About the Match
Kings XI Punjab, with 14 points from 7 wins out of 9 matches, are playing against the Sunrisers Hyderabad who are with 8 points from 4 wins out of 9 matches played, at Hyderabad on 14th May. Having scored only 149 runs on board, the Kings XI lost their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Cuttack because of the determination of the opponents. The Sunrisrers scored 159 in their previous match against Mumbai Indians who won the match comfortably by 7 wickets. The Kings XI has the same points as Chennai Super Kings, who are on top of the table whereas the Sunrisres have 8 points.
Batting first against the Mumbai Indians, the Sunrisers put up a fighting total on board, mainly due to a disciplined innings by A. Finch and D. Warner, who could increase the run rate towards the end. When they played against the Kings XI in their earlier encounter at Sharjah, they could not meet the asking rate to reach the target of 194 and their batting fell apart, losing early wickets and the batsmen down the line also not building partnerships. Their batting is improving from match to match with batsmen down the line also contributing their bit, especially Rahul and Henriques playing sensibly. Steyn and Bhuvneshawar Kumar are maintaining good line and length and are among wicket takers consistently, with Sharma, Mishra and Henriques supporting well for the cause of the team. Shikhar Dhawan needs to play a big innings to put a huge total on board to improve the chances of the team making the next grade.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI have maintained their supremacy in all parts of the game and lived up to their expectation both in chasing a huge total or defending their efforts. They have beaten the Chennai Super Kings convincingly and have the required wherewithal to tackle any team. Their loss against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last encounter at Cuttack was because of the determined batting by Gautam Gambhir who stood like a wall making super hits all over the ground. Their only other loss in the tournament so far has been against the rejuvenating Mumbai Indians who are making a comeback in the tournament after the return to India. They have made it a habit to win matches successively by some superior batting especially by Maxwell, Miller and Bailey consistently with a determined come back up by Sehwag who is regaining his confidence. Sandeep Sharma is taking wickets regularly with Mitchell Johnson and IPL first timer, Shivam bowling impressively from the start. They have posted the highest tournament score of 231 against Chennai Super Kings and defended it well by restricting the opponent to just 187 and in their previous encounter also they overhauled the 200+ total of the opponent comfortably.
While Punjab is riding high and are jubilant with their performances so far, Sunrisers need to raise the level of the game if they want to make it to the next stage. While the match would be a tough one for Hyderabad, they look confident enough to take good advantage of playing on home turf.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2.20 @ Bet365