After a narrow win in their last encounter against CSK at Mohali, Kings XI Punjab will this time host Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 16th fixture of IPL 2018. The match will begin at 08:00 PM Local on April 19, 2018.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is currently sitting at top of the points table with three wins in as many games. On the opposite, Punjab has grabbed the third position with two wins in three matches. They are lagging behind KKR (2nd position) in net run rate.
KXIP would be looking to apply brakes on SRH’s winning streak and grab the second position when both the teams will come face to face. Sunrisers Hyderabad would be high-confidence after a clinical win over KKR in their fortress, Eden Gardens. Moreover, with the return of Chris Gayle in KXIP, the sixteenth clash of this season is expected to be an exhilarating contest.
Let’s have a look at PNJ vs HYD team news.
Apart from Axar Patel making way back in playing 11, no changes are expected in KXIP playing 11. Axar Patel missed the last outing against CSK with a niggle. If he is fit to play, Barindar Sran will have to miss out. After a cracking entry to IPL 2018 in last game, C Gayle is irreplaceable against SRH. M Stoinis will have to sit out in this game also.
Axar Patel has left thigh strain and will take some time to get fully fit. He has very fewer chances of playing today.
Place of Yuvraj Singh and Aaron Finch is also under clouds. However, Yuvraj is expected to get another chance while Aaron Finch can be replaced by M Stoinis.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is not expected to make any changes to their playing 11. There are no injury concerns also and there is no reason to tinker the combination.
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Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Yuvraj Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Manoj Tiwary, Aaron Finch, Akshdeep Nath, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Karun Nair, Barinder Sran, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Shikhar Dhawan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Siddarth Kaul, Carlos Brathwaite, Kane Williamson (c), Ricky Bhui, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Tanmay Agarwal, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Sharma, Alex Hales, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, Sachin Baby, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Axar Patel is expected to replace B Sran in KXIP while SRH might field the same playing 11. Here’s probable PNJ vs HYD playing 11
Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch/ M Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Mohit Sharma, Karun Nair, Barinder Sran/Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Shakib Al Hasan, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Billy Stanlake, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan
Chris Gayle (63 off 33) and KL Rahul (37 of 22) provided a cracking start to PUN against Chennai which was carried forward by handy innings of Mayank Agarwal (30 of 19) and Karun Nair (29 of 17). They will be the batting pillars of KXIP.
In bowling, Andrew Tye, skipper R Ashwin and young Mujeeb ur Rahman will be crucial.
Hyderabad will rely upon Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey and W Saha for scoring runs. Williamson scored a fifty in the last game against KKR while Shakib Al Hasan also contributed with the bat and scored 27of 21 balls.
SRH’s bowling is dependent on Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, and Shakib Al Hasan. Bhuvaneshwar took 3 wickets while Stanlake and Hasan shared two wickets each. Rashid Khan and S Kaul will also be crucial.
Although PNJ won its last match by 4 runs against CSK, it was clearly evident that they lack sheer pace attack. Punjab has a strong batting line up with the likes of biggies such as C Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh. But, they lack in bowling. On the opposite, SRH has a very strong bowling line-up and is the backbone of their winnings.
It will be interesting to watch how SRH conducts itself while chasing a 200 run target. So, a cracking high-scoring contest is expected on Thursday evening when both the teams will lock horns.
As per our PNJ vs HYD match predictions, it is an evenly poised match with KXIP having a bit of advantage due playing in their home conditions. In last 5 matches at Mohali, Punjab has won four matches including two of this edition against DD and CSK.
In wicketkeeper, both KL Rahul and W Saha are a good choice. But prefer KL Rahul over Saha as Saha has failed to play a big inning so far. In batting, C Gayle, S Dhawan, and Kane Williamson are a must have batsmen. You can also take anyone out of Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, and Yuvraj Singh as an extra batsman.
In all-rounders, Shakib Al Hasan is a safe bet. There’s still confusion about Axar Patel and M Stoinis.
In bowling, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and R Ashwin are a must have players. Ashwin is contributing with both bat and ball. Apart from them, Rashid Khan, Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake will also play a crucial role.
Here’s our PNJ vs HYD Dream11 team-
We will provide you the final dream team at 04:00 PM tomorrow.
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