Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017, Hyderabad April 16, 2017

Sunrisers, Kings XI look to keep slump at bay


Match facts

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab
Hyderabad, April 17, 2017
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Play 03:44
Hogg: Morgan should be given another opportunity

Head to head

Overall: Sunrisers Hyderabad go into the tie leading 6-2 and are chasing their fifth consecutive win against Kings XI Punjab. At home, Sunrisers lead the head-to-head 3-1.

Last season: Sunrisers won both games, including a final-over finish in Chandigarh, where Kings XI lost despite a supreme 96 from Hashim Amla.

In the news

Kings XI captain Glenn Maxwell made it clear after their 51-run loss to Delhi Daredevils that "everything was a weakness" and that it was getting to the point where he would have to pick "uncapped players", perhaps indicating the seniors weren't performing up to potential. David Miller and Eoin Morgan might not feel too comfortable with their places in the XI too if Martin Guptill and Shaun Marsh have recovered from injuries.

Mustafizur Rahman was left out of the Sunrisers XI last match, but it would be surprising to not see him return considering his success in Hyderabad - seven wickets at 25.85 and an economy rate of 6.96 in the IPL. Last year, he also picked up 2 for 9 in four overs against Kings XI. It could all mean Ben Cutting, who has been good but not extraordinary, getting the axe.

The likely XIs

Sunrisers Hyderabad 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 David Warner (capt), 3 Moises Henriques, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Naman Ojha (wk), 7 Ben Cutting/Mustafizur Rahman, 8 Bipul Sharma, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Rashid Khan, 11 Ashish Nehra

Kings XI Punjab 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Manan Vohra, 3 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Glenn Maxwell (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 Axar Patel, 8 KC Cariappa, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Varun Aaron, 11 Sandeep Sharma

Strategy punt

  • Sunrisers' spin threat Rashid Khan, who usually bowls early in the innings, could be saved to bowl to Maxwell and Miller later on since they have never faced him before.

  • Sandeep Sharma, who has dismissed Warner twice in the Powerplays before, may get an extended spell in the first six overs.

Stats that matter

  • Sunrisers have a 10-1 record while chasing at home. Overall, chasing teams have lost only two of the last ten games played there.

  • David Warner's form against Kings XI is superlative. He has scored half-centuries - 52, 59, 81, 58 - in each of his last four matches.

  • In IPL 2017, spin has dominated the first innings of matches in Hyderabad. Pacers conceded 266 runs off 162 balls (economy of 9.85) in the first innings while spinner conceded only 76 runs off 78 balls (5.84).

  • Hashim Amla's fondness for Ashish Nehra's bowling is displayed by his exemplary numbers against the fast bowler: in ODIs, he has 77 runs in 48 balls and in IPL, he has scored 25 runs off 11 deliveries.

  • Rashid Khan has bowled inside the Powerplay in every IPL game this season. He has also taken a wicket off his first over every time.

  • Sunrisers wicketkeeper Naman Ojha has been in an extended rut in the IPL. He averaged 13.60 and 13.70 in the last two seasons with a highest score of only 37.

Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ramimu1863169 on April 17, 2017, 14:57 GMT

    Hope KXIP will teach SRH how to win matches tonight :)

    Go KXIP go With these bowlers SRH need to score 250+ to win this match lol

  • jalal09718601 on April 17, 2017, 14:45 GMT

    My favorite Ishant is playing today. He is full of entertainment and it's fun to see him play. And good to see that Fizz is not playing.

  •   cricfanMattegoda on April 17, 2017, 14:43 GMT

    I can't understand what's the fuzz about Bangali bowler Mustafisur. He's just an average left-arm medium fast bowler who can't swing the bowl into the right-hander, that all of the other left-armers can do. He is no way near to Mohmad Ameer

  • cool on April 17, 2017, 14:24 GMT

    SRH Fans. Guys look who is umpiring again today ,the same guy dandekar,the same freak who gave notout for Robin uthappa . Will this guys ever leave Sunrisers or what ? Pathetic umpiring cost SRH match vs KKR .

  • smalayala on April 17, 2017, 14:02 GMT

    Todays game is going to say who are going into the playoffs...MI, KKR, DD are in amazing form, they are in. RCB, RPS and GL are out..! SRH and KXIP are the teams in mediocre form.

  • venkatesh on April 17, 2017, 13:54 GMT

    Deepak hooda averages 50 in first class but he looks absolutely clueless in the middle shows that fc level cricket has been decreased when dravid and sachin were playing there were dust bowls and in mimbai a pacy wicket.

  • helloj6499319 on April 17, 2017, 13:46 GMT

    SRH should reshuffle its team. I feel it would be good with vijayshankar / Tanmay, warner, dhawan, yuvi, nabi, hooda, ojha, rashid, bhuvi, fizz, nehra

  • Cricinfouser on April 17, 2017, 13:40 GMT

    we want Mohammad Nabi No cutting and Mustafiz

  • steven9332265 on April 17, 2017, 13:32 GMT

    SRH should change team Agarwal for Dawan Ricky for Hoods Dwivedi for Ojha Siraj for Nehra Warner Yuvi Moises Cutting Bipul Rashid and Buvi....

  • jack on April 17, 2017, 13:18 GMT

    wow...i am seeing more comments from Bangla fans then SRH fans on this article. Relax guy's this is an Indian tournament owned by the private people. They will take or drop whomever they want. This is not your national team, that you get upset on dropping a particular player. Cricinfo Pls publish.

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