Kings XI Punjab will be playing at their home ground in Mohali on April 19, 2018, when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad. The underachievers of IPL, Kings XI, will be hoping to dent the confidence and enthusiasm of Sunrisers, a former IPL winner. How the match unfolds will depend mostly on how Kings XI performs under R. Ashwin.
|Match||Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 16th Match|
|Date||Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM ( 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL )|
|Venue||Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali|
Kings XI has the home advantage. The Mohali pitch is renowned as a batter’s pitch. Hence, you can expect a runs fest during the match. Both teams have weak bowling, so you can expect batsmen to go berserk. The side batting first will end up scoring a minimum of 170 runs, though in all probability, it will be more.
R. Ashwin will be leading Kings XI Punjab. This will be the first time he is captaining a side in the IPL. So, he will be under tremendous pressure to lead from the front. This could be a little difficult, considering the playing conditions in Mohali.
While Kings XI Punjab has a good side on paper, it does not have an effective bowler to partner for Andrew Tye. This could its downfall. From the teams, it looks as though Sunrisers will end up spoiling Kings XI’s party. Here are the reasons:
R. Ashwin is captaining Kings XI and he does not have experience to captain a side besides being one of the main wicket takers during his stint with CSK.
Kane Williamson has replaced David Warner as the captain of Sunrisers and this could be a boon for the side. He has the ability to manage players well and does not let the stress of captaincy affect his batting.
Sunrisers have a great batting line up, with Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Kane Williamson, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shakib Al Hasan and Alex Hales.
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the pacer and Rashid Khan as the other wicket taker, things are looking up for the Sunrisers when they take on Kings XI Punjab.