Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad – Team News
Punjab have enjoyed an upswing in results since belatedly including Chris Gayle in the XI. That’ll likely continue, with the big-hitting West Indian a solid complement to openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.
Nicholas Pooran will be key in the middle order, while it’ll be interesting to see if they select all-rounder Jimmy Neesham ahead of Chris Jordan again.
Kane Williamson missed the match against Rajasthan due to injury. If he has recovered, he might filter back into the middle order, leaving David Warner at top alongside Jonny Bairstow.
While Hyderabad’s batting is packed with international stardom, their bowling attack is lined with local talent and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. The inclusion of Jason Holder is a boost, too.
Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Vijay Shankar need to support Khan and Holder better, though, if they are to remain in the hunt for a second IPL title.
The Sunrisers can look to lean on Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey again. The batting duo starred in the win over the Royals.
Punjab v Hyderabad – Squads
|KL Rahul (captain)
||David Warner (captain)
|Mujeeb ur Rahman
||Prithvi Raj Yarra