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Ipl 2014
IPL 2014: Kings XI batsmen Vs Sunrisers bowlers
The iconic Sharjah cricket ground brings Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad together for a mouth watering clash, which could primarily be a fight between Punjab batsmen and Hyderabad bowlers. Punjab, with impressive performances in their previous games are firm favourites for the game. Though, one cannot rule out Sunrisers, who are a well balanced side with both the willow and the white leather ball in hand.

Kings XI Punjab

With foreign imports such as Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and David Miller in their ranks, Punjab are a force to be reckoned with, where these players have already showcased their skill with the bat. Punjab proved that no target is stiff for them as they knocked down scores of 205 and 191 against Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings respectively with more than an over to spare.

Glen Maxwell and David Miller have been the destroyer with the Australian scoring 95 and 89 runs while the South African having scored a half century in both the innings. What impresses one more is their devastating strike rate, which is above 150. 

Apart from Maxwell and Miller, they have great hitters of the cricket ball such as Bailey and Sehwag along with steady Pujara as their anchor. As far as their batting line up is concerned, it would not be unfair to say that Punjab and Bangalore comprises of the best batting line up in the league. 

But, it is their bowling line up, which seems to be a worry, where they have conceded huge scores. They only have one world class bowler  - Mitchell Johnson, supported by Awana and Balaji, which might lead to their downfall, when their batsmen fail to score runs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

By managing a creditable performance in their debut season last year, Sunrisers Hyderabad are now in their second season. Despite succumbing to a defeat in their opening encounter against Rajasthan, Hyderabad have a more balanced unit than their counterparts in the game. Coming in at the top of the order, the two most talked about Aussie batsmen in recent times, Aaron Finch and David Warner fills the core of the Hyderabad squad. On their day, they can unsettle the best of the best bowlers of world cricket.

The Sunrisers have the right mix of batsmen and bowlers in their team. In Dale Steyn, they have one of the best bowlers in world cricket capable of winning matches single-handedly. But, in the last match, which they lost to Rajasthan Royals, the South African was left with too much to deliver, after their batsmen failed to post a big score.

Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra are the other two main bowlers. These three bowlers will play an important role if they are to keep their opponents silent.

Teams :

Kings XI Punjab

George Bailey , David Miller, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Rishi Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Thisara Perera, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Murali Kartik, Sandeep Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Akshar Patel, Parvinder Awana, Shardul Thakur, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma, Karanveer Singh.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

S Dhawan, S Anirudha, A Ashish Reddy, RK Bhui, AJ Finch, MC Henriques, JO Holder, MC Juneja, B Kumar, CV Milind, A Mishra, NV Ojha, P Parameswaran, Parvez Rasool, IK Pathan, AG Paunikar, KL Rahul, DJG Sammy, Ishant Sharma, KV Sharma, DW Steyn, BRM Taylor, Y Venugopal Rao, DA Warner.

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