Hyderabad, May 10: Placed comfortably to confirm a berth in the last four in the ongoing Indian Premier League(IPL), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will look to consolidate their gains when they take on beleaguered Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium here on Monday.
After struggling to find the right momentum, the David Warner-led side improved its stock in the recent matches and it now stands at fourth position in the points table following its six-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in Raipur on Saturday.
SRH's concern is their middle-order
The weak area for Sunrisers has been their middle-order, which was expected to complement the effort of its swashbuckling openers, Warner and Shikhar Dhawan.
However, the middle-order batsmen like Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan and Naman Ojha have come up with impressive performances in recent matches. Leg-spinner Karn Sharma has also come in handy with the bat.
Henriquess' unbeaten 74 runs in 46 balls led the team to score a significant win against Delhi Daredevils, which brought the team in real contention for the play-offs.
SRH's bowling has been their strength
The star-studded bowling attack, including Dale Steyn, Trent Boult, Bhunveshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Karn has been the potent weapon of the Hyderabad-based side.
The upbeat mood in the camp and the advantage of playing at home, is sure to give any rival team a run for its money. SRH beat the table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in their last home match on May 2.
Hapless KXIP have only pride to play for
The Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, is languishing at the bottom of the points table having won just two matches and four points in the tournament.
The Punjab side, the runners-up in last year's tournament, has not been able to play to its full potential despite having big names like Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson.
Though KXIP has only a few matches left in the tournament, they would like to salvage some pride by defeating SRH in their own den.
Match starts 8 PM IST
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Moises Henriques, Lokesh Rahul, Parvez Rasool, Naman Ojha, Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Chama Milind, Karn Sharma, Kane Williamson, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Trent Boult, Praveen Kumar, Hanuma Vihari, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (captain), Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Karanveer Singh, Manan Vihra, Mitchell Johnson, Parvinder Awana, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Shivam Sharma, Thisara Perera, Virender Singh, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalkar