IPL 2013: KXIP vs SRH Live Score - 59th Match Punjab vs Hyderabad
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali on Saturday. It is their second meeting this season and the 59th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to book play-off against Kings XI Punjab in a Pepsi Indian Premier League encounter at PCA stadium, Mohali.
On paper, Sunrisers are favourites having won seven out of their 12 games and are currently at the fifth spot -- a notch above Kings Xi who have got 10 points.
A win on Saturday will certainly help the Hyderabad franchise in their bid to make it to the knock-out stages of the competition.
Sunrisers had an unbeaten run at home clinching thrilling wins against formidable teams such as Mumbai Indians and Royals Challengers Bangalore until CSK buried them under mountain of runs the other night.
Chasing a mammoth target 224 for victory, Hyderabad could manage only 146/8, with opener Parthiv Patel (44) and unbeaten knock of 39 by leg-spinner Karan Sharma were the only saving grace in that massive defeat.
Ishant Sharma will like to forget the thrashing he got at the hands of Chennai batsmen in the previous game like a bad dream.
On the other hand, former Aussies stumper Gilchrist, who had dropped himself after being out-of-form, scored an useful 42 against Rajasthan Royals just the other day.
The problem with the Kings XI team has been their lack of consistency in the batting department, which Gilchirst acknowledges is a serious area of concern.
The batting which comprises of players like David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Mandeep Singh and David Miller has failed to click as a unit, and barring couple of individual performances, has let down the team on most occasions.
However, Punjab's strength has been their bowling attack led by medium pacer Praveen Kumar that also includes medium pacers Parvinder Awana, Manpreet Gony, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and recent inclusion of left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kumar Sangakkara (captain & wk), Cameron White, Akshat Reddy, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Biplab Samantray, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Darren Sammy, D B Ravi Teja, G H Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma, Nathan McCullum, Pathiv Patel (wk), Prasant Padmanabhan, Quinton de Cock (wk), Sachin Rana, Shikhar Dhawan, Sudeep Tyagi, T Sargunam, Thisara Perera and Veer Pratap Singh.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (captain & wk), Mandeep Singh, Luke Pomersbach, David Miller, Manan Vohra, David Hussey, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Harmeet Singh, Bhargav Bhatt, Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood, Bipul Sharma, Siddharth Chitnis, Aniket Choudhary, Manpreet Gony, Gurkeerat Singh (wk), Shaun Marsh, Dimitri Mascernhas, Nitin Saini, Sandeep Sharma, Rajagopal Sathish, Sunny Singh, Paul Valthaty.
Saturday May 11, 2013 (day/night)
Start time 20:00 local (1430 GMT)