New Delhi: The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, widely regarded as India’s best cricket stadium, will host Match 27 of the IPL between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Both teams come into this match on the back of defeats. KXIP were annihilated by CSK by 97 runs in Match 24, while SRH capitulated against MI to lose Match 23 by 20 runs.
The duo has failed to replicate their form from last season and evidence based on current form suggests they will find it extremely hard to make the playoffs cut this season.
Over the years, this encounter has been evenly contest as the head-to-head record between SRH and KXIP is level at 4-4.
As these two franchises in desperate need of the two points on offer collide, we pick one player from each team who could swing Match 27 in favor of his side.
Dale Steyn (SRH)
Dale Steyn undoubtedly ranks among the world’s top three fast bowlers. However, over the years he has struggled in the T20 format especially in the IPL. The South African has picked up 92 wickets in 86 IPL matches at an average of 24 and economy rate of 6.63. Despite not featuring in SRH’s first two matches this season, Steyn has already picked up 3 wickets at an economy rate of 8.09. As the tournament progresses, the pacer appears to be getting back to his devastating best. Against KXIP, Steyn will play a key role in dealing with big hitting Sehwag, Maxwell and Miller.
Glenn Maxwell’s spectacular failure in IPL 2015 so far has left the KXIP fans stunned. On the back of Maxi’s heroics, the Punjab franchise made it to their maiden final in 2014. However, the Aussie has struggled to get going in the 5 matches of this edition with 62 runs at an average of 12.40. In contrast, the ‘Big Show’ in 2014 amassed 552 runs in 16 outings at an astonishing strike rate of 187.75. Currently at the foot of the points table, KXIP are in dire need for their star man hit form. Against SRH’s strong bowling side, Maxwell would be expected to finally play a big knock.
At Mohali, Kings XI Punjab have won 10 of their 15 run chases.
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