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Match Preview: Gujarat Lions v Sunrisers Hyderabad - IPL 2017

Openers will once again remain key for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Openers will once again remain key for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Match details

May 13, 2017, 04:00pm local time (10:30am GMT)

The defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) find themselves in a must-win situation when they take on Gujarat Lions (GL) in their final group stage encounter at Green Park in Kanpur.

At one stage SRH looked comfortable for a top two finish but lost their plot in the middle and now find themselves with 15 points from 13 matches. A win on Saturday will assure them a place in the top four but they can still make it to the play-off even if they lose, provided Rising Pune Supergiant manage to defeat Kings XI Punjab in the final game of the group stage on Sunday.

The return to form of Shikhar Dhawan as seen in the game against Mumbai Indians is a welcome sign but Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh continue to remain doubtful for the clash. David Warner with 535 runs this season will once again remain key while Moises Henriques has been consistent with the bat. SRH might very well be tempted to strengthen their batting with Kane Williamson's inclusion in the place of Mohammad Nabi, who had a good outing against Mumbai.

On the other hand, Gujarat Lions are already out of contention for the play-off - a complete different picture as compared to the previous edition where they went on to top the table. They have managed just four wins from 13 games and will head to Saturday's match after losing four out of their last five clashes.

Despite, a poor campaign, Suresh Raina will be hoping for his team to finish the the season with a victory provided they improve as a bowling unit. After losing Andrew Tye to injury, even though Basil Thampi has redeemed himself, the rest of the bowling has struggled especially in picking wickets. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja hardly created an impact this season with just five wickets from 11 games at an economy of over nine.

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Likely XI's

SRH will be tempted to bring Williamson and Bipul Sharma in the place of Nabi and Yuvraj.

1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. David Warner (captain), 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Kane Williamson / Mohammad Nabi, 5. Naman Ojha (wk), 6. Yuvraj Singh / Bipul Sharma, 7. Vijay Shanker, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Siddharth Kaul, 11. Mohammad Siraj

GL might retain the same side that narrowly lost against Delhi Daredevils.

1. Dwayne Smith, 2. Ishan Kishan, 3. Suresh Raina (captain), 4. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5. Aaron Finch, 6. Ravindra Jadeja, 7. James Faulkner, 8. Dhawal Kulkarni, 9. Pradeep Sangwan, 10. Ankit Soni, 11. Basil Thampi

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