Both the Kings Eleven Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad are at the top of the points table with three victories for SRH and two wins for KXIP. Today they are to compete with head to head to make an easy way for play-offs. The Hyderabad team won all the three games they played, two on home grounds and one away. The KXIP lost a match to RCB at Chinnaswamy stadium. Both the teams compete at Mohali with their topmost spinners, Mujeeb Zadran for KXIP and Rashid Khan for SRH.
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Both the KXIP and SRH are known for their consistent line-up. SRH has a strong bowling attack while KXIP is an array of strong batsmen like Chris Gayle. The game will be played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, at 8 pm today.
If Kings Xi Punjab comes to bat first, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal may open the game. Three cricketers from Karnataka, namely, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, and Mayank Agarwal made some reasonable knocks in the three previous games. In addition, Chris Gayle came into form with his knock in the game against Chennai Super Kings. The fiery batsman, Aaron Finch was out of form and returned to the pavilion with a golden duck in the previous game. The all-rounders, Axar Patel and Marcus Stoinis did not make their mark till now.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad are known for their perfect batting attack as well as bowling. They have great bowlers in the world like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shakib-Al-Hasan, and Rashid Khan. Siddharth Kaul and Billy Stanlake are meant to support this trio.
The predicted score will be above 170 runs if KXIP bat first.
If SRH bats first, they may make a score of 180 runs or above. Shikhar Dhawan was in good form and may open the game along with the skipper Kane Williamson. Wriddhiman Saha may open the game or play at no.3. Manish Pandey and Deepak Hooda may enrich the middle-order and Shakib-Al- Hasan may come as the finisher along with Yusuf Pathan.
Mujeeb is one of the dangerous bowlers from the Punjab side with the economy rate of 6.75 and skipper Ashwin may repeat his haul as he did in the previous game but he is not doing well up to the expectations. Though Mohit Sharma and Andrew Tye were expensive with 10-11 runs per over, they are fiery pacers for the side.
This game is one of the examples of best vs best combat. With the home advantage, the Punjab players have more chances to win the game.