Punjab v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Punjab May 10, 2013

Sunrisers look to keep fragile hopes alive


Match facts

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 IST)

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It's one of the quirks of sport. As the league stage of the IPL draws to a close, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab play a match that's as good as a final for them. The winner of the match might put an end to the other team's campaign. Both teams can theoretically make it to the top four, but Sunrisers, fifth on the table with 14 points, have a better chance of doing so given their four-point lead over sixth-placed Kings XI.

Sunrisers remaining matches, after this one, include one away game against Mumbai Indians and two home games against Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. It's not as tough a draw as some of the other teams but a loss here would make every match a virtual knockout for Sunrisers.

They have had only one blemish in their home record - the 77-run thrashing that Chennai Super Kings handed them - but with only two wins in four matches, their away record is a concern. A lot will ride on how well their bowlers can contain the aggressive Kings XI batsmen with their batting still being a weak link.

Kings XI are already in a knockout-like situation after their loss to Royals on Thursday. They squandered a solid start and erred by not sending Miller up the order when Gilchrist fell in the 14th over. From 74 for 1 in the 10th over, they could only add 71 in the next 10 overs. A performance on those lines might well bring an end to their campaign.

Form guide

Kings XI Punjab LWLLL
Sunrisers Hyderabad LWWLL

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Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra have led the Sunrisers attack this season. Between them, they have 29 wickets this season and while Steyn has been effective against the opposition top order, Mishra has managed to strike regularly throughout the innings.

His knock of 42 after three games on the bench showed glimpses of form that Adam Gilchrist will desperately need if he plays and opens the innings against Sunrisers. Against the pace of Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma, Gilchrist will have to get some momentum going and build a platform for the big-hitters from his team to take charge.

Stats and trivia

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad are the only side where a batsman has yet to score 200 runs in this season. Hanuma Vihari is the leading run-scorer with 169 runs from 12 games.
  • Adam Gilchrist has been involved in two of the highest partnerships for Kings XI. He shared a stand of 206 with Shaun Marsh in 2011 and was involved in a 136-run partnership with Paul Valthaty the same season


"With these scenarios come some sort of calmness, we know what we have to do, we don't need to look at other results and how they go and we just got to do what we have to do."
Kings XI captain Adam Gilchrist is pragmatic about what his team needs to do to qualify

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    What a game today both teams must and win, to keep their hopes to play off, who will win today they will send other team to home.. fully we can enjoy the match i'm suppoting both the teams... who will play good cricket they will win now..

  • Manu on May 11, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Miller is the man that SRH should target this match for.. If Miller is taken at the beginning they can survive. For Punjab its the "Steyn Remover" the man to avoid. Play safe be safe should be Punjab's motto to win this Match of death.

  • Prathan on May 11, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Hey really interesting match.. Who will win they can keep hope for play offs...!

  • Its on May 11, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    If Sanga really puts the team interest above his personal interests he should sit out of this match. In fact he can go home and practice for champion's trophy as he had enough chances. White though is poor form himself should replace him, White is an impact player and could play the big shots at the end, he also won them the match which went into the super over. So he deserves a chance.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    I think Kings Xi will spoil the chances of SRH because SRH batting is very weak and I wonder Sagakarra can bring any spirit to this team at all. Shikar Dhawan fails with bat then it is all over for this team, so soon SRH will come to bottom half teams if they do not win this game.

  • RAVINDER on May 11, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    KXIP paid the price against RR by preparing slow track when they had better stroke players than RR. Both Miller and Marsh could not hit due to slow track and did not capitalize in the last 7 overs after they were 100 for 1 in 13 over. they also lost to CSK (home match) after KXIP were in similar position. And count two matches against MI and CSK (away macth) which were very close duw to Miller's heroics. So for KXIP it seems things are so near yet so far and may be 4rth year running they are going to miss the last four just by a whisker. They xan reverse it if they buy 2-3 good Indian batsmen like Yuvi,Robin,Karthink Indian bowlers like Bhajji and foreign all rounder like Stuart Broad,Duminy,Sammy etc.

  • Nuwan on May 11, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @ shley Brackstone, How can you sit Thisara on the Bench.

  • Ali on May 11, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Kings XI: Gilchrist, Mandeep, Marsh, Hussey, Miller, Vohra, Satish, Chawla, Praveen, Awana, Bipul. |VS| SunRisers: Parthiv, Dhawan, Vihari, Perera, Sammy, McCullum, Ashish, Mishra, Steyn, Ishant, Karan. Gilchrist looks like he's found his form back and playing at home too should give him a boost. Sanga for Nathan McCullum who can take wickets and hit biggies at the end of the innings. Sammy should captain SRH.

  • deepu on May 11, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    i think sanga has got enough chances to be in team ...but he has'nt done well...,,, i think its better to bring a new foreign player may be nathan maccullum, lynn,duminy,mckay... and make sammy the captain becoz he has been the captain of westindies which won the world cup of t20 ....... athen team may be a little better than what it is now ...

  • Narabavi on May 11, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Though he is in a lean patch, I prefer Sanga over White/ De Cock for this match mainly because of his experience & very good record in Mohali (he played 3 full seasons there).