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VIVO IPL 2018 match 25: KXIP vs SRH - Is Hyderabad ready for 'Gayle Storm'?
Kings XI Punjab take on the host Sunrisers Hyderabad today at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad in match number 25 of VIVO IPL 2018. The last time these two teams met at Mohali, Hyderabad had suffered a 15-run loss after being hit by 'Gayle Storm'.

With five wins from six matches in the season, KXIP is having a great outing in IPL 2018 so far. They have won their last four matches on the trot. Chris Gayle who was given rest in the last match is expected to return to the squad on Thursday. With three 50 plus scores and a century, Gayle can be a nightmare for the bowlers. KL Rahul who has smashed 236 runs in this season so far is equally dangerous.

Skipper R Ashwin who has just five wickets but a nice economy rate in season 11 of the Indian Premier League so far will want some extra efforts from his bowlers. Apart from Ashwin, Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman who has demonstrated his class in earlier matches will be the key for Punjab.

Despite their thrilling win over the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday night, Sunrisers still can't afford to relax while facing the in-form KXIP who are looking for their fifth consecutive win.

SRH walked away with victory while defending a subtle total of 143 against the Delhi Daredevils in their last match. Skipper Kane Williamson is the top run scorer for the team while Shikhar Dhawan is far second. In bowling, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the most consistent performer for SRH. Kumar along with Siddarth Kaul and Rashid Khan has led the team to victory on several occasions by rattling the batsmen of the opposition.

With eleven overall matches head to head, Sunrisers Hyderabad have won eight while Kings XI Punjab have had victory in three. While, out of five matches played at Hyderabad, Kings have won just one game.

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