World News – GB – IPL 2020 SRH vs KXIP Preview: Punjab looks to bounce back after dismal spectacle

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Last updated on October 7, 2020 6:39 PM IST

With their bowling attacks struggling to find form, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to their powerful hitters to get the job done when the two erratic teams face off in an IPL match here on Thursday.

KXIP is currently languishing at the bottom of the table after losing four of its five games, while SRH is only slightly better at sixth after two wins and three losses so far

KXIP’s strength lies in a formidable opening duo Skipper KL Rahul has been in scintillating form this year, marking two fifties and a century, while Mayank Agarwal also has half a century and a ton to his name. The two did the heavy lifting for the team

But despite the strong batting performance, KXIP couldn’t win due to their disappointing bowling attack. Apart from Mohammed Shami, all the other bowlers failed to take the wickets, conceding far too many points in the death overs

They couldn’t defend 223 against Rajasthan In their loss of 10 wickets in the previous outing, KXIP bowlers were out of breath as Chennai Super Kings revised a target of 178 points with 14 balls and 10 counters to resell

And next Thursday, the Sunrisers, who are fortunate enough to have a good top order made up of Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson, will look to exploit the low-confidence KXIP bowling unit.

Having lost their first two games due to the middle order, Sunrisers solved the problem by bringing Williamson into the lineup at the expense of a full option.

Skipper Warner backed youngsters Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad to replace the fifth bowler and the risk paid off as the former champions won two trotting matches

However, the Orange Army suffered a severe blow when senior paacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was excluded from the tournament due to a thigh muscle injury.

In the absence of Bhuvneshwar, the Sunrisers struggled with their bowling Outside of T Natarajan, stimulators Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul fled from the lanes

Samad was also expensive, which led Warner to look to Williamson to win two off-spin overs against Mumbai

In the future, there will be additional pressure on Yorker specialist Natarajan and star spinner Rashid Khan

Sunrisers face the conundrum of stability in the middle range or strengthening their bowling attack

They have the option of playing the experienced Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi or Fabian Allen from the West Indies, but that would mean Willamson will have to take time off.

Teams (from):
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Khan, Bashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma , Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran (sem), Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh (sem), Jagadeesha Suchith, Tajinder Singh, Hardus Viljoen

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