Sunrisers Hyderabad host Pune Warriors at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in the IPL today, with both sides looking to reverse their fortunes after finishing at the bottom of the table last season.
Where to Watch Live
The match starts at 3.30pm BST, with ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD providing live coverage in the UK. Follow the game live, via text commentary, on ESPN Cricinfo. You can watch the highlights of the match here.
Sunrisers replaced 2009 champions Deccan Chargers as the Hyderabad-based franchise back in October, after the latter were terminated by the IPL governing council due to theirprolonged financial crisis. The new owners retained 20 players from the old squad, including captain Kumar Sangakkara, leaving 13 slots open (eight Indian, five foreign). They filled six of these at the auction earlier this year, with the likes of Darren Sammy, Nathan McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Clint McKay, Thisara Perera and Sudeep Tyagi joining their ranks.
Warriors, on the other hand, joined the league only in 2011 and have endured two disappointing campaigns so far. They signed the likes of Michael Clarke, Ajanta Mendis, Kane Richardson, Abhishek Nayar, Parvez Rasool and Aaron Finch at this year's auction, while Yuvraj Singh returned to the squad after missing the whole of last season. Warriors later made a swap with the Delhi Daredevils, trading Ashish Nehra and landing Ross Taylor.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, the franchise's leading run-scorer last season, remains sidelined after picking up an injury during India's recently concluded Test series against Australia. Also, young South African wicketkeeper batsman de Kock is currently unavailable. Otherwise, coach Tom Moody has a full squad to choose from.
Foreign quota: Captain Sangakkara is a sure bet to play the first few games, despite struggling for from. Dale Steyn is a fan favourite and should see off completion from McKay to lead the bowling attack. Cameron White, all-rounders Sammy, Perera and McCullum will battle it out for the other two foreign players' spots.
Probable Line-up: Akshath Reddy, Parthiv Patel, Kumar Sangakkara (c&wk), Cameron White, Hanuma Vihari, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Darren Sammy, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ashish Reddy, Ishant Sharma
Pune Warriors: Allan Donald has a strong squad at his disposal, with the exception of franchise captain Clarke, who was recently ruled out for the tournament due to a recurring lower back and hamstring injuries. Meanwhile, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and South African pacer Wayne Parnell are unavailable for selection today.
Foreign quota: New skipper Angelo Mathews, Marlon Samuels and last year's hero Steven Smith are sure starters. Batsmen Taylor, Finch, all-rounders Luke Wright, Mitchell Marsh and bowlers Mendis and Richardson will all be hoping to clinch the last remaining spot.
Probable Line-up: Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Marlon Samuels, Ross Taylor, Yuvraj Singh, Steven Smith, Angelo Mathews (c), Abhishek Nayar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Sharma