The brilliant Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is all set to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their third match of Indian Premier League 2014. Visitors SRH will be aiming at registering their first win in the tournament. SRH has got a decent batting attack as the team has got aggressive batsman like Aaron Finch, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan captain himself. Team’s batting led them down in their first match against Rajasthan Royals (RR). Middle-order of the team does not look as strong as the opening batsman. Despite a decent opening the team could not score a good total which caused them to lose the match against RR. Similar to last year, SRH’s bowling is as threatening as a ghost. Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept SRH in the hunt by picking up early wickets and imposing tremendous pressure on the batsmen. But the score was too low to prevent a defeat for them. Team needs explosive start from the big guns so that the later batsmen can take it to a respectable total. Amit Mishra and other bowlers are the strength of the team.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on the other hand are exceptional in their first two matches. Team has chased down two big scores in the last two matches. Team’s bowling is a bit of concern as they have let other teams to put up huge total on the score board. None of the team bowler has made any impact through his bowling so far including their strike bowler Mitchell Johnson. Team’s expectations are from the opening batsman Virender Sehwag who has failed to deliver on the last two occasions while his fellow Pujara needs to improve his strike rate in this format of the game. Glenn Maxwell and David Miller have proved their presence known in IPL 2014 and both are the heroes for the team’s fantastic run chase on last two occasions. Captain George Bailey needs to come up in the batting order. KXIP is full of confidence and will be looking to crush Sunrisers Hyderabad in this match.
Timings: Match Scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM IST on 22 April 2014
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah (UAE)