IPL 2018: Match prediction KXIP vs SRH - Will Ashwin sucessfully defend his fortress against the onslaught of Williamson and Co?

sports/cricket | Thursday, April 19th, 2018
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Highlights

Kings XI Punjab's batting will be up against the effective bowling of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the sixteenth game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018  on Thursday. While Punjab has registered two wins in three matches so far, Hyderabad has won three games in a row, as both, the teams registered crucial wins at the beginning of the tournament.

Kings XI Punjab will look to add another couple of points against their name as they take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 16th fixture of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2018. The match is scheduled to be played on April 19 at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. Live telecast will begin at 8 PM local time.

Well, one has to say that both SRH and KXIP are sailing the same boat now. Both teams had blockbuster opening games. SRH and KXIP are riding high after their initial encounters as both captains R Ashwin and Kane Williamson looked in superb form for their respective sides. There seems to be a good composition of bowling and batting for both teams. 

KXIP start as favourites as they are lions in their own backyard. They have a really good record on their home turf, and they would look to continue that in the encounter against SRH.

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Source: Hindustan Times

KXIP has always boasted a strong batting lineup right from the first season. But they could never touch gold in 10 seasons due to their lack of consistency. It is the team which has changed their captain for the most number of times. That itself explains how unsettled it was as a franchise. Keeping all this behind, KXIP has started well under R Ashwin this season. As usual, they produced good batting performances with KL Rahul and Karun Nair looking in prime form. KL Rahul seems to be batting on a different level altogether. Their bowling and fielding unit also looks good with Mujeeb Zadran, Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel delivering for them in crucial stages.

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Source: Hindustan Times

Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad will be heading into this game much more confident than the home side, and why wouldn’t they? Their bowling has hardly missed a step as they have been clinical in all their games. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake have been spearheading this Hyderabad bowling line up and boy, have they been effective! Apart from the two, spinners Rashid Khan and Shakib Al-Hasan have been creating all kinds of problems for the opposition’s batting line up.

Here are some points which will help you to understand who will win today's match.

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad won all the three-match which they have played. They also won all the three matches' toss till now.
  • SRH bowlers are in form, and they have successfully stopped all the three teams below 150 runs.
  • Kings XI Punjab has the world's best hitter in their squad.
  • Till now KXIP won two matches out of three matches which they played in IPL 2018.
  • Kings XI Punjab scored more than 150 runs in all matches.

With both the teams looking strong, the teams wouldn't want to tinker around a lot with the lineup. As the IPL tagline goes, 'best vs best', this is one such contest.

Despite a pacer-friendly pitch, the spin-strong home team of Punjab look dominant in this contest. If their batsmen are to fire, as usual, the Sunrisers are likely to face their first loss of this tournament.

Team Squads :

Kings XI Punjab Predicted XI – Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Axar Patel/Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Sunrisers Hyderabad Predicted XI– Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake

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