The IPL is nearing the business end and the Sunrisers Hyderabad will be looking to cement their place in the play-offs as they line up against the Gujarat Lions at the Green Park in Kanpur on Saturday.
The Gujarat Lions are already out of the race for the playoffs while the Sunrisers Hyderabad have 15 points with 7 wins and 1 abandoned match. They are currently placed fourth on the points table and the match against the Gujarat Lions will surely decide Hyderabad’s fate as Punjab are also in the race for the playoffs. If Hyderabad lose tomorrow and Punjab wins its next match then Punjab will enter the playoffs. Hence, the Sunrisers will be really desperate to register a win against the Gujarat Lions.
Hyderabad won their last match against the table toppers Mumbai Indians as Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 62 off 42 balls whereas on the other hand Gujarat lions were defeated by the Delhi Daredevils despite setting a high target of 196 runs. It was the second occasion when Delhi chased down a high target set by Gujarat Lions and thrashed them.
While it would be an important match for Sunrisers Hyderabad to ensure their place in the playoffs, Delhi would be looking to win its remaining 2 matches and end the season on a high note as they have nothing to lose now.
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TOP BATSMAN: DAVID WARNER
The Hyderabad skipper has been in sublime form throughout the tournament and is the current orange cap holder with 535 runs in 12 matches at an average of 53.50 and a strike rate of 146.58. The Aussie pocket dynamo has consistently dominated the bowling line-ups of every opposition he has faced. He also hit the fastest century in this year’s IPL off just 43 balls depicting the kind of form he is in.
TOP BOWLER: BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR
Kumar has been a major asset for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in this edition of the IPL. He is the current purple cap holder with 23 wickets in 12 matches leading the second-placed Imran Tahir by a margin of 5 wickets. He is the spearhead of Hyderabad’s bowling attack and also the reason of Hyderabad’s all round dominant performances in the IPL.
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TOP ALL ROUNDER: MOISES HENRIQUES
He has been in good form in the IPL and has contributed at crucial stages. He has scored 273 runs in 10 matches at an average of 54.60 and has been effective with the ball too. He is a handy option for the Hyderabad in the middle order with his capability to score quickfire runs and also curbing the opposition’s batsmen.
TOP PUNT PLAYER: RISHAB PANT
The young swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman has not been able to perform in the last 2 innings but is expected to rise back hard in the next match. He has been exceptional with his clean hits and taking the attack to the opposition and has helped Delhi win matches on numerous occasions. He is our punt player of the match.