Gujarat Lions v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2017, Kanpur May 12, 2017

Sunrisers set sights on playoff berth against weary Lions


Match facts

Gujarat Lions v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Kanpur, May 13, 2017
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Play 03:26
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This season: After Rashid Khan's 3 for 19 restricted Gujarat Lions to 135 for 7, an unbroken century stand between David Warner and Moises Henriques handed Sunrisers Hyderabad a nine-wicket victory at home.

Overall: Sunrisers have a commanding 4-0 lead over Lions, having secured all their wins while chasing.

In the news

Ashish Nehra missed the last Sunrisers game with a hamstring injury and there are some doubts over Yuvraj Singh's fitness as well. Their availability for the game on Saturday is as yet unclear.

Qualification scenario

A Sunrisers win against Lions will put them in the playoffs. Even if they lose, they could sneak in provided Rising Pune Supergiant beat Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. However, if Sunrisers lose and Kings XI defeat Pune, David Warner and his men will be pushed out of the playoffs.

The likely XIs

Sunrisers Hyderabad 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Kane Williamson/ Mohammad Nabi, 4 Yuvraj Singh/Deepak Hooda, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Naman Ojha (wk), 7 Vijay Shanker, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mohammed Siraj, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Siddarth Kaul

Gujarat Lions: 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 Aaron Finch, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Dhawal Kulkarni, 9 Pradeep Sangwan, 10 Basil Thampi, 11 Ankit Soni

Strategy punt

Shikhar Dhawan has been dismissed four times by James Faulkner while managing only 23 runs off 24 balls in the IPL. So, perhaps, there is a case for Lions to hand the new ball to Faulkner and let him have an early crack against Dhawan. The slightly two-paced nature of the Green Park surface might also assist Faulkner's variations.

Stats that matter

  • Siddarth Kaul has been Sunrisers' most effective bowler in their last five matches, picking up 13 wickets at an economy rate of 7.65. He has also been their best bowler in the slog overs in the side's last five matches, taking seven wickets, two more than his team-mate Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

  • Strong performances at the top mean Sunrisers' lower order (No. 5 or lower) is largely untested. The lower-order batsmen have faced only an average of 17 balls per innings and have contributed only 14.7% of the team's total runs - the lowest by any team this season.

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar has dismissed Dwayne Smith three times in the IPL while conceding 38 off 39 balls.

  • Among all the teams, Lions' spin contingent has put in the worst performance, returning nine wickets at an average of 86.33 and economy rate of 8.98.

  • That Lions' bowling attack has failed to click this season could be down to their over-reliance on Andrew Tye, who had pulled out of the tournament at the end of last month because of injury, and Basil Thampi. The two seamers have taken 23 wickets between them; all their 16 other bowlers have bagged 31 among them.

Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Majju_ on May 13, 2017, 12:27 GMT

    @CRICFAN7586699146 absolutely they look like spectators enjoying the match with VVIP treatment.

  • cricfan7586699146 on May 13, 2017, 11:37 GMT

    what a selection in todays game???????????? i think srh management luk all bowlers to take wickets. such a shameless management. i think as a fan of hyderabad we will never see a balanced team till moody and laxman will be as head coach and mentor.

    see todays game all bowlers have been beaten and where now the batsman? so its obvious that we r going to be defeat today also. yah but moody and laxman must be praying god to have some luck again. am i right? this team is based on luck only since 2016 not a consistent team to play cricket. hope we will never see moody and laxman in srh management. gud luck for next year

  • Cricinfouser on May 13, 2017, 9:52 GMT

    warner dhawan naman yuvi shankar/ bipul nabi ben rashid bhuvi siraj kaul. with 6 bowlers and two part time bowlers and 5 alounders.

  • NagaJagadeeshBudha on May 13, 2017, 9:49 GMT

    Why not another spinner in place of 3 fast bowlers in sunriser's hyderabad. Go hyderabad.. Go..

  • srdoc on May 13, 2017, 9:14 GMT

    @ nemesisbhavin all the NZ players playing in IPL are not part of of the tri series in Ireland but according to NZC statement that players involved in the IPL will join the squad in Ireland on a case-by-case basis, once their involvement in the league end. So essentially it means Williamson is with SRH till it is playing this year.

  • Majju_ on May 13, 2017, 8:04 GMT

    Everybody saying use Rashid as Pinch Hitter, why not Naman, as he barely getting balls to strike(thanks to Top Order) though unable to hit under pressure, so utilize him as PH.

  • nemesisbhavin on May 13, 2017, 7:36 GMT

    Kane Williamson may not be available due to his international duty as NZ vs Ire Oneday match is on 14th may.

  • cricfan7586699146 on May 13, 2017, 7:26 GMT

    i have mentioned here one comment but its not showing here. wat happen?

  • srdoc on May 13, 2017, 6:31 GMT

    Considering Yuvi and Nehra not playing due to injuries SRH's best team for a play off securing match will be Warner,Dhawan, Williamson, Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Cutting/Nabi, Ojha, Rashid, Bhuvi, Siraj, and Kaul.

  • cricfan7586699146 on May 13, 2017, 6:21 GMT


    playing xi: warner, bipul, dhawan, kane, cutting/ nabi, shankar, ojha/dwivedi, bhuvi, rashid, siraj, kaul.

    bowlers : kaul, siraj, bhuvi, rashid, bipul, shankar, nabi/cutting batsman : warner, dhawan, kane, ojha, all rounders : bipul, cutting/nabi, shankar,

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