Sunrisers Hyderabad have played some outstanding cricket in IPL 2016, winning seven matches and losing four. SRH can grab a playoff spot with a win against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday.
Though SRH lost their last game to Delhi Daredevils, they will be a confident unit going into this clash as they are one of the consistent teams in IPL 2016. SRH have a settled line-up, and the loss against DD should not disturb their starting XI.
They have been led brilliantly by David Warner, who has been amazing with the bat, providing SRH with great starts. His opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan, has also looked dangerous with the bat. The opening pair will be keen to score huge runs against Kings XI Punjab.
In Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques they have plenty of experience in the middle order. Yuvraj Singh has played a few decent innings, but the left-hander will be eager to play a massive one and get into his groove ahead of the playoffs.
Their bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, and Mustafizur Rahman, have shone brightly in the competition.
However, things are not so rosy for KXIP, who are struggling in the bottom half of the table with four wins from 11 matches. There is a serious need for the team to finish the competition well. Kings XI come into this match confident, having defeated Mumbai Indians in their last game. Marcus Stoinis, Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha were the star performers on the occasion.
It remains to be seen if they are going to break their winning combination. One of their star players, Glenn Maxwell, has been below par, and failed against Mumbai aswell. But if the Australian gets going, he can turn the game on its head, which the home team would love to witness. David Miller is another quality batsman who has failed to perform this season. However, the two are expected to feature in Mohali.
After a splendid bowling performance from their bowlers against Mumbai, they are set to stick with the same set of bowlers, including Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma and Marcus Stoinis as key bowlers.
Expected playing XI: Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c) , Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman
Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay (c), Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, KC Cariappa