IPL 2020 | KXIP look to end struggles against Bhuvneshwar-less Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Both the edges want a win to hold afloat in IPL 2020 marketing campaign.

Kings XI Punjab has had many spectacular particular person performances to this point, however they’ve failed to step up as a crew on this version. The facet is on the backside of the desk with 4 losses out of 5 and might be searching for a turnaround once they tackle David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad. The SRH will even purpose to make a return to profitable methods after they faltered within the 205-run chase in Sharjah against Mumbai Indians.

KXIP’s power has been in a formidable opening duo.Skipper KL Rahul has been in scintillating type this 12 months, scoring two fifties and a century, whereas Mayank Agarwal additionally has a half-century and a ton to his credit score. But there was an excessive amount of reliance on each the gamers, because the middle-order as failed to step up for the facet to this point.

Nicholas Pooran has additionally seemed sharp however Glenn Maxwell is but to hearth. Mandeep Singh gave a glimpse of his high quality and KXIP might be pinning hopes on him to take the onus of run-scoring.

But regardless of some first rate batting performances, KXIP have been unable to win due to their disappointing bowling assault. Apart from Mohammed Shami, all the opposite bowlers have failed to take wickets, conceding far too many runs in dying overs.

They have been unable to defend 223 against Rajasthan. In their 10-wicket loss within the earlier outing, KXIP bowlers have been at their wits end as Chennai Super Kings overhauled a 178-run goal with 14 balls and 10 wickets to spare.

And come Thursday, Sunrisers, who’re blessed with a robust prime order comprising Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson, will look to exploit a low-on-confidence KXIP’s bowling unit.

Warner and his males have been handed a 34-run defeat by the Mumbai Indians on Sunday. Having misplaced their opening two video games due to the center order, Sunrisers addressed the difficulty by bringing in Williamson to the enjoying XI on the expense of an all-round choice.

Skipper Warner backed children Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad to fill in for the fifth bowler and the danger paid off as the previous champions gained two video games on the trot.

However, the Orange Army was dealt an enormous blow when senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was dominated out of the event with a thigh muscle damage.

In Bhuvneshwar’s absence, Sunrisers struggled with their bowling. Apart from T Natarajan, pacers Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul leaked runs.

Samad was additionally costly, which led Warner to flip to Williamson to bowl two overs of off-spin against Mumbai.

Going forward, there might be added stress on yorker specialist Natarajan and star spinner Rashid Khan. Sunrisers face the conundrum of both offering stability within the center order or strengthening their bowling assault.

They have the choice of enjoying skilled Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi or West Indies’ Fabian Allen however that might imply Willamson could have to sit out.

Teams (from):

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, B Sandeep, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi.

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh (wk), Jagadeesha Suchith, Tajinder Singh, Hardus Viljoen.

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