Match 19 IPL 2017 (2017-04-17) @ Hyderabad (D)
SRH have won 4 of the 6 matches between these two sides played in the last 3 IPL seasons. Both teams started the season well but have lost their last 2 matches.
SRH opened their season at home beating RCB and the Gujarat Lions. These are currently the too weakest teams in the competition with just 1 win each. SRH then lost their next two matches away to table topping Mumbai Indians and KKR.
KXIP also started their season well beating RPS and RCB at home. Both matches were won easily chasing down moderate targets with balls to spare. They then lost away to KKR and Delhi.
SRH has relied on runs from Warner, Dhawan and Henriques at the top of the order. Their batting lacks depth. KXIP has many overseas batsmen available to them. They have chopped and changed their batting order and are yet to find a settled combination.
SRH's has a stronger bowling attack than KXIP which relies on Indian bowlers.
The Hyderabad pitch usually favors batting second. 13 of the last 17 IPL matches played here have been won by the team batting second. The average first innings score in those matches is 155 and the average winning score is 194. In the first 2 matches here I recommended backing the team batting second and won 1 of the two bets.
SRH are top of the Cricsq ratings on 106 compared to just 80 for KXIP. SRH are returning to their home ground where they won their two early season matches. Due to the big difference in ratings and home advantage I have backed SRH early to win on Betfair at around 1.77.
David Warner is currently 4th top run scorer in IPL10 with 165 runs. He has a high strike rate of 141 runs per 100 balls. His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan has 120 runs but his strike rate is low at only 114.
Moises Henriques scored 50s in the 2 opening games. He missed the 3rd match and got 13 in the loss against KKR. Henriques and Ben Cutting have been in the side as batting all-rounders. Cutting has been batting at 6. He has 51 runs at a decent strike rate of 196 but is yet to make a significant contribution when it counts.Yuvraj Singh, Naman Ojha and Deepak Honda are the Indian middle order batsmen in the side. Yuvraj scored a brilliant 62 from 27 runs in the first match but has not contributed much since. Hooda has made just 38 runs and Ojha just 20.
Unless the middle order starts to perform SRH are going to struggle to win matches this season. Cutting must be replaced. He is going at almost 10 an over with the ball and not making runs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the top wicket taker in the competition with 10. He has bowled well throughout and has an economy rate of 5.6. He has been supported in the pace department by Nehra. He has 5 wickets but has been expensive going at 9.4 an over.
Rashid Khan has been a great addition to the side. The Afghan leg spinner has 7 wickets with an economy rate of 6.44. Bipul Sharma has also provided useful spin overs going at a rate of 6.9. Deepak Hooda's occasional spin has gone for 8.3.
Cutting and Henriques have both been expensive. Cutting has taken 1 wicket and gone for 9.9 an over. Henriques has no wickets with an economy rate of 11.6 an over. They cannot both play and Cutting is the obvious one to be dropped due to Henriques' batting.
Cutting could be replaced by Mustafizur Rahman. He is Cricsq top ranked bowler but is out of form. He went for 14.1 an over on his return. It would also weaken the batting to play him instead of Cutting. Another option is Nabi who is a spin bowling all-rounder.
KXIP won their first 2 matches easily chasing down scores at home. In the last 2 matches their batting has looked disorganized.
Against the Delhi Daredevil on Saturday they played Amla, Morgan, Miller and Maxwell as their overseas players. On paper this is an extremely strong T20 batting line-up but they failed to chase down 188 scoring only 137 in their 20 overs.
Amla has scored 130 runs at the top of the order. He has got off to decent starts but he appears to slow down his scoring after the first few overs. This puts pressure on the rest of the team. Vohra is his opening partner. He has scored 79 runs at a rate of 144.
KXIP have changed their batting order several times during the competition. Saha, Patel and Stoinis have all been tried at 3. Glenn Maxwell needs to step up and either open the batting or come in at 3. In the chase against Dehli he batted at 6. The game was all but over by the time he came in.
Maxwell should open the batting with Vohra and Amla should be dropped. This would mean that the innings would get off to a good start and momentum is maintained. Saha could bat at 3 with Morgan, Miller and Stoinis in the middle order.
Varun Aaron and Sandeep Sharma have been the pick of the KXIP seamers. Aaron has 5 wickets with an economy rate of 8.9. Sandeep has 4 wickets with an economy rate of 8.5. They have been supported by Mohit Sharma who has been expensive going at almost 10 an over.
Their main spinner is Axar Patel. He has taken 4 wickets with the team's best economy of 6.75. KC Cariappa played his first match against Delhi and took 1 for 23 in 3 overs. Other spin options are Swapnil Singh and Maxwell.
Stoinis, Ishant Sharma and Natarajan have all be tried as additional seam bowlers. Stoinis and Natarjan have been expensive and Ishant only bowled 2 overs in the match he played.
KXIP lack depth in their bowling attack. Apart Axar Patel they are all expensive. They have Matt Henry in the squad but he is also expensive in the T20 format. Even so it could be worth giving him a game instead of Stoinis or Amla.
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