Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad will clash with each other as SRH look to seal playoffs berth.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are one of four teams contesting for three playoff spots. David Warner’s team can make the playoffs even if they lose this match. For that, they will have to depend on other teams’ results. SRH will like to control their destiny, and seal the spot by beating the Lions in their den. SRH come into this important match at the back of a confidence-boosting win over table-toppers Mumbai Indians.
After a sensational debut in 2016, it has been a pretty disappointing ride for the Lions; who currently lie seventh in the eight team standings and cannot make it to the Playoffs. In their most-recent outing on Wednesday night, Suresh Raina’s team lost yet another high-scoring contest to Delhi Daredevils. They are playing their last match as a franchise and can play spoilsport for SRH’s chances.
Gujarat Lions are a weak bowling side, and hence they need their batsmen to set up or win them matches. Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch are the two biggest match-winners among the Lions batsmen. Dinesh Karthik has also shone with the bat this season and will like to continue that.
When Brendon McCullum was ruled out, it was too late for Lions to bring in a replacement for him. They have continued to play with just three overseas players; despite having Chirag Suri, the fourth overseas player in their ranks.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, a lot depends on the two left-handers at the top; between them, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have contributed nearly half the team’s runs. Warner – the top run-getter this season – can have the biggest influence on his team’s fortunes; when he gets going, he will on most days win the match for his team.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan have been excellent performers with the ball this season. When they came up against the Lions in Hyderabad earlier this season; Bhuvneshwar returned figures of 2/21, while Rashid Khan picked up 3/19.
Head to Head :
Matches – 4
Gujarat Lions – 0, Sunrisers Hyderabad – 4
Probable Lineups :
Gujarat Lions – Ishan Kishan, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk); Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulner; Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh; Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Naman Ojha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar; Siddharth Kaul, Mohammad Siraj, Rashid Khan.