IPL 2017 Match 19 SH vs KXIP : Sunrisers Hyderabad seek to regain stability against Kings XI Punjab

We are on the verge of completing two weeks in the Indian Premier League season and fans couldn’t have asked for more excitement from the cash-rich league. The hustle to stay at the helm between the teams has been entertaining and a lot more is expected to come.

Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad who began the campaign with a riveting win are now placed at number four position. In the second game on Monday, the David Warner-led side will be taking on Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad. Punjab on the other hand are just behind Sunrisers at number five for now. With two wins and two losses each under their belt, both the teams would be looking for improved performances.

Both Kings XI Punjab as well Sunrisers Hyderabad are coming into this match with two losses on the trot in their last respective games and would be looking to gain some momentum back.

SH vs KXIP Match 19 IPL 2017

What’s in the kitty

Sunrisers Hyderabad are playing at home and they are pretty strong force while playing on the home turf.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan are on song while Yuvraj Singh’s cameo in the last game went in vain but it showed the kind of middle-order batting line up that Sunrisers posses.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar again a winner despite dip in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s show

Bhuvneshwar, 27, the leading wickettaker in IPL 2016 with 23 wickets, helped Sunrisers claim the title, and is again proving a quiet success. He leads the bowling charts with 10 wickets going into the team’s fifth match, against Kings XI Punjab at home on Monday.

Bhuvi leads his teammate Rashid Khan, the teenaged Afghan leg spinner who has caught the imagination of the cricket world with subtle variations. He has taken seven wickets to be tied with Delhi Daredevils’ Chris Morris, Andrew Tye of Gujarat Lions and MI’s Mitch McClenaghan. Rising Pune Supergiant’s South African leg spinner, Imran Tahir, too had seven ahead of Sunday’s clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Bhuvneshwar was the stand out player for SRH in the last two games, though they lost to Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of the stars of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s triumphant IPL 2016 campaign, is once again leading the bowling charts in IPL 2017.(BCCI)

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IPL 2017, Match 14 Result :Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs

Kolkata, April 15: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs thanks to a brilliant innings from Robin Uthappa.

Robin Uthappa struck a gritty 68 off 39 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders recover from a jittery start and post 172 for six against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL match here today (April 15).

 

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Robin Uthappa (left) and Manish Pandey (Image courtesy: BCCI)

Put in to bat, the two-time champions had the worst start of the season with scorecard reading 40 for two in the Powerplay after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/20) and Rashid Khan (1/29) dismissed Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir respectively in six overs.

However, the Sunrisers failed to make further in-roads in the middle overs and the Karnataka duo of Uthappa and Manish Pandey put on a solid 77-run partnership from 52 balls.

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IPL 2017, Match 14 KKR vs SH : Kolkata Knight Riders take on Sunrisers Hyderabad with revenge on their minds

Buoyant Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue their winning momentum when they face defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

It will be a battle between the two top bowling sides of the IPL and Kolkata will hope to avenge their defeat in the Eliminator round last season.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir congratulates teammate Kuldeep Yadav for a wicket during the IPL. AFP

After a win and a loss, the two-time former champions began their campaign at home with an eight-wicket thrashing of Kings XI Punjab with 21 balls to spare last night.

Their 11th successive run-chase at Eden Gardens, which began in the triumphant 2012 season, was made possible by another Gautam Gambhir masterstroke in letting Sunil Narine open the innings as the duo killed their chase with their best ever Powerplay display of 76 runs.

The KKR ‘mystery’ spinner showed his skill with the bat, slamming three sixes and four boundaries en route to a 18-ball 37 after regular opener Chris Lynn unfortunately aggravated his old shoulder injury.

The victory was no lesser than KKR’s 10-wicket win in the opening match against Gujarat Lions where Lynn and Gambhir shared a T20 record opening stand of 184.

KKR’s spirited run was halted by Mumbai Indians in their second match but last night’s victory with Narine shining with the bat will boost the team which is struggling to find Lynn’s immediate replacement.

In the transformed Eden Gardens track, India star pacer Umesh Yadav claimed four wickets in his comeback match after an injury layoff and it will further boost their morale.

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IPL 2017, Match 10 Result : Rana, Pandya lead Mumbai to four-wicket win

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), with only four slots in the eleven allowed for overseas players, it is generally considered that the team sacrifices a fair bit of flexibility in team combination when an overseas player is made the captain of the side. However, it is a bit mitigated if that overseas player is undroppable based on the impact they have on the scoresheet. David Warner is one such, and so, Sunrisers Hyderabad, in appointing him as the skipper in 2016 did not have to sacrifice a lot.

MI won

But in 2017, with SRH picking Rashid Khan in the auction and him coming through in the opening games, meant that if they had to include Mustafizur Rahman in the playing XI, they had a choice to make between Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting. For their third match of this season, against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, they chose the latter, and their wounds from 2016 were opened up when the middle order failed to fire after Warner had set the platform up, yet again.

In 2016, as Warner piled on the runs, the middle order cobbled together mainly of batsmen from India did not produce great numbers, but SRH’s bowling made up for it, time and again. In Mumbai, after being inserted, SRH’s middle order – comprising of Deepak Hooda, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Naman Ojha and Vijay Shankar scored a combined 44 runs in 37 deliveries; the saving grace was Cutting’s 20 off 10.

Warner and coach Tom Moody made a mistake by including Mustafizur and Rashid in the side there by lengthening the tail that was already devoid of any striking power. They chose to leave out Henriques, who was in form at number three, scoring back-to-back fifties at strike rate of nearly 137. If anything, Henriques should have remained in the line-up in favour of Mustafizur. That the Australian could also bowl two-three overs only adds to his value.

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