Kings XI Punjab host Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second of two Indian Premier League (IPL) games scheduled for Saturday. Defeat for the hosts will seriously jeopardise their chances of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Hyderabad are much better placed, with four points more than Punjab's 10 but given the clutch of teams fighting it out for the two remaining positions, will want to seal qualification as quickly as possible.
Hyderabad beat Punjab in the reverse fixture, winning by five wickets.
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Punjab come into this game after a crushing defeat against Rajasthan Royals in their last match. Playing at home, Punjab struggled to 145/6 in their 20 overs, with Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist the only batsmen to cross double figures. Marsh's 77 off 64 balls was key to posting a three-figure target for the Royals, who had West Indian Kevon Cooper's 3/23 from four overs to thank for the win.
Royals' opener and India youngster Ajinkya Rahane has been in excellent form in recent weeks and he continued with an unbeaten 59 from 49 balls in this innings. Captain Rahul Dravid has been in good touch as well but he failed on this occasion. Australian all rounder Shane Watson and youngster Sanju Samson scored 78 off 58 balls together to complete a dominant win for the 2008 champions.
Hyderabad have been in good form all season and the IPL debutants will be confident of securing a knock-out stage berth. However, they too come into this game on the back of a comprehensive defeat.
Chennai Super Kings beat them by 77 runs in Hyderabad, after a complete performance with bat and ball. Normally their strength, the bowling was dismantled by Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina; the latter was unbeaten on 99 off 52 balls, agonisingly close to a second century of the season. Hussey's knock of 67 from 42 balls and a quickfire 14 off six balls pushed the two-time champions to a record 223/3.
Hyderabad's batting has been their Achilles' Heel all season and the top order folded once again, with only opener Parthiv Patel - 44 from 30 balls - putting up a fight. The wicketkeeper was joined by Sri Lankan Thisara Perera, Karan Sharma and Amit Mishra as the lower order tried the impossible.
In the end though, accurate bowling over a sustained period built the pressure and the wickets kept falling, with Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Raina, Chris Morris and Dwayne Bravo all among the wicket takers.
Kings XI Punjab
- Last Five (most recent first): L W L L L
- Last Match: Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets
- Last Five (most recent first): L W W L L
- Last Match: Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Chennai Super Kings by 77 runs