SRH vs KXIP Preview Likely XI’s Predictions : Match 22 Dream 11 IPL 2020

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SRH vs KXIP Preview: The context

In this article we will be looking at the SRH vs KXIP preview, likely XI’s and make a prediction for our winner for today’s game.

If net run rate(NRR) were to be a primary criteria for deciding the IPL table instead of points gained, KXIP would take the third spot behind Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals.

Watch – SRH vs KXIP 2019 Match 48

In reality though, they are sitting at the bottom of the table with just one win from five games. They take on Sunrisers Hyderabad, in the 22nd game of the IPL 2020, who have won two out of five and take the number six spot.

Mujeeb in the reckoning?

While both teams are in dire need of a win, it is Punjab who need it more after the 10 wickets thrashing at the hands of last year finalists. Failing to take a single wicket against CSK, their bowling attack certainly needs a change. Mujeeb-ur Rahman could come in for either Chris Jordan or Sheldon Cottrell to provide some teeth into their attack in the middle overs.

TAROUBA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – SEPTEMBER 06: Mujeeb-ur-Rahman (R) and Jermaine Blackwood (L) of Jamaica Tallawahs celebrate the dismissal of Mark Deyal of St Lucia Zouks during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match 30 between St Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs at Brian Lara Cricket Academy on September 6, 2020 in Tarouba, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Punjab’s batting has offered them some respite with both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal in the top three of the tournament’s highest run getters chart. With Pooran also finding his feet, Punjab would hope Maxwell finds his touch as well to make it a formidable top 4.

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Break loose the shackles

SRH, on the other hand, have been plagued by injuries to some of their key players in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitchell Marsh. Despite the injuries they still have a more than decent attack which includes the ever reliable Rashid Khan, Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Sharma. Siddharth Kaul may make way for Khaleel Ahmed who is expected to be fit after missing out the game against Mumbai on the weekend.

Watch – SRH vs KXIP 2019 Match 22

VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA – MAY 08: Rashid Khan of the Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates taking the wicket of Axar Patel of the Delhi Capitals during the Indian Premier League IPL Eliminator Final match between the Delhi Capitals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad at ACA-VDCA Stadium on May 08, 2019 in Visakhapatnam, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Their top order haven’t lived up to the lofty standards set in the last edition of the league. While they have occupied the crease and have scored runs, it has come at a very low strike rate of 128 against 164 in 2019 owing to team’s heavy reliance on top four. The management along with the skipper would be hoping to break free from the shackes, now that the lower middle order has shown them glimpses of their capabilities in the win against CSK.

Head to head: 10-4 in favour of SRH

Last five: 3-2 SRH’s favour

Our SRH vs KXIP preview concludes that SRH have a massive overall advantage over the KXIP in the IPL.

SRH vs KXIP Preview: Stat attack

*M Shami is two away from completing the 50 IPL wickets milestone

*M Pandey needs another 10 to join the 3000 IPL runs club

SRH vs KXIP Preview: Possible XI’s

Kings XI Punjab player Chris Gayle with teammate during the practice session ahead the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan ,India on Sunday, March 24,2019. (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordon/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Harpreet Brar/M Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan

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From the pre-match buildup

It should happen soon. As I said, it needs to happen sooner than later. We don’t want to bring them when every game is a must win game. Hopefully, we will have those guys featuring soon
— Wasim Jaffer on The prospect of Mujeeb and Gayle featuring in the playing 11.

Prediction

SRH vs KXIP Preview: We expect SRH to win.
NEW DELHI, INDIA-APRIL 02: IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad team player, David Warner clicked during a media meet at Hotel Le Meridian, in New Delhi. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/The India Today Group via Getty Images)

SRH have developed an identity playing a certain brand of cricket with more or less the same group of core players over the years and back themselves to make it work while Punjab are nowhere close to stringing together their best 11 yet and that could be the differential.

SRH might just edge out KXIP in crunch moments to clinch the 2 points according to our preview.

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