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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  • 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!!

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

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

  • 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.

  • Greatest_Game 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.

  • phalgunsirga 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

  • 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

  • Greatest_Game 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.

  • 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!

  • nothingnew on April 22, 2014, 12:50 GMT

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

  • IndianCoolGuy 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.

  • 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!!

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

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

  • 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.

  • Greatest_Game 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.

  • phalgunsirga 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

  • 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

  • Greatest_Game 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.

  • 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!

  • nothingnew on April 22, 2014, 12:50 GMT

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

  • IndianCoolGuy 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.

  • rajuramki on April 22, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Steyn is too wily a fox to get intimidated by Maxwell . You only have to ask Miller and he will tell you a thing or two about Steyn . If Maxwell throws caution to the winds and plays fancy strokes against Steyn , it will be at his own peril . By the end of the match,you will know who the master is .

  • fanaticabtcric on April 22, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    MAXwell mania is gripping IPL

  • Shahnawazkhantkd on April 22, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    HYD playing 11 (1)dhawan(2)warner(3)finch(4)v.rao (5)irfan/naman ojha(6)samy(7)styen(8)mishra(9)buvneshwer (10)ishant(11)karan sharma

  • BHAVIK2506 on April 22, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    The strategy of Punjab in sending players like Akshar patel / Wridhiman Saha ahead of Miller / Bailey is not understood. Players with good batting abilities should be given maximum time in the middle.

  • vipinchirackal on April 22, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    waiting for prasanth parameswaran to bowl for sun risers.he has got man of the match award in his first match itself when he played for the kerala tuskers

  • AltafPatel on April 22, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    This KXIIP is capable of chasing 200 plus score in all 16 matches of the tournament. Maxwell and Miller are hot blooded and eager to detonate as long as bat in hand.

  • on April 22, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    SRH need Irfan to strengthen the middle order. They also need Parvez Rasool to counter Miller. But I won't be surprised if they go unchanged.

  • on April 22, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    no words simply awesome batting Vs outplay bowling

  • on April 22, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    it is going to be a low scoring match today and PUJARA will be the Key today for Punjab who has best technique for moving balls of Bhuvi and fire of Steyn. innings will again be built around Pujara

  • AltafPatel on April 22, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    @die_hard_fan_of_delhi Bogus idea like that already cost DD yesterday when they put Duminy and Taylor at 5 and 6. We want entertainment, we want Bailey on the pitch and Pujara at either 7 or on birth.

  • on April 22, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    No words simply awesome batting Vs outplay bowling

  • vkumar_086 on April 22, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    I love very much this guy Maxwell, become fan with his kind of shots, proving why he is million dollar baby...the kind of form he is in now, it does not matter which bowler he is facing, one thing i appreciates very much that he is not hitting blindly every ball, picking up gaps and scored lot of boundaries in first match...in 2nd match, concentrated on weakness of bowling side and their fielding setup and targeted both....thanx god he did not explode against India in T20 WC....he is the only threat to Corey Anderson's fastest hundred in ODI's....eagerly waiting for another audacious hitting of maxwell....in RCB Vs KXIP match, gayle Vs Maxi....who will click? if both clicks in that match, then that day will be nightmare for bowlers

  • deadite11 on April 22, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Well, kings 11 had good couple of matches while chasing, with the duo's contribution, if they fails to make then whole team will crumble to low score. SRH has good pace attack, just two innings, maxwell isnt become great batsman. Still lot to go, RR and CSK has no superfast bowlers to stop him, and lets see rest of the matches for him. And he will be flopped after IPL shifts to India, there "Spin" attack will maul him.

  • on April 22, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    we want irfan in srh playing 11 What If I tell you the only Indian player with 1000+ runs & 75+ wickets is still on the bench would u believe it ? Justify SRH

  • die_hard_fan_of_delhi on April 22, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Eagerly waiting for this match.We hope Sehwag will fire today.requesting the people who are suggesting the batting line up changes for Punjab. please don't tell to replace Pujara for a fire batting power team we need to have a player like Pujara. We have already enough batting power for Punjab.

    My KXIP: Sehwag , Pujara , Maxwell , Miller, Bailey , Saha ,Rishi Dawan, Akshar , Jhonson, Murali Kartik, , Sandeep Sharma.

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    If Maxwell can hit Dale Steyn couple of blows the total SRH bowling will collapse...It will be Maxwel VS Steyn will cause the result...

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    I dont think Maxi will get a hattrick today, Today is the day of Veeru along with Bailey and Miller, Punjab will win for sure they just need is to bowl first.

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    I would love to see shewag batting at no.3, this is because as a opener is eyeing to clezr the fence in powerplays, even he scores 18 runs in one over , he wants plenty to b scored, coming at no.3 there will no pressure as a opener and can play defensiv Ly with bad ball being to b dispatched

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    SRH strength is always defending so if they could manage to score anything beyond 150 then its impossible for any team to chase it down and I could bet even KXIP won't for sure.

  • cricket_best on April 22, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    today is sehwag day...this old diamond will come in action today :)

  • sazzad-BD007 on April 22, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    a bit modification is required in bowling ... should bring in rishi dhawan and sandeep in place of kartik and bala in batting maxi nd miller is in red hot form with their ability we can expect them to deliver for the third time tonight and take my word Viru bomb is going to blast tonight and Punjab will complete the first hatric of the season by winning tonight

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    pace and bounce of steyn and swing of bhuvi, waiting eagerly to see punjab batsmen tattering

  • a0m0a7n on April 22, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    I would drop balaji and give sandeep sharma a chance.

    Sehwag, Pujara, Maxwell, Miller, Bailey, saha, Johnson, awana, dhawan, karthik and patel/mandeep.

    Bailey should give viru a chance to bowl!!! If we win this match I say we have a very good chance of progressing through to the play offs

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Will punjab win with out maxwell&miller

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    PUJARA, SEHWAG, MAXI, SAHA, MILLER, BAILEY, PATEL, JOHNSON, R-DHAWAN, KARTIK, SANDEEP SHARMA

    Pujara can be useful as he is the only person can stay for all 20 overs from one side, as Kings xi having all hitters, there may be a chance of collapse without him.

  • anton_ego on April 22, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Three changes I want in kxip are: Marsh in for Pujara, Rishi Dhawan in for Johnson and Sandeep Sharma in for Awana. That ll be the best 11 they can get at the moment considering the form Johnson is in.. He looks uninterested in T20.. Needs to be replaced.

  • leleraja on April 22, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Law of averages will start catching up on Maxwell soon. Good luck Sunrisers!!

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Not this time maxwell you can not deliver again

  • know_ur_game on April 22, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Replace Pujara with Mandeep and Balaji with Rishi Dhawan, KXIP are going to be unstoppable. Don't field players just because of number runs scored in another format of the game. Pujara was trying hard to adjust with the pace of the game. No point in saying "I am new to T20", come on man, you always have the aspiration for representing India in shorter formats. Not every can be Kohli, SRT or Ganguly.

  • soumyas on April 22, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    bowl him with more and more spin, try everything legspin, offspin, googly, doosra, carom ball, slow ball... Keep the fielders on lond on, deep midwicket always, keep a slip for a spinner always... without the proper plan to trap him, he is unstoppable.

  • jhovee on April 22, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    If KXIP Win today. they are in Playoff's for sure (just 5 in 11 needed)

  • natarsx on April 22, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Kings XI could be great chasers - Can they defend with this bowling? I doubt!! Whatever be the team SRH win the toss and field first

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    All of you are discussing about Playing XI. But it is very likely that the management decided to go with the same team. I wonder why that WK is being retained. Naman Ohja can do a better job as WK. Rahul only crossed over to make Finch dropping the catch of Rahane in match against RR. Such silly mistakes will not happen if Naman or Taylor is WK.

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Shawan: It is up to you to decide whether you should join Sehwag & Gouti; or Kohli! They are all your Delhi Ranji Team mates. Please decide fast!

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Looking forward to this match to see whether Steyn & Amit Mishra can contain Mad Max & Killer Miller! :-)

  • Iceman29 on April 22, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    @sunny1307: Kings XI is an one man army team with maxwell..,,cant depend on Miller too much in every match.. .did you just had a second look on the bowlers in your squad??..will see how long Kings XI team will survive in this tournament...

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 22, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster Not so sure about that. Don't get me wrong, they are bound to fail eventually, as in they won't come off in every match but Miller has already proved his worth in India during the last IPL and Maxwell thrashed India around during the Aussie tour in October. They shouldn't be troubled by the move to India.

  • MOZ RHINOS on April 22, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Guys what SRH has to do today, Bring in Naman Ohja as wicket keeper, drop karan sharma and in place bring parvez rasool, bring pathan in place of Venugopal rao.That will strengthen the batting and also bring varIety in bowling also. They can experiment dropping Ishant and bringing in Rasool.

    My playing xi and order dhawan,naman ohja, warner,pathan, finch, sammy, rasool, venu, amit mishra, bhuvi, steyn,

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Finch Dhawan Warner Ojha (WK) Rao Sammy Pathan Rasool Mishra Bhuvi Steyn

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    SRH is best teme.bolling side is best.

  • Ishfaqkhan.jk on April 22, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Try parviz rasool becoz he can bat also srh need batting rather then bowling. If u hav styen, ishant, buvi, mishra and shami then why nt rasool becoz he is an off spiner. I can't understant playing two leggies. Becoz varity in bowling is needed. Phatan don't know is sitting of bunch. Phatan is a good t20 allrounder. Naman is good also. My 11 today for srh.1 dhawan 2. Finch 3. Warner 4. Nahman 5. Rasool 6. Irfan 7. Sammy 8. Mishra 9. Styen 10 buhvi and 11 ishant. So u hav 7 4 batsman 3 allrounders and 4 g√łod bowlers

  • on April 22, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Punjab will face their test of the tournament today.Law of averages says either Maxwell or Miller will fail today.Hence the remaining batting order will be put to test. The chances of Sunrisers depend on their bowling performance to large extent because a powerful top order is not enough some times.

  • on April 22, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    my team for SRH: warner dhawan finch srikant rahul rasool sammy mishra stayn bhuvi karan sharma ......try rasool once

  • on April 22, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I think this selection best for today 1)A.Finch 2) S.Dhawan 3)N.Ojha 4)V.Rao 5)S.Anirudha 6)K.Sharma 7)D.Sammy 8)B.Kumar 9)D.steyn 10)J.Holder 11)A.Mishra

    Go SRH .. Give Your Best !! >>>BEST OF LUCK<<<

  • on April 22, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    You have to get Pathan and Naman Ojha in. Otherise even if the bowlers give away only 120, it will tough to chase. I agree with the selection, how did they not look at a strong middle order and bought Finch when Warner and Dhawan were already there

  • sunny1307 on April 22, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Punjab need to do 3 things.1-Since Johnson is leaking runs remove him and play an Indian bowler. 2-Play Manan Vohra instead of Pujara. 3-Play Thisara Perera instead of Johnson as he can bowl and will be an extra batsmen. Playing X1 should be as follows- 1.Sehwag 2.Vohra 3.Maxwell 4.Miller 5.Bailey 6.Perera 7.Saha 8.Rishi Dhawan 9.Balaji 10.Karthik 11.Sandeep. No one on the earth can beat this team

  • on April 22, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    If I'm not mistaken, doesn't Punjab have Thisara Perera? Put him in along with Maxwell and Miller, and the batting line up will then be truly devastating...

  • on April 22, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Doesn't matter who is bowling to Maxxi, as far far he's playing his shots grounds become graveyard for bowlers ;-)

  • sreehk on April 22, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    During auction SRH have picked neither foreign nor Indian batsmen for middle order. It baffles how the so called experts and strategists miss out on most crucial things. They can do nothing about it now except to tweak their line up as below:

    Warner, Dhawan, Ojha, Finch, Rahul, Sammy, Pathan, Mishra, Karn, Bhuvi, Steyn.

    Even this looks fragile, but better than the meaninglessly top heavy line up.

  • on April 22, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    i think the true opponent of Maxi is not Steyn BUT Amit Mishra

  • sreehk on April 22, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    SRH will rue their batting selections during auction. How mindlessly they did not buy a strong middle order which is so crucial for T20 given the pressures of run making. Really as a team SRH should not be blamed for this at all. But the people who were responsible at auction must be blamed. Because they have put the playing team under immense pressure in every game. How did the management think their middle order will cope up? Really shocking from Tom Moody, Srikanth, VVS and co. Nothing much they can do now. So SRH will have scrap for every win burning out their bowlers. The franchise did one big mistake that is not to buy any middle order batsmen. Now they deserve to suffer.

  • Miz911 on April 22, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Will Thisara Perera come in for Mitchell Johnson?????

  • jayaprakashVasanthakumar on April 22, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Interesting to see how Punjab will play aginst best bowling attack. Remember the same day Punjab chased down 205 against chennai, next match Rajasthan able to get the 130 plus runs in last over only. Also Interesting to see if Punjab batting first how will they defend the score. Because both the matches Punjab bowlers went for more runs. This will be a testing match for punjab

  • thestranger84 on April 22, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    The clash of Titans with SRH & KX1P having the most ferocious bowling & batting attack respectively.Wating for a mouthwatering clash.

  • lian_14 on April 22, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Everyone is speaking of Maxwell and Miller and rightly so. They have been superb.

    But if KXIP bat first, then I won't be surprised if Bailey has the biggest impact, especially if he's there from 17th over onwards and given the licence to go for it. The guy is as destructive as anyone when it comes to finishing off an innings in limited overs cricket.

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 22, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Must try today: Irfan in - drop Ishant or Bhuvi. Either today or in the near future: Naman Ojha for Rahul and Rasool for Karan Sharma

  • on April 22, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Punjab give chance to young guys Sandeep Sharma,Anureet Singh...They performed well in recent matches

  • PandemoniumBawa on April 22, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Punjab need to play Rishi Dhawan.. n they should not even think of bringing Kartik to the game.. I mean why, why did they even bother to bring back a guy who was no good in his prime either..

    They need an indian allrounder to play..Rishi Dhawan needs to play.. With Johnson and Dhawan, 2 bowling allrounders, it will give batting more depth..

    Johnson, Dhawan, Patel, Awana and Balaji.. Thats one too much.. Change Balaji for a batsman or change Awana and Balaji and bring a new bowlers.. n ask Maxwell to pitch in 4 overs, maybe asking a bit too much from him..

    And last, they need to change Saha with some local wicketkeeper.. Maybe Gurkeerat Mann, who has kept wickets occasionally..

  • on April 22, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Why is the tournament fixtures column showing Mohali instead of KXIP and Indian T20 League instead of IPL

  • on April 22, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Sun risers dont have depth in their batting ,theyy should drop ishanth sharma and play irfan pathan and drop venugopal rao and play srikanth annirudda as he is a gud t20 player,he has a few match winning cameos for csk and they should play naman ojha in place of lokesh rahul ,as naman ojha is a good t20 player.. This should be their team 1.Warner 2.Fich 3.Dhawan 4.Naman ojha 5.Srikanth annirudhha 6.Darren sammy 7.Irfan pathan 8.karan sharma 9.Bhuvi 10. steyn 11.Amit mishra. They have a good batting depth till karan sharma and having irfan pathan strengthens their batting. Sehwag should fire ,two seasons he is doing nothing,otherwise manan vohra should replace him..

  • Pardeepchandel92 on April 22, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Today that day have come when both hitters Maxwell and miller maybe would be tested by the best bowling attack.. This match will tell us that can both players play against likes dale steyn bowlers????

  • on April 22, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    Will the fiery reputation of the pair of "Mad Max" and "Killer Miller" be "Steyned", today? If Steyn can't do, will Amit Mishra be the David to slay the Goliaths?

  • on April 22, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    I think punjab have been over dependent on maxwell and miller as rcb have been on gayle in previous edition. They cannot become champions unless their bowlers comes to the party. Also sehwag has to play a bigger innings for the selectors to prove about hinself. Coming to sunrisers, their bowling has been best of the tournament but their batsmen should show some responsibility to put up a decent show. Waiting to see a good contest between powe hitting and a firocious bowling.

  • on April 22, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Maxwell will play a good roll but dhawan also has to chip in

  • on April 22, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    if srh bat first than need to make 170 minimum than for start of bowling srh bhuvi economy and fear of bhuvi for top order than the key of srh success steyn and mishra and karan sharma is also the best bowling lineup in ipl

  • xtrafalgarx on April 22, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    Don't underestimate Bailey...He is a good limited overs batsman. Mitch isn't as effective on these pitches also, Warner hasn't been in best of form.

  • on April 22, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    come on, it's a T20..! SRH cannot rely on bowling so much....weak batting line up will not win T20 games....

  • on April 22, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    maxeell and miller is best hirret in the world best players of death over

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 22, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    The batting is fine for now but if Sehwag continues to fail, Vohra should come in to replace him. The bowling needs an overhaul. Rishi Dhawan and Sandeep Sharma in for Awana and Balaji. Kartik can have another go. The only thing that bothers me is that Akshar Patel and Kartik are the same type of bowler. Maxwell does offer the right arm variation, but he is already doing so much with the bat that asking him to improve his bowling might distract him. Hopefully Patel and Johnson can carry forward some momentum from the previous match as they both seemed to find their rhythm. SRH is dangerous with that bowling line-up and countering it means that ours has to do well too. We can't let them score too much since it will be much more difficult to chase. If we bat first, we probably won't score as many as the previous matches either, meaning that our bowlers will have to defend less than they have conceded. This is why we need economical and wicket taking options like Dhawan and Sandeep.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 21, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    @Meister Khan: Disagree with you 100%. Except for a couple of games, the tournament has been very enjoyable so far. It has not even been a week since the start of the IPL and already we are having some great cricket. Sure, Maxwell and Miller have opened up a few eyes with their power hitting. I am sure this adds a new dimension to the season as teams will now look to pulverize them. They are not invincible by any means. In fact, both of them will struggle once the tournament reaches India. The slow, low pitches will be the end of Maxi and Miller.

  • Greatest_Game on April 21, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    @ Nampally thinks that "Unless SRH find a way of getting Maxwell & white out early," and that the Kings batting lineup is "Sehwag & Pujara at the top followed by Maxi, White, Bailey."

    Nampally - if you read the above article, you will see that the 3rd sentence states "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."

    Maxwell and MILLER are the Kings' hit men. Not White. The current squad is not listed as having a player named White. There is no White playing for Kings X1 Punjab.

    This is the 2014 IPL. Last year, in 2013, the former Australian T20 captain, Cameron White, played for Sunrisers. He was not chosen by any of the franchises in the 2014 IPL auction, and remains unsold.

  • on April 21, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    if irfan and naman ohjha will not play todays match then sunrisres will loose match

  • on April 21, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Maxwell and miller are the main batsmen of Kings XI Punjab if they are out early I don't see Kings XI winning this match

  • Greatest_Game on April 21, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    @ Meister Khan wrote "Maxwell and Miller are perhaps the sole highlight of the IPL thus far. For a tournament that is premised on entertainment, the others are wishy washy."

    Narine & Malinga have produced some superb spells of bowling. Morkel's 2-0-2-0 was spellbinding in the context of y20, but I guess you don't consider batsmen being pinned down or wickets falling as entertainment. Only batsmen hitting sixes are entertaining, huh?

    JP Duminy has produced two fine performances. In both cases he held the innings together batting at #5, and finished quite spectacularly. If all you consider to be entertaining is the batting of Maxwell & Miller, you must find 99% of cricket boring, which begs the question, why do you follow the sport?

  • kc69 on April 21, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    Replacing Ishant Sharma with Irfan Pathan and bringing Naman Ojha as wicketkeeper might work for strengthening SRH batting attack.Also plsying Parvez Rasool (off break) Instead of Karn Sharma (legbreak) might add a bit of variety to SRH bowling.But the first 2 changes are must if they are playing on a batting surface.

  • Y2G_87 on April 21, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    If Ishanth carreis his current form to this match against Punjab, then he should either finish his quota before these 2 sloggers come in or after these 2 get back to pavilion (Which looks more unlikely, as one of these 2 might remain till end of 20th over).

    Otherwise it is a great contest between strong batting unit and bowling unit.

    In case of Hyderabad there is one weak link in form of Ishanth.

    In case of Punjab there is one anchor and 2 sloggers which make a strong batting unit.

    But Hyderabad are slightly ahead of Punjab, because no: of quality bowlers are more in Hyderabad than that of no: f quality batsmen in Punjab :)

  • kohli_is_future on April 21, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    ster(y)n test awaits for mad max n killer miller.I can't see any other srh bowler stopping them except steyn gun.Punjab lookout for Finch,warne.they are weak against quality spin and bowlers who lacks pace but Punjab provides much needed pace n they are weak in spin department. overall it's Punjab batting vs srh bowling.expecting a last over thriller.

  • Cifar on April 21, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    I hope this msg somehow reaches the think tank of SRH. I don't quite understand why irfan can't make it to the final 11 of SRH. In my opinion irfan is the only pacing allrounder who can make it to the indian team at the moment considering the next wc in aus. he should be told clearly and groomed in such a way that he has the task of both bowling and batting to balance the team for the better. i'm confident that he is a better batsman than his brother. i think greg was right at least in this aspect. somehow it seems that he was told to concentrate only on his bowling "coz primarily he is a bowler," which didn't work for him either. since SRH has a void in the middle order, it is right time he is sent for batting at 4 or 5, and give him time to settle down as batsman in the long run... and please don't expect him to do the dirty job of being a finisher for now, little things such as these either make or break a player.

  • phunny_game on April 21, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    Bad bowling of KXIP and presence of quite a few strikers in SRH makes me think it is definitely going to be a high scoring match if SRH bat first. If KXIP bat first, it has to be seen yet how they will fare.

  • guru1438 on April 21, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    The sunrisers is the weakest team after DD they cannot play under pressure and iam sure shikhar dhawan cannot do anything when maxwell and miller take past their score over 250 (if they batted first) and will win in less than 15 overs as sunrisers cannot go past 130

  • on April 21, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    The day Sunrisers' Indian batting step up to the occasion will be the day we will perform to our potential. The batting is overly dependent on the top 3. If they don't fire, we tend to post not-so-great totals giving our excellent bowling attack hardly anything to defend.

  • on April 21, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    bailey rightly said that u can't expect Maxwell & Miller to fire every time at this level. And l believe this is gonna be the toughest test for the duo to repeat the same against possibly the best bowling lineup. So it's a 50/50 game & l'm looking forward to a mouthwatering clash.

  • on April 21, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    SRH should include Irfan in place of Venugopal Rao to strengthen the middle order. Hyd seem to have some jinx against the foreign batsmen. Other than Gilchrist in 2009, none of them had great time. So I am not too confident about Warner and Finch, who were mot helpful for their teams earlier. Instead of depending on one player, all players should contribute something. Dhawan's captaincy is also a big concern. He brought on Mishra too late in the last game. Should have used Steyn in the last over rather than Bhuvi. Sammy would have been a better captain.

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Be cool calm and just watch maxwell n miller bats.

  • Nampally on April 21, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    @Ramakrish86: 130 is not a winning score vs. Kings XI. On a perfect batting wkt. Kings XI batting can get >150. Steyn has to get both Maxi & White out to contain the Kings XI to 150 because they also have Sehwag, Bailey & Pujara who can score, albeit @<200 S/R! SRH batting led by Dhawan has to be at its best to get over 160- a competitive total even if SRH bowling is at its peak on a batting wkt. So it is a tough mission- though not Mission Impossible, if Maxi & White are dismissed cheaply. Good Luck SRH, because you will need a lot of it!

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    2 replacement in SRH lineup needed - Irfan in Ishant out (this was a no-brainer) and Sammy in at 6 with Irfan at 7. With the kind of firepower we have at the top, Sammy and Irfan as finishers would be enough to take us beyond 160 most of the times. And then our bowling can do the job 90% of the times.

  • gnat9 on April 21, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Sunrisers have a potentially devastating batting lineup in Dhawan, Finch, Warner and Sammy, if they click, that is. It will be very important that they do. It is only way they can neutralize Maxwell and Miller.

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Irfan need Sh.... n puja z playing instead of Manan....??

  • sandeep.bhanoori on April 21, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Its between .. Mohali's Batsmen VS Hyderabad Bowling .. If anyone can stop M & M's it should be SRH ..having said..SRH lack in batting ..and power hitting in the end overs (If sammy fails) ..Mohali's has match winners .. SRH need to prove they are better side .. with good fielding and middle order batsmen .. for now Mohali's are the fav.. but in T20 anything could happen ..

    GO SRH .. Give your best !!!

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Maxwell and Miller are perhaps the sole highlight of the IPL thus far. For a tournament that is premised on entertainment, the others are wishy washy.

  • viru-319-219 on April 21, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    KXIP should make couple of changes in batting .. Vohra should open with sehwag and Gurkeerat is in fabulous form he should play at 3 and Keep.

    My XI for KXIP : Sehwag,Vohra,Gurkeerat,Maxwell,Miller,Bailey,Akshar,Mitch,Balaji/sandeep,Awana and Karthik

    SRH should play Irfan instead of V.Rao and Consider playing Rasool instead of Karn sharma to Strengthen batting.

    My SRH XI: Dhawan,Finch,Warner,Rahul,Irfan,Sammy,Rasool,Mishra,Steyn,Bhuvi,Ishant

    This team has 6 International bowlers and more importantly two finishers in Irfan and Sammy.

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    What about Irfan Pathan... Where has.he gone

  • Nampally on April 21, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Unless SRH find a way of getting Maxwell & white out early, this match is already over. The hitting power of these 2 batsmen is phenomenal to say the least. They have literally destroyed the bowling in the previous 2 matches. Steyn & Karan Sharma may be the 2 bowlers who can contain them to some extent. Mishra will have to produce an extremely deceptive ball to deal with these 2 guys. Kings XI Has a power packed batting with Sehwag & Pujara at the top followed by Maxi, White, Bailey. This is the best T20 batting line up & tough to restrict <200. Also the luck has to be on SRH side with a run out or mishit or an off day for this batting. On the other hand Kings XI bowling is average & has conceded nearly 200 runs too. SRH batting is 150 level. So the magic formula is to contain Kings batting to <150 & chase it down. Whilst it is easy to say this it is difficult to execute. So SRH team has a Himalayan challenge! Can they conquer Mount Everest & be the first team to do so this year?

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    maxwell in the form and miller also....but this is real test for form....because a best bolling attack by steyn,ishant and bhuvi is here for hedrabad......but i think best player watch of bailey,finch and warner.....i go with finch

  • Ramakrish86 on April 21, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Be prepare for another low scoring match. Steyn & co has the ability to stop max & Co but dhawan & co fight hard for 130 odd runs. 50-50 chances to both teams.

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  • Ramakrish86 on April 21, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Be prepare for another low scoring match. Steyn & co has the ability to stop max & Co but dhawan & co fight hard for 130 odd runs. 50-50 chances to both teams.

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    maxwell in the form and miller also....but this is real test for form....because a best bolling attack by steyn,ishant and bhuvi is here for hedrabad......but i think best player watch of bailey,finch and warner.....i go with finch

  • Nampally on April 21, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Unless SRH find a way of getting Maxwell & white out early, this match is already over. The hitting power of these 2 batsmen is phenomenal to say the least. They have literally destroyed the bowling in the previous 2 matches. Steyn & Karan Sharma may be the 2 bowlers who can contain them to some extent. Mishra will have to produce an extremely deceptive ball to deal with these 2 guys. Kings XI Has a power packed batting with Sehwag & Pujara at the top followed by Maxi, White, Bailey. This is the best T20 batting line up & tough to restrict <200. Also the luck has to be on SRH side with a run out or mishit or an off day for this batting. On the other hand Kings XI bowling is average & has conceded nearly 200 runs too. SRH batting is 150 level. So the magic formula is to contain Kings batting to <150 & chase it down. Whilst it is easy to say this it is difficult to execute. So SRH team has a Himalayan challenge! Can they conquer Mount Everest & be the first team to do so this year?

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    What about Irfan Pathan... Where has.he gone

  • viru-319-219 on April 21, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    KXIP should make couple of changes in batting .. Vohra should open with sehwag and Gurkeerat is in fabulous form he should play at 3 and Keep.

    My XI for KXIP : Sehwag,Vohra,Gurkeerat,Maxwell,Miller,Bailey,Akshar,Mitch,Balaji/sandeep,Awana and Karthik

    SRH should play Irfan instead of V.Rao and Consider playing Rasool instead of Karn sharma to Strengthen batting.

    My SRH XI: Dhawan,Finch,Warner,Rahul,Irfan,Sammy,Rasool,Mishra,Steyn,Bhuvi,Ishant

    This team has 6 International bowlers and more importantly two finishers in Irfan and Sammy.

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Maxwell and Miller are perhaps the sole highlight of the IPL thus far. For a tournament that is premised on entertainment, the others are wishy washy.

  • sandeep.bhanoori on April 21, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Its between .. Mohali's Batsmen VS Hyderabad Bowling .. If anyone can stop M & M's it should be SRH ..having said..SRH lack in batting ..and power hitting in the end overs (If sammy fails) ..Mohali's has match winners .. SRH need to prove they are better side .. with good fielding and middle order batsmen .. for now Mohali's are the fav.. but in T20 anything could happen ..

    GO SRH .. Give your best !!!

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Irfan need Sh.... n puja z playing instead of Manan....??

  • gnat9 on April 21, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Sunrisers have a potentially devastating batting lineup in Dhawan, Finch, Warner and Sammy, if they click, that is. It will be very important that they do. It is only way they can neutralize Maxwell and Miller.

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    2 replacement in SRH lineup needed - Irfan in Ishant out (this was a no-brainer) and Sammy in at 6 with Irfan at 7. With the kind of firepower we have at the top, Sammy and Irfan as finishers would be enough to take us beyond 160 most of the times. And then our bowling can do the job 90% of the times.