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IPL 2018, 25th T20 Preview, Squads: Hyderabad Vs Punjab, Apr 26, 2018

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Published on: Apr 26, 2018

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IPL 2018, 25th T20:Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Kings XI Punjab will play at Hyderabad, Apr 26, 2018

25th match - Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Kings XI Punjab at Hyderabad, Apr 26, 2018

IPL 2018, 25th T20 Preview, Squads: Hyderabad Vs Punjab, Apr 26, 2018

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Match Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Kings XI Punjab

Match Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad

Match begin at 20:00 local time (14:30 GMT, 08:00 PM IST)

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Hyderabad were affected by the injury to Dhawan and will be glad to have him back. However, it would be the contributions of wicketkeeper Saha, all-rounder Deepak Hooda and middle order batsman Manish Pandey which would be a worry for them. Saha averages 12.40 with the bat this season with a highest score of 24 while Hooda has made just one meaningful contribution of 32 not out from four innings. He has only scored 11 runs from his three other innings. The same applies for Pandey, who has had one knock of 57 not out and 31 runs from his other four hits with the bat. The time has probably come for Sreevats Goswami to get a game with the gloves and for Sachin Baby to get a look in for one of the two struggling batsmen.
Punjab too have similar problems and their reliance on the opening partnership of Rahul and Gayle was exposed in the last game. The trio of Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and Mayank Agarwal have batting averages of 5.33, 12.50 and 18.60 this season and have struggled to score runs against quality bowling. Yuvraj has looked past his prime and has struggled against quality fast bowling. It will be interesting to see if Punjab make the tough call of benching him for Manoj Tiwary, who had a decent season for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017.
Batting woes apart, this match promises to be a contest between two captains who have marshalled their troops brilliantly. While Kane Williamson is an established international captain, Ravichandran Ashwin has certainly made a case for himself. One cannot help but give credit to the bowlers of both sides for executing their captains plans with success.
Head to Head :
Hyderabad 8 - 3 Punjab

Match Stats:

Hyderabad are the only team to defend a total of 120 and less twice in the IPL. Prior to their last game, they had successfully defended 119 against the now defunct Pune Warriors India in the 2013 season
Yuvraj’s best IPL season in terms of runs was when he scored 376 runs in 2014 for Bangalore. That is two runs more than what Chennai’s Raina had managed in his worst season (374 in 2015)

Match Teams :

Punjab XI team: CH Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, AJ Finch, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair,Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Dagar

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