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IPL 2019, SRH vs KXIP: Big threat for Chris Gayle, KL Rahul - Top 5 player battles

With both teams locked on 10 points from 11 games, a win will give either some breathing space ahead of their final two matches.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2019 11:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
HIndustan Times, New Delhi
IPL 2019,SRH vs KXIP,Chris Gayle
File image of Chris Gayle, KL Rahul(AFP)

David Warner will be aiming to finish his scintillating campaign on a high even as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s brittle middle-order face a tricky test against Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.

With both teams locked on 10 points from 11 games, a win will give either some breathing space ahead of their final two matches. For Hyderabad, KXIP encounter is the last game where they can avail the services of Warner before he leaves home for Australia’s World Cup preparations alongside Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis.

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Let’s take a look at some important player battles that could decide the fate of the match –

David Warner vs Mohammed Shami

Hyderabad opener David Warner failed to slam his sixth successive fifty in the last game but he remains the hosts’ most dangerous batsman in the tournament. KXIP’s Mohammed Shami will be tasked with getting rid of Warner early and he holds a pretty decent record against him. Shami has conceded 39 runs off 26 deliveries and has dismissed Warner once before.

Kane Williamson vs Mujeeb ur Rahman

Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson will look to return to form after an indifferent campaign thus far. He will come up against skipper Mujeeb ur Rahman, who usually operates during the middle-overs. Williamson has found it difficult to score against the Afghan spinner in the past and has scored 10 runs off 11 deliveries.

Yusuf Pathan vs R Ashwin

Middle-order batsman Yusuf Pathan hasn’t set the IPL alight but remains capable of scoring quick runs for his team. R Ashwin will be tasked to keep him quiet and he holds a good record against him as well. Off 40 Ashwin deliveries, Pathan has scored 56 runs and has been dismissed thrice by the spinner.

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Chris Gayle vs Sandeep Sharma

SRH medim-pacer Sandeep Sharma hasn’t be able to replicate his good wicket-taking form of the previous editions but he remains one of their best bowlers. Sandeep will take heart from the fact that he has an impeccable record against KXIP hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle. Sandeep has given just 64 runs off 59 deliveries against Gayle and has dismissed him four times in the IPL.

KL Rahul vs Rashid Khan

KXIP opener Lokesh Rahul has been among the runs and is leading their charge at the top of the innings. Against SRH, he will come up against Rashid Khan, who has troubled the right-hander in the past. Rahul has managed to score just 11 runs off 17 deliveries from the Afghanistan spinner and Rashid has dismissed the Indian batsman twice.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 11:24 IST