A resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad take on struggling Rising Pune Supergiants in the 22nd match of the 2016 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on 26 April (Tuesday).
Where to watch live
Match starts at 3.30pm BST/8pm IST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD in the UK. Set Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will telecast it live in India. Click here for live streaming link.
The Sunrisers have been on a roll of late and come into this game on a back of a three-match unbeaten streak. Credit should go to their skipper David Warner who has lead from the front with his bat, scoring 294 runs in five games, and finds himself in second spot in the top run getters list of the IPL 2016.
What has reduced the pressure on his shoulders is the fact that Shikhar Dhawan has finally found his touch with the bat, while Eoin Morgan is also looking dangerous. Yuvraj Singh and Kane Williamson are expected to feature in the squad soon, which makes them a difficult team to face.
Their bowling looks settled, especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman, who has looked the bowler of the tournament so far. The team management might not want to change a winning combination but with Yuvraj and Ashish Nehra expected to be fit soon, they will have to make some different decisions.
It is not often that you associate the duo of MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming with a struggling team but that's what they are facing as the Rising Pune Supergiants are struggling at the moment. The Pune outfit are currently in seventh place in the table with just one win from five games and they need a win desperately if they are to have a chance of qualifying for the play-off stages.
Despite the presence of several match-winners in their side, they have failed to perform both as individuals and as a team, which has hurt them. The batting, which is their strength, has seen only Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis making contributions while their bowlers have not performed to expectations.
South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel came in for the last game and it will be interesting to see who among Thisara Perera, Mitchell Marsh and Morkel seal the two all-rounders spot.
Sunrisers Hyderabad to win
Betting odds (betfair)
- Sunrisers Hyderabad to win: 3/4
- Rising Pune Supergiants to win: 1
Possible XI: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Aditya Tare, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Mustafizur Rahman
Rising Pune Supergiants
Possible XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, MS Dhoni (c & wk), , Thisara Perera, Albie Morkel, Rajat Bhatia, R Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, M Ashwin, Ishant Sharma