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IPL 2018: SRH vs RR- 5 Players to watch out for

Keval Tetar
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12.14K   //    07 Apr 2018, 22:07 IST

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Manish Pandey is a handy addition to the Hyderabad batting line up

The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League is starting tonight. We will be entertained for next 51 days. In the 1st match, defending champions Mumbai Indians face Chennai Superkings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. On Sunday evening, Delhi Daredevils play with Kings Xi Punjab. Kolkata Knight Riders play Royal Challengers Banglore in the 2nd match on Sunday.

Returning after two year's absence, Rajasthan and Chennai are hoping to have a better campaign. Royal Challengers Banglore will look to improve this time after miserable season last year. Sunrisers Hyderabad have bought well in the auction. Delhi Daredevils also have a good squad. Gautam Gambhir is back with Delhi after 7 years with KKR.

On Monday night, Rajasthan Royals travel to Hyderabad to face Sunrisers. Both teams will look to start their IPL campaign on a winning note. Rajasthan have good bunch of players with Rahane, Buttler, Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jaydev Unadkat and Sanju Samson in their ranks. On the other hand, Sunrisers have brought in real good players in Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Shakib Al Hasan, Sandeep Sharma. We look at 5 key players to watch out for in this match.

#5 Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey was Hyderabad's costliest buy in this year's auction. He was fantastic for Kolkata Knight Riders. He played a match-winning knock of 96 in final against Kings XI Punjab back in 2014. That was a brilliant knock under pressure. I am surprised why Kolkata let him go. He had a good IPL last time out. He scored 396 runs with the strike rate of 128.57.

He has always been a consistent performer in IPL in recent seasons. He will be important in the Hyderabad middle order. His finishing ability will prove handy for Sunrisers. He could turn out to be one of the buys of the season.



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