IPL 2018, KXIP vs SRH: 5 things to watch out for
KXIP and SRH combined have five wins out six games. Both teams played their first match at home and won comfortably. The second matches in both cases went to the last over, but only SRH ended on the right side. In their away fixture, SRH registered a win away from home in Eden Gardens, whereas KXIP tasted their first loss in Bengaluru. While KXIP is back to winning ways with a thrilling win in Mohali against Dhoni's CSK, SRH remain undefeated.
In the last five years, SRH has been the dominant side in one-on-one encounters against KXIP winning 8 out of 10 games. Sunrisers have won the last six encounters against KXIP and are undefeated in Mohali winning all four fixtures there. KXIP, whose victories against SRH came way back in 2014, will look to register their first win against SRH in Mohali.
But with the change in the composition of the sides, it will interesting to see which team will have the upper hand. When two strong teams play against each other a lot can be expected from a match.
Here are the six things to watch out for::
#6 Changes in playing XIs:
While some changes in KXIP are almost certain, SRH will have to think twice before tweaking the winning composition. Axar Patel, who was not playing in the previous match due to a niggle, will be back in the side replacing Barinder Sran. Aaron Finch might face the axe after double golden ducks giving way for Marcus Stoinis, who will come in as the third seam bowling option.
Sunrisers Hyderabad in all likeliness will retain the same playing XI. But Sandeep Sharma, with his experience of playing in Mohali, might get a chance to play against his old franchise.
SRH probable XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
KXIP probable XI: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman