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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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Glenn Maxwell fumes at ‘s**t’ question after Kings XI Punjab’s loss in IPL T20

Kings XI Punjab fell to their second successive defeat on Saturday as Delhi Daredevils thrashed them by 51 runs to climb to the third spot on the table.

It was a day when nothing worked in favour of the Punjab franchise — their bowlers conceded 188 runs and their batsmen failed to even come close to the total. Captain Glenn Maxwell, himself fell for his first duck of the season as he holed one to deep mid-wicket. Indian all-rounder Axar Patel (44) was the only to provide a fightback but he lacked support as Kings XI Punjab failed to chase down Delhi Daredevils’ total.

In the post-match conference, Maxwell admitted that his side had to up their game in all departments. However, he took exception to a question on whether he had difficulties playing against spin. This was the first time he fell to spin in the IPL this season, with Amit Mishra taking his wicket. The Kings XI Punjab skipper was not impressed.

Glenn Maxwell reacted angrily to a question IPL 2017

Glenn Maxwell reacted angrily to a question on whether he had difficulty playing spin after Kings XI Punjab lost their match to Delhi Daredevils in the 2017 Indian Premier League(BCCI)

“That’s a shocking question,” Maxwell said. “Do you understand in the last three games I’ve hit leg-spinners for six repeatedly? S*** question.” Of the 17 players to have aggregated more than 100 runs in the IPL this season, Maxwell tops the chart in terms of strike rate — a staggering 193. He’s hit nine sixes in the IPL 2017 so far and is just behind AB de Villiers, who has smashed 10 sixes.

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IPL 2017, Match 15 Result : Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs

When you look at the teamsheets of various IPL franchises, they always throw up one or more star names. Players that can fill stadiums, whom people will come in to watch over and over again, the ones who are mega draws at the box office. Some teams have many such players — Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Pune Supergiant. Others — Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad — make do with a couple of them.

This is the USP of this franchise league. It is the generous mix of Indian as well as overseas big-ticket cricketers all coming together to form singular units who then compete for the ultimate prize. And it is good business — for organisers, broadcasters, franchise owners, and cities/states owning stadiums, et al.

Delhi Daredevils team celebrate vs KXIP

 

Weirdly enough though, Delhi Daredevils don’t necessarily adhere to this norm. Look up their teamsheet. Which name inspires the same selling point? They don’t really have a high-profile Indian cricketer on their rolls. Yes, Mohammed Shami and Amit Mishra are there, but when was the last time bowlers filled up seats in any format of the game, least of all T20 cricket?

Karun Nair hasn’t done much since scoring his triple hundred. Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant are barely recognisable even when loitering about in crowded hotel lobbies. Among the overseas players, Quinton de Kock, Carlos Brathwaite, Corey Anderson and Chris Morris, all have decent value, but most of it pertains to what they can do on the field. Selling t-shirts, a synonym for star power, isn’t really their forte when it comes to Delhi’s franchise.

Maybe Zaheer Khan, but he is one for the oldies, who still swear by the golden generation and is quickly approaching his sell-by date. In that sense, Rahul Dravid is still their alpha name. But, for a franchise reeling under a spate of poor results since 2012, this isn’t about star attraction. This is about getting the right processes down, picking the optimal balance in the squad, and for that, if they have to play with a bunch of ‘relative’ unknowns, then so be it.

In other words, ‘experience’ is the watchword herein, at least that is what names like Zaheer and Dravid signify. You can also relate it aplenty with the likes of Mishra, Shami, Anderson, Morris and Brathwaite, who have excellent know-how of different formats in varied conditions. Even someone as young as Sam Billings too falls into this category as he has played in three different franchise T20 leagues.

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IPL 2017, Match 15 Preview : Delhi Daredevils Vs. Kings XI Punjab

Having enjoyed a massive victory over Rising Pune Supergiant in their last game, the Delhi Daredevils will look to make it two in a row when they take on the Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla tonight. Meanwhile, Punjab will want to get back to winning ways after KKR ended their unbeaten run.

Delhi Daredevils certainly found their mojo against the Rising Pune Supergiant with Sanju Samson smashing the first 100 of IPL 2017 to power his side to a massive score of 205, before Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra led the way with the ball, dismissing Pune for a paltry 108 to secure a massive 97 run victory.

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But Delhi certainly won’t have it easy against Kings XI Punjab who were on a roll prior to their first loss.  Punjab were done in largely due to Yadav’s heroics with the ball, who took 3 wickets in 1 over at the death to reel back Punjab, who were looking ominous until then, and Gambhir’s with the bat, who smashed an unbeaten 72 off only 49 balls.  Delhi will certainly need their star players to deliver to stand a chance of winning the tie.

Moreover, Feroz Shah Kotla might be a fortress, but is hardly one for Delhi Daredevils, they have an unimpressive 19 wins and 29 defeats at their ‘home’ ground.

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IPL 2017, Match 11 Result : KKR beat KXIP by 8 wickets

Kolkata: Skipper Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a record-equalling 33rd IPL fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders got back to winning ways by registering a thumping 8-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, which brought Glenn Maxwell’s team’s unbeaten run in this edition of the league to an end.

Gambhir scored an unbeaten 72 off 49 deliveries to guide KKR to their eighth consecutive victory over KXIP as the home side overhauled the target of 171 with 21 deliveries to spare.

Gautam Ghambir

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Gautam Gambhir made the most of the part-timer’s non threatening deliveries, hitting four boundaries in the over to make it a great start for the Knight Riders.

Varun Aaron was introduced into the attack in the next over and he was given a warm welcome by Sunil Narine. The Caribbean player gave enough proof of his much improved batting skills as he cleared his front leg and whacked the pacer for two huge sixes over the mid-wicket boundary off the first two deliveries.

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