Sunrisers Hyderabad is set to face Kings XI Punjab in the 22nd fixture of the Indian Premier League at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, October 8.
Having lost their previous games, both Hyderabad and Punjab will look forward to a morale-boosting win which will help them move up in the points table.
KL Rahul's Punjab should be vary of David Warner, the Hyderabad skipper who is the leading run-getter vs KXIP in IPL with 819 runs. Warner has managed to reach the half-century mark in all of his last eight previous innings against Punjab.
Hyderabad also needs to save up wickets for the death-overs as it is found that the side's middle-order has not been quite up to the mark barring Priyam Garg's fantastic inning in his previous outing. Warner's side has the lowest run-rate in death-overs in this year's IPL (8.88), whereas, Punjab has the highest ER (14.81).
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul(C), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran(Wk), Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hardus Viljoen, Krishnappa Gowtham, James Neesham, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ishan Porel, Tajinder Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(C), Jonny Bairstow(Wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sanjay Yadav, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Basil Thampi, Virat Singh, Fabian Allen, Billy Stanlake, Bavanaka Sandeep, Jason Holder, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha
Starting XI Prediction:
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (C & Wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Harpreet Brar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (Wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Siddarth Kaul
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab Dream11 Picks:
KL Rahul (Wk), David Warner (C), Mayank Agarwal, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Nicholas Pooran, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Abdul Samad
Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad win the toss, opt to bat first!
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul(c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Simran Singh(w), Glenn Maxwell, Ravi Bishnoi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell
The game begins!
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are at the crease. David Warner is on strike. Cottrell will open the attack for KXIP!
Score after 5 overs: SRH (52-0)
It is looking like the start of a good partnership between Warner and Bairstow. The pair has shared a total of nine boundaries in the first over, completing the team's half-century mark.
Score after 10 overs: SRH (100-0)
Bairstow and Warner have started the show in Dubai. The pair have brought up the 100-run partnership with Bairstow completing his half-century and Warner not being far behind. A high chase is in the cards for Punjab.
Score after 15 overs: SRH (160-0)
What an explosive start to the game in Dubai. Both Warner and Bairstow are dropping bombs on the Punjab bowlers. A 200 run chase is on the cards at this rate!
Score after 20 overs: SRH (201-6), KXIP needs 202 to win
Punjab bowlers turned the tables unexpectedly. The bowlers picked up back-to-back wickets and after Warner and Bairstow, the top-order collapsed rather quickly.
However, we have another 200 run chase. If Punjab batsmen KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal play in form, this will not be a task as they made the third highest opening partnership of 183 earlier in this IPL.
But the batsmen should be vary of the SRH bowlers who have done a good job so far, specially spinner Rashid Khan.
The chase begins!
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Sandeep Sharma will open the attack for SRH.
Score after 5 overs: KXIP (37-2)
Punjab have lost two wickets early on. That should not affect Punjab as much, because skipper KL Rahul is still at the crease. Nicholas Pooran is also scripting boundaries for the team. Things could go from good to bad for either of the teams.
Score after 10 overs: KXIP (96-3)
Skipper KL Rahul has also been dismissed. But, Pooran just completed an explosive 17-ball 50, the fastest half-century in this year's IPL so far.
If Pooran, and Glenn Maxwell, who is also known for his hard-hitting, continue this way, Punjab have a chance to successfully complete the chase.
Score after 15 overs: KXIP (126-8)
It is all over for Punjab at this stage. Looks like KL Rahul's side will remain at the bottom of the table after today's fixture. Glenn Maxwell once again did not put up any sort of performance to help Pooran who had a brilliant inning. Despite his effort, it is hard to say whether Punjab will play out the 20 overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs!
Jonny Bairstow shone with the bat with a 97-run knock before star leg-spinner Rashid Khan snared three wickets in an impressive bowling display to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comfortable 69-run win over Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match on Thursday.
Bairstow and captain David Warner (52) took the opposition bowlers to the cleaners with a 160-run opening stand as SRH scored an imposing 201 for six after opting to bat, even though KXIP made a brilliant comeback by taking six wickets in the final five overs.
The England wicketkeeper batsman hit seven fours and six sixes during his 55-ball knock, while Warner consumed 40 balls for his 52 to set up SRH's third win from six matches.
KXIP made amends of their woeful death overs bowling by conceding just 41 runs in the last five overs and taking six wickets in the process with leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (3/29) triggering the collapse but that could not stop SRH from crossing the 200-run mark.
Chasing a stiff target of 202, KXIP were all out for 132 in 16.5 overs to slump to their fifth defeat -- and fourth on the trot -- in six matches to remain at the bottom of the points table.
Rashid Khan was the most impressive SRH bowler as he returned with figures of 3/12 from his four overs.
Only Nicholas Pooran (77 off 37 balls; 5 fours and 7 sixes) gave a fight for KXIP with his maiden half century and the season's fastest fifty -- off just 17 balls. He hit six fours -- three of them on the trot -- to take 28 runs off a hapless Abdul Samad.
KXIP made a disastrous start to their run chase as they lost two wickets inside five overs. In-form Mayank Agarwal (9) was run out in a horrible mix-up with his captain KL Rahul (11) in the second over itself, while Prabhsimran Singh looked promising for a while but got out for 11.
Rahul played second fiddle to his partners, looking to anchor the innings but he failed in doing that as he was out in the eighth over, hitting straight to the safe hands of Kane Williamson in the deep.
Glenn Maxwell's struggle continued as he was run out for seven, courtesy a brilliant direct throw from Priyam Garg.
Earlier, KXIP bowlers did not have a clue how to break the partnership of Bairstow and Warner till the 15th over.
At that stage, SRH were 160 for no loss.
Bishnoi then removed both Bairstow and Warner in the space of three balls in the 16th over before Arshdeep Singh (2/33) dismissed Manish Pandey for 1 in the next over to trigger a brilliant turnaround.
Williamson remained not out on 20 off 10 balls.
Bairstow was dropped on 19 in the fifth over by KXIP skipper Rahul off the bowling of Mohammed Shami and he made them pay for the mistake.
He was clearly the dominant partner of the opening duo, reaching his third fifty of the season in 28 balls in the 10th over at the end of which SRH were 100 for no loss.
Warner reached his third fifty of the tournament in the 14th over but got out in the first ball of the 16th over when he miscued a slog sweep to Glenn Maxwell at long-on off Bishnoi.
Three balls later, Bairstow departed after Rahul opted to review the field umpire's decision and the third umpire ruled the England wicketkeeper batsman out LBW.