Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai. This will be match 43 of the season and a clash between the fifth (SRH) and the sixth (KXIP) position in the points table will be a crucial one.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is almost in its last leg where teams play their last matches and playoffs berth is ready to take off. As per the schedule, match 43 will see a clash between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai.
With both the teams having the same points (8 each), SRH are fifth on the table while KXIP rest at sixth. The match is very crucial for both and they will put out their best as the win would escalate their chances to qualify for the playoffs in the coming days.
Both the teams are fairly balanced and have struck a decent balance between their bowling and batting line up. KXIP, after the inclusion of Chris Gayle in the playing eleven, have struck this balance well.
11-4 wins have been the record when SRH have clashed with KXIP and it is the orange brigade that has dominated almost all time. In their clash this season, SRH won against KL Rahul led side by a massive 69 run margin.
KXIP have picked up late but will be fuming with confidence as they defeated the top three teams of the table recently. SRH have tasted ups and downs in the season and will push their limits to tackle the rising KXIP.
Weather and pitch report
The venue is likely to provide some respite to the cricketers as the temperature will be around 26 degrees. The slow pitch at the venue has deteriorated over time and any score around 160 will be tough for the chasing side.
KXIP: KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, James Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin.
SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Shahbaz Nadeem/Abhishek Sharma.
Dream 11 Team
Batsmen: Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Manish Pandey, David Warner (c)- Agarwal and Gayle can give the adequate start required at the start. Pandey can consolidate in the middle and Warner can smash the big shots. Warner’s consistency caps him as the captain.
Wicketkeeper: KL Rahul (vc), Jonny Bairstow- The wicketkeeper-batsman can bring the consolidation as per the situation. Rahul’s overall performance makes him the vice-captain.
All-rounders: Vijay Shankar, Jason Holder- Both the all-rounders can accommodate well both with the bat and the ball.
Bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Sandeep Sharma- The seamers can do well with the ball and restrict the opposition to a low score. Besides they can scalp wickets regularly.
Players to look out for
Glenn Maxwell: The allrounder has been decent with the ball but a performance from the willow is still awaited. He has been unable to put on a good show with the bat.
Priyam Garg: The young batsman is struggling with the bat. The fact that he performed well in Under-19 for India, a similar performance has not come forth for SRH.
Last Updated 23, Oct 2020, 10:07 PM