IPL 2019 Match Preview: M48 – SRH VS KXIP: The two teams have had hot-and-cold campaigns and haven’t managed to carry momentum for more than two matches; both sides have five wins from eleven matches. Sunrisers Hyderabad, by virtue of a healthier net run rate complete the top four, while Kings XI Punjab, with a net run rate of -0.117, occupy the sixth position.
When: Monday, April 29, 2019, 8:00 PM
Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
What to expect: The track could be a tad on the slower side. It is expected to be another hot day in Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: SRH has the option of picking the ‘keeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami and use him as a floater at the top of the order. The hosts could also be tempted to select Mohammad Nabi as he has been a wicket-taker for them this season. Sandeep Sharma could also usurp Siddarth Kaul after the latter had a forgettable outing versus RR.
Probable XI: David Warner, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul/Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed
Kings XI Punjab: Ankit Rajpoot has been expensive over a couple of games and that could open up a slot for Arshdeep Singh or Sam Curran. Having said that Curran has also struggled for consistency while Arshdeep is only 19 and inexperienced. KXIP also has injury worries with both Moises Henriques and Mujeeb Ur Rahman sustaining injuries.
Probable XI: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran(w), Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot/Sam Curran/Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin Mohammed Shami
What they said:
“It is a very fine line in this game. It is important to move forward. We were always considering those options (sixth bowler). We thought it would reverse. It was best option to stick with five” – Kane Williamson, after the loss against RR.