Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 8:30pm IST -Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Jaipur
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be desperate for a strong comeback against the in-form Kings XI Punjab in the 25th game of Indian Premier League.
Having lost their last two games, Hyderabad will be keen to get back to its winning ways in this home fixture.
The side has suffered a setback with veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan sidelined due to an injury.
In the absence of David Warner and now without Dhawan, Hyderabad might be tempted to give England opener Alex Hales an opportunity at the top of the innings.
Wriddhiman Saha might just keep his place in the side with Shakib Al Hasan and Billy Stanlake nearly certain to play.
The absence of Dhawan will definitely put a lot of burden on captain Kane Williamson, who will have to do bulk of the scoring for the side.
Middle-order batsman Manish Pandey needs to spend some time in the middle in order to get runs for the side. Hard-hitting Yusuf Pathan played well in the last game against Chennai and looked to have found form with the bat. He is certainly a match-winner in this format.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib needs to be properly utilized in the batting order. The left-hander needs to bat at no.4 to provide quick runs for the side.
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Leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been ineffective in the last couple of matches as opposition have tried to go after him from the start. The Leg-spinner will be crucial for Hyderabad in the middle and he needs to provide breakthroughs to put pressure back on the opposition.
On the other hand, Punjab is coming into the game on the back of some impressive performances, which have certainly surprised a lot of cricket pundits.
The acquisition of West Indies explosive opener Chris Gayle is turning out to be a masterstroke by the franchise. Gayle has looked in menacing form and amassed 229 runs from three games.
He will certainly be relishing the chance to face Hyderabad, as last time, he produced an outstanding ton to end Williamson-led side’s winning streak.
Lokesh Rahul has been in mesmerizing form with the bat as well, and has provided blazing starts for Punjab.
Punjab’s middle order has not been tested so far as Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair will be keen to get more opportunities with the bat. The experienced duo of Yuvraj Singh and Aaron Finch does make team’s batting lineup incredibly strong.
Barindar Sran, Andrew Tye and Mohit Sharma have done well for the side, whereas Captain Ravichandran Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are two premier spin options.
The last time these two sides met, Punjab came out on top with a 15-run victory at Mohali.
Kane Williamson betting specials
To score 50: +270 at Betway Sports
Top Hyderabad batsman: +260 at Betway Sports
In the absence of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan, Captain Kane Williamson has been the in-form batsman for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season. He has chipped in with consistently good scores. Williamson will be keen to get a big score to get his side back to winning ways.
Chris Gayle betting specials
To score 50: +182 at Betway Sports
Top Kings XI batsman: +188 at Betway Sports
Chris Gayle has been in phenomenal form with the bat for Kings XI Punjab. His inclusion has definitely added strength to the side. Kings XI will be hoping he will fit and available for this game after missing the previous game with sore back.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab tip
Kings XI Punjab has won four games on the trot and that form will continue in this contest – they are paying -105.26 at Betway Sports.
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