KXIP need a series of wins, SRH look for first win on the road.
Kings XI Punjab will be playing their first actual home game at the PCA Stadium in Mohali tomorrow against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and they will definitely look to get back to winning ways. They began with two comprehensive victories in the first two matches but then lost 3 on a trot which derailed their campaign to a certain extent.
It has been a topsy-turvy season for them as they again returned to winning ways with the victory against the Gujarat Lions. It was a thoroughly professional performance and it showed yet again what the Punjab boys were capable of.
On the hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad is also having an indifferent form. After consecutive victories, they lost two on a trot and again came to winning ways with consecutive victories. They have arguably been the best bowling side in the tournament and with Bhuvneshwar Kumar going great guns with 16 wickets in the tournament already, SRH will have a clear edge today.
When & Where:
28 April 2017, 2000 Hrs IST @ IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
Current Status in IPL 2017
KXIP: Matches – 7, Won –3, Lost – 4
SRH: Matches –8, Won – 3 ,Lost – 4, N/R- 1
Ashish Nehra might be recalled but the remaining XI is expected to remain the same. Ben Cutting is a brilliant all-rounder and might be preferred over Mohammad Nabi. The bowling department has been a class act and will look to dominate Punjab tomorrow.
Predicted XI: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra.
Kings XI Punjab
Marcus Stoinis might make way for Darren Sammy who recently joined the squad. It has been an all Indian pace attack which has not really helped them as they have been the most expensive team in the back end of an innings.
Predicted XI: Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (c), Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma.
Head to Head
Overall: Total Matches– 9, KXIP Won – 2, SRH Won – 7
In Mohali: Total Matches – 3, KXIP Won – 0, SRH Won – 3
Our Prediction for the game:
The team batting 2nd might be the one on the winning side, CRUTIAL TOSS
Although the Sunrisers Hyderabad Side look like the stronger side, Kings XI Punjab have the players to outplay any opposition on their day.
Our Prediction goes with KXIP 30% – SRH 70%
This will be the first match in Mohali in this tournament but given its tradition, it is expected to be a high-scoring venue. SRH have a clear edge on KXIP in the head to head department with 7 wins from 9 outings. The defending champions have an edge but I feel team batting first will come triumphant in the encounter.
It will be a close game but I personally feel the team batting 2nd will have an advantage.