IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad aim to halt Rising Pune Supergiant’s momentum
David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to stop Rising Pune Supergiant’s dominating run when the two sides lock horns in a much anticipated IPL 2017 clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Saturday.ipl 2017 Updated: May 05, 2017 20:05 IST
Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to halt Rising Pune Supergiant’s winning run when the two sides clash in an IPL 2017 match at Uppal on Saturday.
Steve Smith’s side, after losing three of their first four games, have stood up to the task with some brilliant displays from opener Rahul Tripathi and the costliest buy of this year’s auction, Ben Stokes.
Tripathi, the Maharashtra lad, is Rising Pune Supergiant’s leading run-getter in the tournament so far, with 352 runs from nine games. His 93-run knock proved decisive in RPS’ win over Kolkata Knight Riders earlier this week.
On the other hand, Stokes has been effective with the bat and also struck at crucial intervals with the ball, the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium being the best example.
The bowlers too have stepped up to the plate. Jaydev Unadkat and Washington Sundar’s fine spells contributed in a big way in the win against KKR.
With six wins in their last 7 games, RPS have found great momentum and seem to be peaking at the right time.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad – with 13 points from 11 games – are fourth in standings.
Though SRH are not too successful in away matches, they are like a battle-ready Army on their home turf. Captain Warner had earlier said his team would like to take full advantage of playing at home and turn the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal into a virtual ‘fortress’.
In addition to Warner, other SRH batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques -- have been in fine form. Though in a lost cause, the seasoned Yuvraj Singh helped his side make a big total with his 70-run knock against Delhi Daredevils.
The Sunrisers are known for their lethal bowling attack, especially at home. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who holds the Purple Cap, young Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan, the seasoned Ashish Nehra, young Siddharth Kaul and Mohammed Siraj form a potent combination.
(with PTI inputs)