Table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will host Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 54th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. The Orange Army has already assured themselves a top-two finish in the league-stage points tally.
However, Kane Williamson-led side lost their last two matches. Thus, they will like to return to the winning ways to get back their much-needed confidence before the playoffs.
On the other hand, if Knight Riders are able to win this do-or-die encounter, then the Men in Purple will see themselves through to the final four.
Dinesh Karthik-led team has Net Run Rate in minus and they would not like to rely on other teams.
When these two teams had met early in the season, Sunrisers were able to cruise to a five-wicket win.
Here is a look at the Predicted Playing XI of the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Shikhar Dhawan has returned back to form in the last couple of matches.
This is a positive sign for the Hyderabad team as Dhawan can provide a good start.
Alex Hales had given a good platform in the last game against RCB. The England opener had scored a quickfire 37 off just 24 balls.
Kane Williamson is batting at the top of his game. SRH skipper is leading from the front both in the field as well as with the bat. Williamson has scored 625 runs thus far.
One of the positives for SRH in the last match was Manish Pandey returning to form. The right-hander had scored 62 off just 38 balls.
Deepak Hooda is successful in providing the finishing touches to SRH.
Moreover, the all-rounder can also chip in a couple of overs.
Shakib Al Hasan:
Shakib Al Hasan has done a good job for the SRH. The Bangladesh all-rounder has delivered with both the bat as well as the ball.
Hyderabad will like to get back to winning ways after losing their last two matches.
As Wriddhiman Saha is injured, it is giving a good opportunity for Goswami to showcase his skills. The gloveman has done a decent job thus far.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had missed the last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, SRH pack leader should return back to action against KKR.
Rashid Khan has bowled with great success in the IPL. The leg-spinner had bagged three wickets in the previous match. Afghan spinner has scalped 16 wickets thus far.
Siddharth Kaul has taken the beating in the last three matches. Kaul will like to bounce back with a better performance for his team.
Sandeep Sharma has got the ball to swing in the initial stages of the innings.