Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have found themselves in a rabbit hole, losing four out of their five matches in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Placed at the bottom of the table, the only positive for them is their net run rate of +0.178 courtesy their heavy victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
The 10-wicket loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would have hit them badly. Their next match is against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday, September 8 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
If they win the game, they will move up to the seventh position, pushing Rajasthan Royals (RR) to the bottom. The Sunrisers, on the other hand, aren’t in the best of positions. They will be going to the game after a 34-run defeat to Mumbai Indians (MI) and would be looking to make amends.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Dubai has assisted the team, batting first. Only on one instance when CSK beat KXIP have a chasing team managed to emerge victorious. The batters have found it easy playing their strokes and have mostly targeted the short boundary.
The conditions will be warm with the temperature around 34 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be in the 50s with dew to play a role.
Playing Combinations for SRH vs KXIP
David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson/Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Glenn Maxwell/Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Probable Top Performers for SRH vs KXIP
David Warner– Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner has exceptional numbers against the Punjab-based franchise. In 17 games, the left-hander has 819 runs at an average and strike-rate of 54.60 and 142.19 respectively.
Most importantly, he has 10 half-centuries in those matches with a top score of 81. In the last match, he scored 60 runs, though it came in a losing cause, and it should keep him in a positive frame of mind.
KL Rahul– Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul is one of the leading run-scorers in this IPL, though KXIP, as a team, have strained to gather any sort of momentum. The right-hander is expected to be one of the key performers against SRH, bearing in mind his numbers.
In six matches, he has scored 262 runs at an average and strike-rate of 52.40 and 135.75 respectively. The Karnataka boy has three half-centuries with a top score of 79.
SRH vs KXIP Head to Head
Played- 14 | SRH won- 10 | KXIP won- 4 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 1 | SRH won- 0 | KXIP won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 177 (9 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1 | Lost- 8
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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