SRH vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction: Kings XI Punjab placed at the bottom of the points table will be taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad who is just above them placed at the 6th place in match no. 22 of IPL 2020. It’s always a headache when you’re looking to pick a fantasy team for a match involving two teams at the bottom half of the points table because of the uncertainties in selection and strategies. The head-to-head record between both the teams favour SRH who have won 10 out of the 14 matches played against each other. Both teams are coming off a big loss and will certainly look to win today’s match.
Sunrisers Hyderabad started this season with a couple of losses but managed to pull off a couple of victories before surrendering to MI. Bhuvneshwar Kumar who sustained a thigh injury has been ruled out of the IPL which comes across as a big blow to the Hyderabad based franchise. Their batting which relies more on their top order is inconsistent, while the bowling attack apart from Rashid and Natarajan seems toothless. S Kaul registered the costliest bowling figures in IPL 2020 with 2/64 against Mumbai Indians and could be replaced by a certain Khaleel Ahmad or B Thampi. There’s also an outside chance of J Holder coming to the squad for Williamson to add both bowling and batting depth.
Kings XI Punjab could’ve easily been at the top half of the points table with two close games going against them but if we got to pinpoint a reason for those losses, it is certainly their death bowling. The failure of Jordan, their only quality death bowler meant KXIP had to do with mediocre death bowling options which has directly affected their winning chance. While KL Rahul who has the Orange Cap currently make matters worse with lack of intent in the middle-overs making the team end up with a score 10 to 15 runs short. They’ve tried a lot of combinations in just 5 matches and expect some more for this match. W Jaffer hinted at bringing in C Gayle and Mujeeb as quickly as possible. While Mujeeb could replace C Jordan, the addition of C Gayle adds uncertainty by separating the successful opening pair of Agarwal and Rahul. At best, they would bring in Mujeeb for Jordan and replace H Brar with I Porel.
A fresh deck is expected for this game at Dubai which will aid run-scoring. Spinners have generally been successful here with some decent turn available, unlike Abu Dhabi. The average 1st innings total here in IPL 2020 so far has been 179. Dew has been on and off at Dubai but the humidity levels predict its presence today.
Possible SRH Dream11 Playing 11 –
D Warner (C)
Let’s take a look at some best picks for SRH vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction
D Warner – Warner has been sort of out of touch so far this IPL, but the fact that he has managed to score 175 runs from 5 games shows how quality of a batsman he is. If he gets through the opening spell, KXIP’s bowling attack provides the best opportunity for him to get back into form.
J Bairstow – IPL 2020 has been either go big or go home for J Bairstow with him scoring 2 fifties and a string of low scores. The opening spell is again crucial for him with both Shami and Cottrell capable of threatening his inside edge.
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Rashid Khan – The Afghan leggie is back to his belligerent best with 3 extra-ordinary bowling spells in the last three matches. With the lack of a LHB batsman apart from Pooran in the KXIP attack plays right into the hands of him.
T Natarajan – IPL 2020 has been a revelation for the TN pacers who has impressed everyone with his consistent yorkers. He has the left-arm angle going in his favour too and with Bhuvneshwar out of the side, he has to spearhead the death bowling department which is a wicket-taking heaven for bowlers.
Possible KXIP Dream11 Playing 11 –
KL Rahul (C & WK)
Let’s take a look at some best picks for SRH vs KXIP Today Match Prediction
KL Rahul – His slow scoring has been detrimental to the team but not to the fantasy users. With Bhuvi out of IPL, SRH’s Powerplay attack lacks venom and should play right into the hands of KL Rahul.
M Agarwal – A breakout season for him with 272 runs and a lowest score of 25 shows his consistency. He has had his troubles against Sandeep’s swing and even if he manages to escape it, there’s the Rashid threat waiting with Agarwal getting out to googlies thrice this season.
R Bishnoi – The U-19 leg-spinner has been impressive so far with his googlies and the ability to come back after a setback. He has gone wicketless in the last three games and could bag some this match.
M Shami – Shami has been the standout bowler for KXIP this season with his new-ball exploits and has been the go-to bowler for KL Rahul. If the deck today provides some amount of assistance early on, he could trouble the likes of Warner and Bairstow.
Team Composition Preferences –
1). All Rounders – Try not to pick more than one in this category and go for a budget pick here.
2). Batsman – Pick a mixture of top-order batsmen and middle-order bats based on the fantasy order mentioned above.
3). Bowlers – Give more preference to spinners and regarding pacers try not to buy more than one.
4). Wicket-Keeper – Three quality options available here and going with all three won’t be a bad option either.
Having more SRH players in the SRH vs KXIP Dream11 Match Prediction team is preferable.
Captaincy Picks –
Choose a wicket-keeping batsman or one of the top-order batsmen from both teams as your captain. If you want to go out of the box, choose a leg-spinner as your captain.
Differential Picks –
M Singh – The Punjabi batsman was in good nick last game and has some great domestic numbers too. If either one of Agarwal/Rahul fails. He can step up big-time.
S Sharma – With Bhuvi out of the tournament, the new ball duties will be carried out by S Sharma and the added responsibility could bring the best out of him.