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Kings XI Punjab VS. Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Kings XI Punjab VS. Sunrisers Hyderabad

 

The way these squads have shaped up these two seem to be strong candidates for the top 4. I would be surprised if SRH does not actually end up at the top. No side to this date looks balanced enough to beat them. Kings XI, lead by Ashwin, has also been impressive but do they have the mettle to beat SRH.

 

What SRH have?

 

SRH have five bowlers who are world class. Their Bowling attack to well suited for any form of cricket from Tests to T20 and everyone seems to be in form as well. Their Bench and replacements are equally lethal. The only match Bhuvi missed, Sandeep Sharma was called in and he turned out to be better than what Bhuvneshwar was in previous outing. Any side will happily trade the bowlers on bench.


 

What Kings XI have?

 

Lokesh Rahul, precisely. He is in too good form to be missed. Gayle played last match and played like universe boss after a long time. Not as lethal as he used to be but efficient. Yuvraj and Aaron finch have contributed very little but still they have managed a few wins. They have also tried to make up a strong bowling line up from the squad they got. No one expected Mujeeb to be a direct entrant in the 11 but he was included and he is such a find. CSK captain Dhoni mentioned Mujeeb as the difference between the two sides.


 

Probable 11:

 

SRH

 

Well, they have a lot of options warming the bench but it is still unlikely that any of them is going to get any chance. We predict same 11.

 

Wriddhiman Saha, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake

 

Their middle order has failed to date and that might be the only chance Kings XI has to be in this game. Get Dhawan early in fact as early as possible. I assume teams need to be smart playing SRH and better will be to bat first against them. Their bowling is their strength and that shall be seen first. I don’t think Kings XI can make more than 160-170 against this line at max.

 

Alternate theory

 

Sandeep Sharma who has performed consistently for Kings XI last season could be drafted in. He has lot of experience of this Mohali ground. So, it needs to be seen who gets replaced. My pick would be Siddharth Kaul. Billy Stanlake can be moved out but only if they have plans to try Alex Hales now.



 

Kings XI

 

 

Last match, ashwin mentioned gayle was drafted in only because CSK does not have any out and out fast bowlers, who can dismiss gayle early. So, It’s quite a strong possibility that he may again be warming bench because SRH has exactly that thing. Aaron finch or Mayank Agarwal may open alongside. Chances of Yuvraj going out despite his bad form are low because in absence of Axar he is their only option as a third spinner. Marcus Stoinis or David Miller may get their position back. We prefer Marcus, who has been consistent for them.

 

KL Rahul,  Aaron Finch , Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

 

Dream11:

 

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Kane Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Sidharth Kaul, Brinder Sran, Rashid Khan, Ashwin, Mujeeb.

 

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