Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 18 April 2013 - 11:53pm IST
Preview : Match 25 – SRH vs KXIP
Battle of bowlers
Match 25 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will see the Sunrisers Hyderabad clash with Kings XI Punjab.
The Sunrisers are sitting third in the standings with four wins from six matches which includes a superlative effort in their previous match when they defended 119 to win by 11 runs. Kings XI Punjab have won two of their four matches this season and come into this match at the back of a thrilling four run victory against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Friday, April 19, 2013, 8 p.m
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
This is one of those rare matches where the bowlers will be in the limelight more than the batsmen; four of the top ten wicket-takers this season will feature in this match.
Dale Steyn (SRH) and Praveen Kumar (KXIP) have been sensational so far this season; both players have not only kept the runs down (both players have economy rates of under six) but have picked up wickets too. Ishant Sharma, Azhar Mahmood, Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood and Manpreet Gony are fine support characters who have picked up crucial wickets too. Then there is the battle between the two leg-spinners – SRH’s Amit Mishra and KXIP’s Piyush Chawla – which promises to be a riveting contest.
The performance of the Aussie batsmen will have a significant influence on which way the match will sway. SRH need Cameron White to fire while KXIP will hope for significant contributions from their skipper Adam Gilchrist and David Hussey.
This is the first time these two teams are meeting in the IPL. In their ten matches against the erstwhile Hyderabad franchise – Deccan Chargers – Kings XI Punjab ended up triumphant on seven occasions.
Kings XI Punjab have scored the fewest sixes (7) and conceded the fewest sixes (6) of all the teams in the tournament so far.
Sunrisers Hyderabad enjoy a brief break before they make the trip to Chennai to take on the Chennai Super Kings on April 25. Kings XI Punjab meanwhile head back home to next host Pune Warriors India on April 21.