga

  • on April 18, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Many are saying favourites are RCB, Chennai or Mumbai because of their world class batting attacks but they are forgetting the truth that Sunrisers are one of the best bowling attack this season or may be the best attack with likes of steyn, ishant, mishra, perera. I agree they are little bit weaker in their batting department but if dhawan comes in & any 2 of their 3 overseas players plays to their original game they might reach finals. Don't forget folks Tom Moody is their coach(he never leaves young players go wasted)