The Sunrisers Hyderabad need a win to grab the advantage for a top four place, while the Kings XI Punjab will be equally keen on taking two points to regain their top position, won back by the Chennai Super Kings following their clinical win over the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.
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So come Wednesday afternoon at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, there will be plenty at stake when the two teams lock horns in their IPL 2014 encounter.
The first home game for the Sunrisers did not go so well, with the Mumbai Indians easing to a victory in Uppal with plenty to spare. SRH will need to find their batting mojo against KXIP, the team with the most feared batting lineup in IPL, if they are to stand a chance of jumping back two points ahead of the Kolkata Knight Riders and to the fourth and final playoff place.
While Aaron Finch and David Warner played decent knocks against MI, SRH struggled to find momentum in the middle overs, with the team managing only a score of 157 which eventually proved to be not even remotely enough.
Finch, who struck 68 in that game, blamed himself for not being able to find the boundaries at will, particularly after getting himself in, as the Australian visibly struggled for timing.
"I thought we should have got a lot more on the board and I take full responsibility for not getting us the target that we wanted to achieve," Finch told IPL's official website. "I should have scored heavily in that middle period and in the backend of the slog overs.
"It was my responsibility and I did not fulfil it. It was frustrating that I could not find the middle of the bat in the end, which held us back by 10 or 15 runs."
SRH got to a score near 160 thanks largely to some lusty blows from Warner, but the home team will need their other big players, especially skipper Shikhar Dhawan, to make an impact.
Making an impact has not been a problem for the KXIP batsmen this season, with Glenn Maxwell and David Millers setting the IPL alight with their ridiculous hitting. Kings XI will also be pleased to see Virender Sehwag back in form with the opener striking a brisk half-century in the loss to KKR a few days back.
If Sehwag continues to give KXIP, who can go back to the top of the table with a win, a fast opening, then it will make Maxwell and Miller only more dangerous – an ominous sign for the rest of the teams in this tournament.
Kings XI, though, were below par in the previous game against the Knight Riders, and the explosive side will be keen to get back on the winning track as soon as possible.
"I think the Sunrisers have a very strong side. I do not think they have an obvious weakness," KXIP captain George Bailey said. "They have a strong batting lineup and have one of the best bowling lineups in the tournament. It is going to be a tough contest against them.
"Anytime you lose, it is a good refresher that any team can beat any team. It is a good reminder that no matter how well you are playing or how well you think you are playing, on any given day, you need to turn up and play your best."