The action moves to Mohali for match #22 in the Indian Premier League 2019 season, as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) welcome Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Both sides have a 3-2 win-loss record this season and both sides are coming off heavy losses.
Interestingly, SRH have the advantage over KXIP, winning nine of the 12 matches. That includes winning seven of the last eight and a 4-1 record at this venue. However, KXIP have won their last six matches in Mohali, including two this season.
Inconsistencies continue to plague KXIP, who keep banking on Sarfaraz Khan (165 runs, SR 126.92) for their runs. Chris Gayle needs to be back at his firing best, although middle-order woes remain a concern.
Captain Ravichandran Ashwin (six wickets, ER 7.35) and Murugan Ashwin (ER 6.70) continue to excel, but the poor returns of overseas imports Andrew Tye (ER 9.58) and Hardus Viljoen (ER 8.90) remains their Achilles Heel.
The success of their opening combination David Warner (279 runs @ SR 158.52) and Jonny Bairstow (262 runs @ 166.87) papers the cracks over their middle-order. With Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda failing, SRH have a lot to worry about.
Mohammad Nabi (seven wickets, ER 3.75) has been exceptional in the three matches he played, while Rashid Khan (ER 6.00) remains difficult to hit out. With the other regular bowlers slowly returning to form, SRH’s bowling unit is showing improvements.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Chris Gayle has 386 runs at this venue in seven matches at a SR of 164.26. His scores in his last six innings are: 40, 104*, 63, 17, 61 & 87. Time to lock him in your fantasy side!
KL Rahul has 192 runs in five matches at this venue playing for KXIP. His venue SR of 151.18 is much better than his career SR of 137.94. His ability to play until deep in the innings could be an asset.
David Warner has three 50+ scores in his five innings in IPL 2019 and has three fifties in three innings for SRH at this venue.
KXIP: 1 Chris Gayle 2 KL Rahul (WK) 3 Mayank Agarwal 4 Sarfaraz Khan 5 David Miller 6 Moises Henriques 7 Ravichandran Ashwin (C) 8 Sam Curran 9 Murugan Ashwin 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Ankit Rajpoot
SRH: 1 David Warner 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Vijay Shankar 4 Manish Pandey 5 Deepak Hooda 6 Abhishek Sharma 7 Mohammad Nabi 8 Rashid Khan 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Siddharth Kaul 11 Khaleel Ahmed
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