Sunrisers v Kings XI, IPL 2014, Hyderabad May 13, 2014

A push towards first and fourth


Match facts

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Play 03:35
Huddle: 'Ishant should replace Irfan'

Where they stand

Kings XI Punjab: second, with 14 points after seven wins in nine games
Sunrisers Hyderabad: fifth, with eight points after four wins in nine games

Big Picture

Sunrisers' defeat to Mumbai Indians on Monday cost them the chance to break into the top four - the playoff club - by displacing Kolkata Knight Riders. They are now in the bottom half of the league and another loss will be debilitating to their campaign. A victory will keep them in contention for fourth place, but third remains out of reach for the moment.

Unless they suffer a startling reverse in form, Kings XI are set for a place in the top four. Their target, therefore, is no longer a playoff berth; it is a top-two finish, which will give them two cracks at making the IPL final. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are their closest rivals and a win against Sunrisers will keep Kings XI above everyone else.

Most teams have nine or ten spots in their first XI firmed up, and the tinkering Kings XI did in their previous game - playing Parvinder Awana against KKR - did not work. They will consider bringing back L Balaji, who has an excellent record against David Warner and Aaron Finch, for Awana. Opening batsman Mandeep Singh has not performed better than Cheteshwar Pujara did, so that's another chink that needs fixing. What does their retained player - Manan Vohra - need to do to get a game this season?

Sunrisers don't have much strength on their bench. Irfan Pathan was expensive in the previous game against Kings XI, and he's been wicketless in his last two matches. They might keep him, because replacement options are Ishant Sharma and Venugopal Rao. Offspinning allrounder Parvez Rasool has not been given a chance yet, but will Sunrisers punt on him in a crucial game?

Form guide

(most recent first)

Sunrisers Hyderabad: LWWLW
Kings XI Punjab: LWWLW

Previous encounter

Glenn Maxwell blitzed Sunrisers in the first match between these teams this season, in Sharjah, hitting nine sixes during his 43-ball 95. His pyrotechnics came after a sound start by the KXIP openers and set up a total of 190. It was 72 runs too many. Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch and David Warner were dismissed inside five overs of the chase and KL Rahul was the only batsman to make it past 20. L Balaji claimed 4 for 13 as Sunrisers were dismissed for 121 in 19.2 overs.

Watch out for

Where will Maxwell bat? Kings XI have preferred to send in a buffer at No. 3 when they lose an early wicket, and not expose Maxwell too soon. Wriddhiman Saha has usually been the chosen one but this tactic has always hindered Kings XI's momentum. Saha has made only one significant contribution in that position and even during that half-century he was stagnant for the first half of his innings. It's probably time Kings XI trusted Maxwell to not get out early.

Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Virender Sehwag, Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, M Vijay and Sanju Samson. The majority of these Indian batsmen have had middling seasons so far, but they all have more runs than the Sunrisers captain Shikhar Dhawan, who has 170 in nine innings at an average of 19 and strike rate of 114. He's been dismissed four times in the 30s and how far Sunrisers go will hinge on whether he can back up Finch and Warner.

Stats and trivia

  • Maxwell hit 63 runs off 22 balls from legspinners Amit Mishra and Karn Sharma in the previous games between the sides in Sharjah

  • L Balaji has bowled 25 balls at David Warner in the IPL and conceded only 27 runs while dismissing him three times. Balaji has conceded only six runs to Aaron finch in ten balls and dismissed him twice.


"You know, in this tournament, you need to bounce back. You need to pick yourself up and move forward. We are certainly aware that you are not going to have a perfect campaign, where you win every game, get into the finals and everyone is merry."
Sunrisers coach Tom Moody after the loss to Mumbai Indians

"A lot of Indians wouldn't have known about them but they have obviously seen something and their knowledge has been really important, one in selecting them and two, bringing the best out of them ."
Kings XI captain George Bailey on coach Sanjay Bangar's contribution to the campaign

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sharath on May 14, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    For SRH - M.Juneja to replace either Ojha or Rahul.. since he is more suited to T20. Based on the pitch to decide whether to play Ishanth / Rasool. For KXI - they shud get in M.Vohra or else for what did they retain him? Is he carrying some injury or something??

  • Android on May 14, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    good choice by KXIP

  • vas on May 14, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    KXIP should open with Sehwag and Saha and use Pujara as a floater. Pujara opening will slow the run rate. But he will steady the innings if early wickets fall. Spinner shivam looked so impressive in the match he played. Would like to see more of him.

  • Cricket on May 14, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    @switchmitch Games MaxIMiller failed in: KKR (both), RCB (first), and then there were a couple games, where only one of them fired. Out of these, KXIP only lost 2 games, one to MI, who got off to a lucky start with several edges and tough catches dropped, and against KKR, where KXIP made a selection error (or were just experimenting). Still in both the loses, KXIP made a decent score. 150 odd on that slow Cuttack pitch was pretty good and 168 is no easy ask. Sehwag has been consistent if not as explosive at the top. Saha and Bailey have not yet found their groove but are capable and have played a couple of good innings each. Vohra could be an exciting prospect should he play, so plenty of backup for MaxiMiller. Although, I do believe that should an early wicket fall, Bailey should send himself in because he is at his best when he builds.

  • Shaik Ali on May 14, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    I am a big SRH fan but i know they do not stand a decent chance of making it to the playoff unless RCB and KKR make blunders and give them the opportunity..Coz you do not have any foreign players who can be replaced...Finch and Warner are only 2 batters...why do you want to take Holder, Steyn, Sammy & Henriques (4 overseas bowlers) when you already got Bhuvi, Irfan, Ishant ,K Sharma & Mishra as indian bowlers at disposal...Except Dhawan n Ojha who is the indian batsmen ? Again If Ojha is wicketkeeper, why do you take Brendon Taylor another wicket keeper...Where is the winning combination ?? Blunders in auction made by chikka...resulting in loss to the team and agony to the fans.. Last match we seen decent total of 150 plus chased by the bottom lying team...where is the so called Best bowling line up..For god sake replace mishra (with rasool) add a variety to spin bowling....KL Rahul shud sit n test Ricky Bhui or Pauniker or Juneja (instead of making them excess baggage)

  • Shuja on May 14, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Bailey is a good captain but he hasn't really done justice to his batting this tournament. He needs to come one down instead of Saha so that he can start building innings and then follow with M&M

  • Ramandeep on May 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Switchmitch Maxwell has failed and KXIP has still won, remember the first match against KKR

  • Arun on May 14, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    MaxMiller - The only reason why KXI is at the top. If they are taken out early, the team falls short of a good score. KKR showed us that. Hope SRH takes a lesson or two from that and make some plans to cut short MaxMiller. SRH also has to pull its weight in the batting department. For a team that has Dhawan, Finch and Warner, their scores have been pretty ordinary. KXI have been very impressive so far. They've been led well; Sandeep and a few other Indian players have also come to the fore, making the team to punch above its weight in the bowling department but I think they are running more on bravado and the psychological fear that MaxMiller cause on opposition bowlers. Hope SRH have the game plan to call this bluff. They certainly have the bowling, let's see...

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    It has to be come on fan's of kxip. This man is the name of stability, a solid stroke maker,and consistent run a ball you want anything beyond that? Where you have the likes of sehwag other end and maximillinoer coming in next. I think kxip should bank on pujara to anchor the innis and batt till the end. Best of luck kxip.

  • Quamar on May 14, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    SRH have all the potential and finally Finch/Warner are coming good. The worries are Dhawan's form; Steyn not being the force he is for SA; the 'wrong' kind of Hyderabad pitch (not turning); the third seamer; and the fourth international player. If the Hyderabad pitch was the one from last year than Rasool should play but it isn't. If Pathan bats higher then he should be persisted with. Henriques looks disinterested and hasn't done enough so Sammy should get a go again, if he can rekindle his world t20 form then he can be as important to SRH as a Dhoni or Pollard. Steyn needs to show he really is the best fast bowler otherwise the tag can't keep being used on him. Don't think he really cares about IPL!...

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