This game is the second one on a double-header Saturday, features two teams desperate to keep themselves in the hunt for a top-four finish. being a do-or-die game for both sides, we can expect another thrilling encounter in Dubai to close out what promises to be an entertaining double-header Saturday in IPL 2020.
Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 43
24th October 2020, at 7:30 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
What To Expect:
Another competitive game of T20 cricket beckons at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, with enough help on offer for both the spinners and pacers. The slightly bigger boundary on one side of the ground has played into the bowlers’ hands, with strike rotation being key at this venue. Apart from trying to utilise the early swing on offer, the bowlers have looked to vary their pace more often towards the back end of the innings. Teams have begun to prefer chasing, and this could be the case in this game as well. 170 is a very competitive total at this venue.
Kings XI Punjab:
After languishing at the bottom of the points table for more than half of the campaign, KXIP have won their last three games in IPL 2020, and the introduction of Chris Gayle in the playing XI has worked wonders for them.Their bowlers have also started to do well, with Mohammed Shami leading the way with 16 wickets in IPL 2020. With KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal starring at the top of the order, KXIP would fancy their chances of another win on Saturday.
KXIP Predicted Playing XI:
KL Rahul (C&WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan/James Neesham, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh
Sunrisers Hyderabad are still in the running for a playoff place in IPL 2020, with their stunning win against RR recently serving as proof of their quality. Although Bairstow and Warner have blown hot and cold this season, SRH’s famed bowling unit led by Rashid Khan has been right on the money. The addition of Jason Holder has lent valuable depth to the side, and SRH look well-equipped to take on KXIP in Dubai. They would take confidence from their win against KXIP in the reverse fixture, where Jonny Bairstow slammed a 55-ball 97. However, KXIP do have momentum on their side, and SRH are in for a test on Saturday.
SRH Predicted Playing XI:
David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan and Sandeep Sharma.