In today’s contest in IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad takes on Kings XI Punjab. Both the teams have lost their previous games, KXIP even more badly against Chennai Super Kings where they were thrashed by 10 wickets. SRH were defeated by defending champions Mumbai Indians in Sharjah. The battle between these two teams has generally not generated too much noise but has produced great results in past for sure. The head to head records have been dominated by SRH where they lead over KXIP by 10-4. Meanwhile, in this article we take a look at the players battle and match-ups between these two teams.
KL Rahul vs Rashid Khan
KXIP captain and their best batsman KL Rahul had a solid start to this season with a century in just his second game and even though he has been amongst the runs after that too, his approach has been questioned at times. He has been anchoring the inning, perhaps taking the game too deep and in today’s clash, he will face the stiff challenge against Rashid Khan to up the pace in the middle overs. In T20 cricket, Rashid has dismissed him twice while giving away just 16 runs in 24 balls. The records show KL has played him cautiously and even then Rashid has managed to pick his wicket twice. Will he play attacking cricket tonight or will he continue with his conservative approach, we will see in this match.
David Warner vs Mohammed Shami
Next exciting match-up is between David Warner and KXIP new ball bowler Mohammed Shami who has been in lovely wicket taking nick in the first four games of this season. Shami has always had a very good seam position which has troubled with the new ball and in case, he manages to get Warner’s wicket up front, he will open the game for KXIP given that how top order dominated SRH batting is. In previous face-offs, Warner has comparatively won the battle. He has scored 50 runs against him in 34 balls while he has been dismissed only once by the Indian speedster. Both Warner and Bairstow have had an average season so far and they’d like to turn things around as soon as they can but they will have to overcome Shami’s challenge at first.
Even though SRH has a 10-4 lead over them in overall head to head stats, in last 5 games they have allowed KXIP to win 2 matches. In their last meeting in UAE, it was KXIP who prevailed victorious but that was a freak season for KXIP which was mostly carried by Glenn Maxwell heroics. The same Maxwell has gone missing while playing for Punjab this season and he is most likely to get dropped today. Warner has scored 521 runs in these 14 clashes against KXIP and it shows he likes facing this opponent while highest wicket taker in SRH vs KXIP is Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has taken 18 wickets but is out from the game.