Kings KI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2015 Match 27 Preview: Struggling sides look to gain momentum
The match will be played by two teams in dire need of a victory © IANS

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 27 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Mohali on Monday. Both sides will be playing their second game in three days, and both sides will be coming off losses. The good news is, at least one of them will get back to winning ways. IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings

KXIP are currently languishing at the bottom of the points table. Their batting, which ensured they ended IPL 2014 as deserving finalists, has failed to click consistently. Their most vital player, Glenn Maxwell, has been woefully out of form. Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay have shown flashes of promise but have largely failed. Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, has been a massive let-down as well. IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

George Bailey has been in decent nick, while Shaun Marsh and David Miller have shown some form as well. Sandeep Sharma has been their saving grace with the ball, getting massive purchase off the wicket and keeping things tight at the death. Even Akshar Patel has been a pale shade of his former self. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

On the other hand, SRH are not particularly well-placed either. Barring Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner, none of their batsmen have looked particularly convincing. They have persisted with Ravi Bopara for some time now, and would perhaps be better served by Kane Williamson instead. Trent Boult and Dale Steyn have been decent, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the undisputed leader of the pace attack. Praveen Kumar too has chipped in, but SRH could consider looking toward the young duo of Chama Milind or Siddharth Kaul. IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

SRH’s pace department is well-stocked, but their spin cupboard is quite bare. Karn Sharma has been far from convincing, while Bipul Sharma and Parvez Rasool have not done much in the limited chances they got. Barring Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar, SRH have been let down by their Indian contingent. Much was expected out of Naman Ojha, but he has flattered to deceive, while KL Rahul has looked good but does not seem cut out for the shortest format. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

The match will be played at Mohali, which has traditionally helped the pace bowlers. Both teams could consider making changes accordingly. Shardul Thakur was in great form in Ranji Trophy 2014-15, and KXIP might consider picking him in place of one of the spinners. Local boy Manan Vohra could get a look-in as well in place of one of the struggling openers.

Ishant Sharma could be a viable option on a pitch that will suit his brand of hit-the-deck bowling, and SRH might consider bringing him back, along with Kaul or Milind in place of the spinner and Praveen. The only other possible change would be to bring Williamson back in place of Bopara.

The match will be played by two teams in dire need of a victory. Neither team is particularly confident at the moment, but KXIP will take heart in the home game and their track record last year. KXIP hold the advantage, but not by much.

Squads:

Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c), Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Mitchell Johnson, Murali Vijay, Shaun Marsh, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vohra, Thisara Perera, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Karanveer Singh, Nikhil Naik, Parvinder Awana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Yogesh Golwalkar, Beuran Hendricks, Shivam Sharma, Shardul Thakur.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Naman Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Ashish Reddy, Parvez Rasool, Moises Henriques, Ravi Bopara, Ricky Bhui, Chama Milind, Eoin Morgan, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Bipul Sharma, Hanuma Vihari.

Time: 20:00 IST

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)