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Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad – the two teams who compete in Match 59 of Pepsi IPL 2013 – are both alive in the race for a place in the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs and need the two points from this match.
In a season where teams have been very good in their own backyard, both KXIP and SRH lost their previous matches – despite playing at home. Visitors Rajasthan Royals defeated KXIP in their own backyard, while the Chennai Super Kings trounced SRH by 77 runs at Hyderabad.
The bowling attacks of both teams have done well almost all season and that is one of the prime reasons both teams find themselves still in the race for the Play-Offs. On the batting front though, KXIP definitely hold the edge, given they have a lot of experience and firepower in their ranks. When
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8 p.m
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
With the kind of form he has displayed in recent times, David Miller is certainly the one to look forward to in the Kings XI Punjab ranks. Though the left-hander was dismissed for his first single-digit score of the season in the previous match, he has been in sensational form – scoring his runs at a strike-rate of 168.22. Adam Gilchrist looked good in his return to the playing XI and that has only strengthened an already formidable batting order.
SRH do not have too many players who have scored at more than a run-a-ball this season. The two men who have done that – and who have the ability to win matches single-handedly – are Shikhar Dhawan and Thisara Perera. There is a lot riding on Dhawan’s shoulders; given SRH’s combination Dhawan needs to bat long, score runs quickly and get big runs too. Perera will be expected to give the innings impetus towards the end.
Just the thought of Dale Steyn bowling on a juicy surface, added with the effect of lights, promises a visual treat.
In the only previous meeting between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab – at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, it was the hosts who prevailed in a low-scoring match. After restricting the visitors to 123 for nine, the hosts got there in the 19th over, registering a five-wicket win.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has the least 50-plus partnerships this season – 4.
Kings XI Punjab head to the Garden City of Bengaluru to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 14. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile head to Mumbai to take on the Mumbai Indians on May 13.
Match 58 of Pepsi IPL 2013 is the Maharashtrian Derby with Pune Warriors India hosting the mighty Mumbai Indians in a match which is definitely more crucial to the latter.
That PWI have had a miserable season can be established from the fact that they lie at the bottom of the table, having won only two matches. The team will be keen to arrest their eight-match losing streak and give their fans something to cheer about.
In their last outing, the Mumbai Indians trounced defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by a mammoth margin of 65 runs. With eight wins from 12 matches, MI sit among the top four teams in the standings and are on the brink of qualification to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs.
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 4 p.m
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune The Protagonists
Robin Uthappa has consistently scored runs for PWI and there will be expectations of him to get the team off to a solid start yet again. Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and Angelo Mathews have played useful hands every now and then; PWI will need at least one of them to support Uthappa by playing a big knock.
Runs from Sachin Tendulkar was the missing block in the Mumbai Indians’ jigsaw puzzle. The Little Master scored 48 off 28 balls in the previous match – a knock which drew parallels to his fluency in the late 1990s. With him back among the runs makes it the top five of MI being among the runs. The team could possibly have Tendulkar play through the innings allowing the likes of Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard to go after the bowling.
On the bowling front, MI certainly hold the edge, not only in terms of experience but also in terms of match-winners. Mitchell Johnson has been lethal, getting the ball to jag back in, while Lasith Malinga seems to be getting his Yorkers right yet again. In the spin cupboard, MI have Harbhajan Singh who seems to have rediscovered his rhythm and Pragyan Ojha who is among the top wicket-takers in the IPL.
The Mumbai Indians have won four of their five matches against Pune Warriors India. In the most recent meeting between the two teams at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, MI posted 183 on the back of a half-century from Rohit Sharma and then restricted the visitors to 142 for eight to register a comprehensive 41-run win.
Mumbai Indians have won seven of the nine matches they have batted first this season. They have also posted six scores of 150 or more batting first. The Mumbai Indians have posted the most 50-plus partnerships this season – 15. Pune Warriors India meanwhile have conceded the most 50-plus partnerships – 14.
Pune Warriors India will head out to Kolkata to take on the Kolkata Knight riders on May 15. The Mumbai Indians meanwhile will head back home to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 13.