Both the sides have struggled so far and are coming on the back of a loss in their last match. Who will come out stronger this time around?
Let’s have a look at some key battles for the match.
Warner has finally got going and has scored brilliantly in recent matches. He scored a 60 off 44 against MI and kept SRH alive in the chase. He is looking in good touch lately and all he would hope for is support from the opposite end. Warner has a great record against KXIP and that will boost him going into the match. Cottrell has taken 6 wickets so far and has been a great asset for the team. He has been successful in finding that early breakthrough thereby causing some early damages. His short-pitched deliveries are the ones that cause maximum damage and he would use it to perfection against the SRH skipper.
Williamson had a great first match this year as he had scored a quick 41 off 26. Since then he hasn’t contributed much to the team. With Bairstow struggling with his form, SRH would want their former skipper to rise on the occasion and help them win the upcoming matches. Shami has started this season very strongly as he has taken 8 wickets so far. He has bowled quite well on some occasions but has given away way too many runs erstwhile. With KXIP having close encounters that will haunt them in the latter part of the league phase, they would want their star bowler to lead from the front.
Rahul has a different approach this time. With the added responsibility of leading the side, he has had a casual approach towards batting. Not letting his aggressive side out early in the inning and leaving too much for the end has not been working for him. Although Rahul holds the orange cap, the skipper needs to change his approach and make his team win matches. Rashid has finally been successful in adding a few wickets in his bag. He has taken 5 wickets so far. With Bhuvi out of the tournament, it will be an added responsibility on him to get key wickets for the side. Will Rahul see him off or Rashid has the last laugh?
Agarwal started off magnificently well in the initial matches but lately, he has thrown it away just when he is all set for another big inning. The opening pair looks destructive but if Gayle is set to play then maybe Mayank will be the one sacrificing his spot. The form he is in, he can bat anywhere, the matter of thought is can he bat for a longer duration. Natarajan has taken 5 wickets so far and has looked in good shape this time around. With no Bhuvaneshwar in the side, Natarajan would be the one sharing the new ball and he will have the onus to get those early wickets. Will he be able to handle the destructive top order of KXIP?