Warner's army has one of the most lethal bowling attacks in the competition © AFP
Warner’s army has one of the most lethal bowling attacks in the competition © AFP

MS Dhoni‘s Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) are all set to lock horns with David Warner‘s Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Match 40 of the ninth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. While the RPS team has struggled to perform well and win ample matches to claim one of the top four positions in the points table so far, SRH have been in a tremendous form with a lethal bowling attack and steady batting. In the match where the ‘Orange Army’ are undoubtedly the favorites, here is the likely XI that Warner might consider playing with. Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 40 at Visakhapatnam

Top-order: The SRH batting consists of a unique combination of two powerful left-hand openers in the likes of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan. While Warner has been thoroughly consistent throughout the tournament so far, scoring runs 458 and 5 half-centuries as of now, Dhawan’s responsible knock of 82 runs in the last game against Mumbai Indians (MI) proved that the batsman means business and is back in action. Following these two, comes out Kane Williamson who is again a name who can turn around the situations any time. With three big talents occupying the top three in the batting order, the team is sure to give nightmares to the opponent bowlers.

Middle-order: The game against MI brought many positives along apart from the victory. While Shikhar Dhawan made a strong comeback, it was also the match where Yuvraj Singh played his natural game and that is good news for the side. The team will eek Yuvraj’s consistency and hope him to perform like he did in the previous match. Yuvraj can provide a momentum to the game which Moises Henriques, coming out next to him, can carry forward. The team has wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha coming out next and there will also be Deepak Hooda, who has recently done well in the domestic circuit.

Bowlers: Warner’s army has one of the most lethal bowling attack in the competition and the two names that the team will depend a lot upon has to be Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman. Nehra, who was the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell in the last match, has proved that age is just a number. The player is doing better with every passing day and will be the leading bowler for the team. On the other hand is young Mustafizur, who has his famous off-cutters to attack the opponent batting line-up with. Apart from these two, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also be another important name who has shone in the series. Barinder Sran and Moises Henriques complete their bowling action.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)