Sunrisers Hyderabad will face the Gujarat Lions on Sunday afternoon at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. After winning the first game of the tournament convincingly the Sunrisers will be riding high on confidence and raring to go against the Lions who were punished severely by the Kolkata Knight Riders openers on Friday night.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Strengths
Vintage Yuvi is back – In the season opener, we got to see a glimpse of Vintage Yuvraj Singh! He absolutely destroyed the Challengers bowling attack with his belligerent hitting. It was an innings of class and authority by the southpaw because of whom, the defending champions posted a total in excess of 200. Believe me, it was just a trailer of things to come! If Yuvraj Singh keeps on contributing in the same manner throughout the tournament, SRH might well defend their title this year.
Magical Rashid Khan – It was this Afghan youngster who broke the opening partnership between Gayle and Mandeep when they were going strong and Rashid later got another important wicket to stem the flow of runs against the opposition. Rashid was economical on a batting friendly wicket and that improves his chances of getting picked ahead of other overseas bowlers in the upcoming games for Sunrisers.
Home conditions – Also, playing at their home ground, Sunrisers have the support of Hyderabad crowd and who knows these playing conditions better than the defending champions! Therefore, all these factors make Sunrisers Hyderabad strong contenders against the Gujarat Lions.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Weakness
Pressure of expectations! Sunrisers Hyderabad have all their bases covered – world-class openers, an explosive middle order, quality all-rounders and a wily bowling unit. So, there are not many weak points about them going into the game against Gujarat Lions. However, there are plenty of expectations that might put the home team under pressure. That’s the only drawback!
Gujarat Lions: Strengths
Explosive batting unit – With the likes of Brendon McCullum, Jason Roy, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik, the Lions have one of the best batting line-up in IPL 2017. This was the reason for their success last year and it’s their strong point this year as well. We got to see how lethal McCullum, Raina and Karthik can be when they batted against a fine bowling unit like the Knight Riders! This time around, all eyes will be on rest of their batsmen to come and join the party. It’s going to be one exciting battle between the Lions batsmen and Sunrisers bowlers on Sunday afternoon.
Gujarat Lions: Weakness
Toothless bowling – In the absence of Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, Lions lack the firepower in their bowling unit. Kolkata Knight Riders’ openers had a fun time against the Gujarat bowlers the other day as they chased down 184 in a mere 15 overs without breaking a sweat. Hence, Lions need to strengthen their bowling unit so that they can defend big totals and restrict other oppositions in future matches of IPL 2017.
Pitch report – The pitch at Hyderabad is a pretty good one for batting and the season opener was a high scoring affair. Also, in the presence of big hitters, you can expect this match to be another high scoring encounter. The bowlers will have a tough time to bowl on this wicket.
Prediction: The momentum is with the defending champions and in-form players like Yuvraj Singh, Rashid Khan, David Warner and Moises Henriques are all proven match winners. Also, Gujarat’s bowling needs some tuning for the remaining games. If they bowl in the same manner like they did the other day, it will turn out to be a run feast for Sunrisers. SRH have the upper hand over Lions in this contest.
Possible winner – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Probable XI) – David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Ben Cutting, Rashid Khan, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Gujarat Lions (Probable XI) – Brendon McCullum, Jason Roy, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Shivil Kaushik, Manpreet Gony, Shadab Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni.
- Rashid Khan
- Brendon McCullum
- David Warner
- Ben Cutting
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