SRH vs KXIP: Sunrisers Hyderabad aim for a win in David Warner’s final IPL 2019 match vs Kings XI Punjab

David Warner will be aiming to finish his scintillating campaign on a high even as Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s brittle middle-order face a tricky test against Kings XI Punjab in Match 48 of IPL 2019.

With both teams locked on 10 points from 11 games, a win will give either some breathing space ahead of their final two matches.

For Hyderabad, KXIP encounter is the last game where they can avail the services of Warner before he leaves home for Australia’s World Cup preparations alongside Steven Smith and Marcus Stoinis.

KXIP led by their mercurial skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will be aiming to be more consistent in winning key moments of the game.

Just like Sunrisers, even Kings XI Punjab’s batting top heavy which has been reflected in their performance throughout the season.

What: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 48

When: April 29 (Monday)

Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Time: 8 pm IST

On TV: Star Network (in India)

Weather: Maximum of 42 degrees with 29 per cent Humidity expected

Team News

Sunriser Hyderabad

SRH were hampered by Jonny Bairstow’s departure in the last game and against Rajasthan Royals in their previous game, even though the top-three of Warner, Williamson and Manish Pandey, delivered, the middle-order faltered once again. It has been a revolving chair between Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan with neither managing any substantial contribution. To strengthen the middle-order Williamson will need to bat in the lower down, meaning Martin Guptill may a get a game with Warner as his opening partner, before he takes over from the Australian from the next game.  

Probable XI: 1.David Warner, 2.Kane Williamson (c)/Martin Guptill, 3.Manish Pandey, 4.Vijay Shankar, 5.Deepak Hooda, 6.Shakib Al Hasan, 7.Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8.Rashid Khan, 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10.Siddarth Kaul, 11.Khaleel Ahmed

Kings XI Punjab

KXIP find themselves at the wrong side of the points table muddle and a win is imperative for them to keep going in the tournament. They conceded 202 runs to RCB in their last game, but managed 185 of their own in Bangalore. Looking at the Uppal track, they may add Harpreet Brar in place of Hardu Viljoen and Moises Henriques for David Miller.

Probable XI: 1.KL Rahul, 2.Chris Gayle, 3.Mayank Agarwal, 4.David Miller/Moises Henriques, 5.Nicolas Pooran, 6.Mandeep Singh, 7.Ravichandran Ashwin, 8.Hardus Viljoen, Harpreet Brar, 9.Murugan Ashwin, 10.Mohammad Shami, 11.Ankit Rajpoot

Head to Head

These two teams have fought each other 13 times in the past. SRH have emerged victorious in 9 games, while the KXIP have managed to win only 4 times. KXIP won the match by 6 wickets when these two met earlier in the season.

Matches played: 13

Won by SRH: 9

Won by KXIP: 4

No Result: 0

“We need to take early wickets to get quickly to the middle-order (of SRH) which suffered from the top-order doing so well in this IPL” – Ryan Harris, KXIP bowling coach.