Kings XI v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 21, 2014

Steyn and Co v Maxwell and Co


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Agarkar: Sunrisers' Indian batsmen have to chip in

Match facts

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Start time 1830 local (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Big Picture

Who will stop Kings XI Punjab? They chased 200-plus against Chennai Super Kings, then they hunted down 190-plus against Rajasthan Royals. And they did so with more than an over to spare both times. It has been basically the duo of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller who have done the damage; the others have either largely not clicked or have not been needed. They can't keep on delivering at such levels every time, and soon, the rest of the Punjab batting will be tested, if their bowlers continue to go for so many.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's attack - Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Karn Sharma, Darren Sammy - has the potential to test them more than their previous two opponents did. This group of bowlers set up several wins for their side last season in their run to the playoffs. However, even Sunrisers' attack could find it tough in Sharjah. The pitch for the Kings XI-Royals match was a belter without any help for the bowlers.

While Kings XI have plenty of firepower all across their middle order in the form of Maxwell, Miller and captain George Bailey, Sunrisers' batting appears lopsided, with most of the strength concentrated at the top in Aaron Finch, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan.

Watch out for

Glenn Maxwell's scores so far have been 95 off 43 and 89 off 45. After being named Man of the Match against Royals, he said he had left the job "half finished" and should have taken his team to the finish himself. He may overwhelmingly favour the square leg/midwicket region against spin, but he showed another facet of his game against Royals. With Dhawal Kulkarni bowling on the stumps to a leg-side field and no sweeper on the off, Maxwell opened the face to pick up boundaries through cover.

Amit Mishra has made legspin a wicket-taking asset in T20 without reducing it to quick-and-flat stuff. He lured several batsmen to their fall with big tossed up legbreaks in the recent World T20. He will be up against a man whose principal way of dealing with spinners is to slog-sweep them out of sight.

Stats and trivia

  • Glenn Maxwell's strike-rate of 160.34 is the second-highest among batsmen who have made at least 1000 career T20 runs

  • At 6.78, Amit Mishra's economy-rate is the worst for spinners with 150 or more career T20 wickets

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Glad SRH picked to field first, it will give the bowlers a good chance to do well rather than be under pressure trying to defend score of 145 or less. Too many times have SRH batsmen failed, team really needs to pick their players better. Glad irfan is on the team today, he is a better batsmen than guys like karan,venugopal,vihari. He is the 2nd best indian batsman on team after dhawan. Come on SRH!!

  • Cricinfouser on April 22, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    STEYN should come into the act when maxwell comes to the crease giving no time to settle.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Last time SRH managed with Two spinners and Two bowling all rounders apart from Ishanth and Stain. Irfan Patan must in as bowling all rounder Three pacers are not required they should look only two and select two batsman to make middle order strong. Irfan should replace Ishanth and Naman Ojha should replace Karan.

  • David on April 22, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    No matter how brilliantly Sunrisers' bowlers perform, the batsmen need to find form, and start doing their jobs and post runs, or the team will not succeed. If the batsmen continue to fail, and do not give the bowlers something to defend, they will drag the team down, and affect the bowlers' performances.

    There are capable batsmen to replace Dhawan, Warner & Finch. If these supposed superstars don't find form in this game, they should warm the bench. Dhawan's recent form has been appalling, & he was dropped from the I dian team too. His captaincy leaves much to be desired - it is clearly undewrwhelming.

    Brendan Taylor has proven to be both a very capable & explosive batsman, wicketkeeper and captain for Zimbabwe. If Dhawan, finch & Warner are not doing the job, Tayor should be given his chance. Finch & Warner's reputations and records will not post the needed runs. Time to walk the walk.

  • phalgun on April 22, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    For me SRH Xi should be in batting order: (1)dhawan (2)naman ojha(3)warner(4)finch((5)samy(6)irfan(7)styen(8)mishra(9)buvneshwer (10)ishant(11)karan sharma

  • Android on April 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    waiting for sehwag,maxwell batting.. what if they both stay on until the last ball. we may see 300+ runs if they both play for 20 overs

  • David on April 22, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    @ Posted by Cpt.Meanster wrote "@Meister Khan: Disagree with you 100%. Except for a couple of games, the tournament has been very enjoyable so far."

    Captain, I am in complete agreement with you. We should savour the moment, for as we both know, it is rare.

    May the 2014 IPL continue to produce fine cricket, batting, bowling and fielding.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    I am sure this game will go down to the wire! as ravi would say!

    It is gonna be inform Batting vs the best Bowling. SRH need to bring in N Ojha and Irfan Pathan for K Rahul and I Sharma. Venu Rao can play another game, Rasool needs to wait for Venu though. Good Luck to both the teams. May the best team win, may that team be SRH!

  • Nothing on April 22, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    haha , SRH stop not only max but also Killer miller too .

  • Peace on April 22, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    i was not understanding why Irfan patan was not being picked up by Indian selectors earlier, and now I am totally confused why even Hyd team is not picking Irfan. Such a mystery. He is a very talented Indian-all rounder and can be easily fit in the team. I was very happy when Sunraisers picked him but totally disappointed when he is not in the team.

    Indian hardly was able to found a genuine all rounder and not able to use him.

    Team can pick him as just a bowler or just a batsmen too. He is very experienced lower order batsmen.

    SunRaisers please pick him.

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