IPL 2020 Match 22 Preview: SRH vs KXIP - Down on points, Punjab still expected to outclass Hyderabad
After starting on a strong note, Kings XI Punjab have landed themselves in trouble after losing a couple of close matches and then losing their way.
Punjab have gradually slid down the IPL points table and now find themselves at the bottom with just one victory from five matches. What is even more disappointing is that they have failed to hone in on their best XI till now.
Who if not Rahul and Agarwal?
With KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal firing at the top, there isn't any room for Chris Gayle. Punjab brought in Mandeep Singh in place of Karun Nair in the last match. Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell are yet to play match-winning innings in the tournament while Sarfaraz Khan hasn't got enough opportunities.
Punjab have to show faith in Jordan and Ashwin
Chris Jordan has been in and out of the side. After being dropped following a poor game, Jordan was brought back into the attack in the last game in place of Jimmy Neesham but could not have any impact, finishing with figures of 3-0-0-42.
After trying Murugan Ashwin and Krishnappa Gowtham, Punjab gave a chance to Harpreet Brar in the last game who looked ordinary. Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell and Ravi Bishnoi have done well for the side but Punjab really need to decide on their remaining two bowlers.
Chris Jordan and Murugan Ashwin seem to be their best bets at the moment and the team has no choice but to trust them instead of making the players uncertain by constant chopping and changing.
Consistency required from SRH batting
Sunrisers Hyderabad seemed to have turned the tide after back to back victories but their 34-run defeat against Mumbai Indians in their last game exposed some of their deficiencies again.
With an unproven batting order after Kane Williamson, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have not been able to go all out, which has affected the team's run rate. However, with Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad, the team still has some options to improve on that front.
After Bhuvi's injury, Hyderabad have big hole to fill
It is their bowling which is hurting them. In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the team tried Siddharth Kaul, who had a disastrous match the last time around, conceding as many as 64 runs from his 4 overs.
SRH have the options of Shahbaz Nadeem, Basil Thampi and Khaleel Ahmed on the bench. They can also rest Jonny Bairstow and bring in in somebody like a Billy Stanlake or Jason Holder to bolster their bowling.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) - Lokesh Rahul(c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) - David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma/K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Shahbaz Nadeem
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