Sunrisers Hyderabad is a far more balanced outfit compared to Kings XI Punjab, who have shown they can be hot and cold at times. Sunrisers Hyderabad goes into the tie leading 6-2 and is chasing their fifth consecutive win against Kings XI Punjab. At home, Sunrisers lead the head-to-head 3-1. If we speak about the last season, SRH won both their encounters against Kings XI Punjab. KXIP will be depending heavily on their international stars like Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. Maxi has shown glimpses of how dangerous he can be, but they still have to fire collectively. Even, Hashim Amla needs to shoulder more responsibility, if they want to trouble a formidable SRH.
KXIP have to be wary of Rashid Khan, the Afghan cricketer who has already created an impact in the tournament. Sandeep Sharma has a good record against Warner, hence, he might be given an extended run in the top of the innings. Sandeep Sharma has dismissed Warner twice in the Powerplays before.
David Warner will be the thorn in their flesh as he comes in with a phenomenal record against KXIP. With the scores like 52, 59, 81 and 58 in his last four matches, he ould be looking to carry forward his sensational form.
This is the second match of the double header Monday. The match starts at 08:00 pm IST.
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