About the Match
Sunrisers have kept their hopes alive for the play-offs by registering a win against Daredevils thereby climbing to 4th position with 12 points in the kitty; they will play Kings XI Punjab, who have just 4 points at Hyderabad on 11th May. SRH will be eager to dominate from the very first ball to continue with their winning momentum; on the other hand, KXIP’s campaign continues to go from bad to worse. Hopefully, they will win the remaining matches to redeem themselves; however, SRH will definitely come out all guns blazing to march towards victory again on Monday.
Sunrisers won their last match against Delhi by 6 runs successfully defending 163; Moises Henriques’s 46-ball 74 was a well-measured knock that guided SRH. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma held their nerves with the ball to steer SRH to a crucial win; Karn Sharma picked up 2-12 in his 3 overs. Their performance against Royals was brilliant as they won by 7 wickets. Shikhar Dhwan scored 54 and Eion Morgan posted a brilliant 68 off 28 balls to help SRH post a mammoth total of 201. Yet again, Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in handy as he picked up 3-44 to restrict the Royals from reaching the target. Overall, SRH have received a major morale boost and are searing with confidence after successive wins against two formidable teams like CSK and RR. Warner and Dhawan have scored more than 45 percent of the runs for the team which shows their consistency. Henriques and Morgan showed their strengths and continue to come out all guns blazing; their death bowling arguably has been the best with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Praveen and Ishant Sharma delivering with wickets and economical spells. SRH have proved to be a consistent side and can win more upcoming matches.
Kings XI Punjab
They lost their 6th consecutive match, this time against KKR by a narrow margin of 1 wicket; Glenn Maxwell finally found his rhythm with the bat as he played a volley of cracking shots and blasted 43 off 22 while Manan Vohra scored 39 off 34 and Wriddhiman Saha posted 33 off 25. On the bowling front, Anureet Singh took 2 wickets but he went for plenty of runs; Gurkeerat Singh picked up 2-17 but they couldn’t stop KKR from reaching their target. Their previous outing against RCB was their worst performance, going down by 138 runs; the enormity of the loss was so huge that all KXIP are left to play for is pride. Openers, Sehwag and Vijay have had a poor season while the firing squad of Maxwell, Miller and Johnson has been woefully out of form. Sandeep Sharma and Anureet Singh have bowled brilliantly but KXIP have been hampered by the lack of a premium slow bowler; barring Axar Patel, no other spinner has been quite up to the mark. A demoralised KXIP unit will try to win a few matches to bow out of the competition with something to cheer about.
With two successive wins against strong sides like CSK and RR, Sunrisers are surely motivated to keep their hopes alive; Kings XI on the other hand has produced some terrible results this season and will be at a disadvantage against SRH in Monday’s game