Mohali will witness its first match of the season when Kings XI Punjab will face the defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad. Records and stats are all in the favors of Sunrisers Hyderabad but cricket or any other sports is not played on previous records, it is by how you perform on that particular day. Sunrisers Hyderabad last match was abandoned due to rain and they had to share points with Royal Challengers Bangalore. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab won their last match against Gujarat Lions by 26 runs. With nine points in 8 games Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently placed in the third spot at the points table while Kings XI Punjab are at the fifth place. The major concern for the Sunrisers Hyderabad is that they have not won a single away game this season.
Last time they played: last time these two were against each other, Manan Vohra nearly pulled out a miracle chase single handely. Chasing a target of 160 runs, Kings XI Punjab never looked stable and wickets kept trembling at regular intervals. In the end Punjab were 5 runs short from their assigned target.
Head to head battle: Kings XI Punjab have a forgetful record against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have lost 7 out of 9 games and won only 2. Scoreboard reads Kings XI Punjab-2 Sunrisers Hyderabad-7.
Kings XI Punjab: WLLLL
Sunrisers Hyderabad: DLWWL
Kings XI Punjab: this team has the most unsettled combination among all eight teams, they have never played same playing eleven in seven matches. The combination of Axar Patel and KC Cariappa have worked for good and were useful in uprooting wickets. And good news for the Punjab franchise is that Darren Sammy is now available with the team and he can be directly included in the side in place of Marcus Stoinis who is having an awful season so far. Rest will be the same eleven as before unless anyone is unfit.
Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Wridhimann Saha, Axar Patel, Darren Sammy/Marcus Stoinis, T Natarajan, KC Cariappa, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Yuvraj Singh who missed out last match against RPS due to illness is set to return in this match. His return can cost Williamson his place if only Sunrisers Hyderabad like to expand their all-rounder options with Mohammad Nabi or Ben Cutting. Ashish Nehra is also fit and can be selected for the game in place of Sidharth Kaul or Siraj.
Probable XI: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh,Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Kane Williamson/Mohd Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra/ Sidharth Kaul, Bipul Sharma/Mohd Siraj.
Players in the Spotlight:
Manan Vohra: In the last match against the same opponent he nearly pulled out a miracle win and this game is bound to play at his own homeground which will be added benefit. He is likely to score Big today.
What: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 28th April 20:00 IST.
Where: Punjab cricket association stadium, Mohali
What to expect: the pitch will be little slow than the usual Mohali pitch and a high scoring match is bound to happen with average score of 170 runs in IPL Mohali pitch witnesses it. Weather will be nice and clear with no signs of rain.
Toss Prediction: chasing in always on the card when playing at Mohali and team winning the toss will surely choose to have a bowl first.
Match prediction: though Sunrisers Hyderabad have not won a single away game this season but they are sure to win this match against Kings XI Punjab.
* A high scoring encounter is bound to happen, place your session bet likely.
* Match odds for the game are 89-90 SRH.