IPL 2018: 25th Match, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab – KXIP Predicted XI
However, KXIP is now the form team in the tournament with their four-match winning streak.
High on confidence, the visitors are looking to make it five in a row.
Here’s the predicted XI for Kings XI Punjab.
‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle suffered a strain while playing against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens.
As a result, Gayle had to miss out on the game against Delhi Daredevils (DD) and should be coming back into action against Sunrisers.
Sunrisers were demolished by the Gayle force which hit them in Mohali. Yet again, the onus would be on Gayle-Rahul to provide them with a thunderous start.
If the wicket remains batting friendly, unlike the game against CSK, KL Rahul is bound to dominate the bowling attack. Rahul already has a couple of Man of the Match awards to his name.
In the game against Delhi Daredevils, Mayank Agarwal played a pretty 21 but handed his wicket soon after.
The record scorer in a domestic season has to find a way to register something substantial during the ongoing Tweny20 domestic professional league.
Karun Nair displayed an immense maturity for his knock of 34, with wickets falling around him. His knock, as well as David Miller’s in the end, ensured that the Kings XI Punjab side reached a par total in front of the struggling Daredevils at home.
Aaron Finch was introduced at the opening slot in the absence of Gayle.
However, Finch could not utilize the opportunity and gave his wicket cheaply. This has been the story of one of best T20 batsmen in the world, this season.
After the match against Daredevils, it can be safely stated that Yuvraj Singh is struggling during the twilight stage of his career.
The southpaw struggled his way to his 14 runs of 17 balls, a strike rate unacceptable in the format.
Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is playing the role of a leader who bowls four quality overs for his side. His spin would be crucial if the surface provided at Hyderabad offers assistance.
Ashwin was economical in the game against Delhi, which caused the hosts to choke under the pressure while chasing the modest total.
The ace off-spinner would be jubilant to see his team in a four-match winning streak, pressing for the fifth.
For the nth time this season, Andrew Tye bowled a decisive spell and also affected three dismissals, conceding only 25 in his four overs, an economy of a shade over six an over.
Former SRH bowler, Barinder Sran struggled during the match against Delhi Daredevils and proved to be a liability for Ashwin.
However, he came back in his final over – to bowl the decisive penultimate over, to turn the tide towards his side.
Mujeeb Ur Rehman:
The Afghan’s bowling figures were identical to that of Andrew Tye as he clinched a couple of wickets and conceded the same amount of runs.
Man of the Match from the previous match in Delhi, Ankit Rajpoot bowled a lethal spell with the new ball, clinching a couple of wickets, and conceding runs below five an over.
Rajpoot now has two successive good games, coming in place of Mohit Sharma, and remove the only possible weak link in the bowling attack of Kings XI Punjab.
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