Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered an absolutely imperious home win by nine wickets, over Gujarat Lions (GL) in the reverse fixture. Rashid Khan was an unknown commodity back then and his bag of tricks befuddled the cream of the Gujarat batting line-up, with Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch being trapped plumb in front of their stumps by the Afghanistan leg-spinner. The visitors were restricted to 135/7 batting first and in reply, unbeaten half-centuries from David Warner (76*) and Moises Henriques (52*) took the home team to a nine-wicket win in the 16th over.
Gujarat’s two-year stint in the Indian Premier League comes to an end this evening. Will they bow out on a high?
GL vs SRH Head-to-head
Gujarat have yet to register a victory against Hyderabad, who have a head-to-head record of 4-0 against Lions. These two teams met thrice last season, including in the second qualifier of IPL 2016 at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
This evening’s clash is the first between Lions and Sunrisers at the Green Park in Kanpur.
Gujarat: LWLLT (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 7th)
Hyderabad: WLLWW (current position on the points table: 4th)
Match 53: GL vs SRH Playing XI
For what might well prove to be their last match in the IPL, unless the IPL governing council decide to make this a 10-team league-cum-knockout competition from next season, Gujarat are unlikely to make many changes to their playing XI from the heartbreaking two-wicket loss to Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday night.
Their bowling has been the biggest letdown and the lack of quality and experience in the bowling attack has cost the Lions many a match in IPL 2017.
For their final match of this season, you can expect Gujarat to put out the same playing XI from the last match: 1. Suresh Raina (c), 2. Dwayne Smith, 3. Ishan Kishan, 4. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5. Aaron Finch, 6. Ravindra Jadeja, 7. James Faulkner, 8. Basil Thampi, 9. Dhawal Kulkarni, 10. Pradeep Sangwan/Irfan Pathan, and 11. Ankit Soni
Actual playing XI for Gujarat: 1. Suresh Raina (c), 2. Dwayne Smith, 3. Ishan Kishan, 4. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5. Aaron Finch, 6. Ravindra Jadeja, 7. James Faulkner, 8. Munaf Patel, 9. Praveen Kumar, 10. Pradeep Sangwan, and 11. Ankit Soni
Sunrisers might be forced to make one change from the commanding seven-wicket win over Mumbai, with Yuvraj Singh potentially missing out due to a left small-finger injury. Ashish Nehra, who suffered a hamstring pull in last weekend’s home match against Rising Pune Supergiant, is likely to be unavailable for selection as well.
If Yuvraj is indeed unfit, Deepak Hooda might well be his replacement. Other than which change, Sunrisers aren’t expected to tinker with their playing XI.
SRH’s probable playing XI vs GL: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Deepak Hooda/Yuvraj Singh, 5. Naman Ojha (wk), 6. Mohammad Nabi, 7. Rashid Khan, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Siddarth Kaul, 10. Mohammed Siraj, and 11. Vijay Shankar
Sunrisers’s actual playing XI for this evening’s match is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted: Yuvraj Singh, who suffered a small-finger injury while fielding in the match against Mumbai, has been replaced by Deepak Hooda.
Prediction, match 53: GL vs SRH
Taking into account Gujarat’s one-dimensional bowling attack, the well-rounded Sunrisers are firm favourites to win, knock Kings XI Punjab out of the playoff race and go into the playoffs. For Gujarat to finish off with a win, their bowlers need to pull up the socks and assist the batsmen, whether they defend a total or bowl first.