Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will host SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL 2020 clash at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday. SRH clinched victory in the previous match to stay a float in the race to the playoffs. By the virtue of the victory, SRH are on the fifth place in the points table with eight points from 10 outings.
Manish Pandey looked in fine touch in the previous game with his match-winning knock. Vijay Shankar made a slow start to the chase but looked to have found his touch with the bat and ball. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have been inconsistent while T Natarajan and Khaleel Ahmed will be the key in fast bowling.
Australia opener David Warner is a prolific batsman to have at the top of the order. He had played some match-winning knocks for SRH in the previous edition of the IPL and will look to continue from where he left. Warner is a destructive batsman at the top of the order and if he unleashes himself then SRH can put up big totals on board.
England top-order batsman Jonny Bairstow plays perfect second fiddle to Warner and the duo compliment each others game. Bairstow and Warner had notched up some decisive partnerships in the previous edition of IPL. The pair had shown that they can build up a 100-run stand with ease and SRH will be hoping that the duo continues to do so.
After missing in the initial matches, Kane Williamson has returned to the SRH XI and added strength to their batting line-up. He has looked in good touch and scored crucial runs for the side to add balance. Williamson will be a key batsman in the SRH top-order comprising Warner, Bairstow and Pandey.
Priyam Garg has turned out to be one of the exceptional young talents in the IPL 2020. He showed his batting prowess in the match against CSK as he notched up an unbeaten 51 off 26 deliveries to help his side reach a defendable total. His knock was laced with six boundaries and one hit over the fence. SRH will hope Garg continues to play such cameo in the middle-order in the upcoming matches.
Young Abhishek Sharma has turned out to be handy for SRH. He can play cameo knock and can also prove to be handy with the ball. Sharma scored 31 runs off 24 deliveries in the match against CSK. If he can also pick up wickets it can come really handy for the side.
Groomed by player-cum-coach Irfan Pathan, scouted by VVS Laxman, hard-hitting batsman Abdul Samad became the third player from Jammu and Kashmir to feature in the Indian Premier League with his SunRisers Hyderabad debut. Parvez Rasool and Rasikh Salam were the first-two players in that order to feature in the IPL while Manzoor Dar never got a game. He is a bright prospect and can work in the role of a finisher for SRH.
Rashid Khan, after featuring in the CPL 2020, will look to weave his magic in the IPL 2020. He has proved his spin bowling prowess in franchise leagues around the world and has emerged as of the finest spinners on the international cricket. Rashid has an experience of playing 211 T20s where he has picked up 296 wickets. As far as his national team is concerned, he has 23 wickets in Test, 133 in ODIs and 89 in the shortest format of the game.
Siddarth Kaul will be hoping for an improved show in the IPL 2020. He has been known for leaking away a lot of runs but this time around he will hope to better his bowling and help his side with his brilliance.
Khaleel Ahmed rose up to the ranks after his brilliant bowling for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) which helped him find a place in the national team squad. The lanky left-handed pacer will look to hit the right areas and make the batsmen toil for runs.
T Natarajan has bowled well in the IPL 2020. He will be looking to lead the SRH bowling line-up in absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The fast bowler will be the key in Hyderabad set-up and will be expected to pick up early wickets.