Hyderabad, April 16: Back-to-back losses denting their confidence, defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) would look to put their campaign back on track when they take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their IPL match here tomorrow (April 17).
The Sunrisers had a perfect start this season by
winning their first two games - against Royal Challengers
Bangalore and Gujarat Lions - at home. However, they lost
two matches away from home - against Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Come tomorrow, it would be an opportunity for SRH to bounce back on their home turf. The team possessed one of the best bowling attacks in IPL-10 with the likes of pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Afghanistan's Rashid Khan, the experienced Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting, Bangladesh's Mustafizzur Rahman and all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques in their ranks.
Bhuvneshwar has been outstanding, especially in death overs, and the young Rashid has emerged as a crucial bowler for the side with his unique leg-spin bowling.
The other bowlers, including Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting and Rahman, can put any batsmen to test. Bangladeshi pacer Rahman, who conceded 19 runs from his first over to return with poor figures of 2.4-0-34-0 against Mumbai, would be keen to make amends and demonstrate his capabilities.
SRH openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have been giving good starts to their innings but the other batsmen, especially those who batted at the middle order would do well by raising the bar.
The middle order, comprising Moises Henriques, seasoned Yuvraj Singh and Deepak Hooda, did put up a strong show to see their side romp home in the first two matches.
4 points each
On the points table, both SRH and KXIP have four points each from an equal number of matches.
The Punjab side has also won their first two matches and lost the next two, much like SRH, and they too would aim to get their momentum back.
The visiting side have some dangerous batsmen, especially the three Ms - David Miller, Glenn Maxwell and Eoin Morgan - who can pile up runs.
Their bowling unit includes the reliable Mohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma who is familiar with the conditions in Hyderabad as he played for SRH and also Deccan Chargers earlier.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.
Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (captain), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.
Match starts 8 PM IST - LIVE on Sony SIX, Sony Max, Sony ESPN
Also playing on Monday - Delhi Vs Kolkata in Delhi - 4 PM
Tuesday's (April 18) match
Gujarat Vs Bangalore in Rajkot - 8 PM
Hyderabad's next match - Vs Delhi in Hyderabad on April 19 (Wednesday) - 8 PM
Punjab's next match - Vs Mumbai in Indore on April 20 (Thursday) - 8 PM