Indian Premier League is fast moving towards the business end of this season’s competition with teams now eager to add points on the board and confirm their place in this year’s playoff stage. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP team 2018) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH team 2018) have been in good form this season and are the 2 likely names we could see reach the playoff stage when in about a month’s time. IPL 2018 SRH vs KXIP will be the second time these teams will play against each other wih KXIP team 2018 walking away with the win in the first match where Chris Gayle scored a stunning century. SRH team 2018 will be gunning for revenge as they a win more than KXIP team 2018 to continue their momentum for the season. IPL SRH vs KXIP battle will feature some of the best T20 players in the world and it will be worth taking a look at the 5 players who could decide the IPL SRH vs KXIP game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on April 26, 2018.
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1). Chris Gayle (KXIP team 2018)
Kings XI Punjab think tank’s decision to rest Chris Gayle for the game against Delhi Daredevils turned out perfectly after KXIP team beat DD team 2018 which will allow Chris Gayle to be at his absolute best in the IPL 2018 SRH vs KXIP match. Gayle smashed Rashid Khan for 4 sixes in the IPL KXIP vs SRH game earlier in the season and the “Universe Boss” will be looking to offer his team a similar start in this match as well. Gayle’s batting at the top has allowed to be a cover for KXIP team’s middle order batting and Kings XI Punjab would hope that something similar happens when these 2 teams will meet against each other on Thursday. A big change in Gayle’s batting this season has been that he is going hard in the powerplay overs but is also keeping his shape. Gayle is also choosing his bowlers carefully and is picking his time to attack the opposition bowling. IPL 2018 SRH vs KXIP could see Gayle become the first ever KXIP batsman to get a 50+ score in 4 consecutive IPL games. Chris Gayle has made 229 runs from his 3 innings so far in the IPL 2018.
2). Kane Williamson (SRH team 2018)
Kane Williamson was not in many people’s playing 11 for SRH team 2018 yet he has turned out to be a treat to watch in IPL 2018 so far this season. Having been given the role of captaincy, Kane Williamson has taken his game to the next level and IPL 2018 SRH vs KXIP will be another chance for Williamson and SRH team 2018 to further cement their position as the firm favorites to win the IPL 2018 title. Williamson is an important factor for the SRH team in both the innings as his captaincy is vital to how Sunrisers Hyderabad play their matches. SRH team 2018 pulled out a miraculous win against Mumbai Indians where SRH team 2018 managed only 118 runs and yet managed to win that by 81 runs. Williamson will be the key batsman for SRH team 2018 this season and will need able support from Shikhar Dhawan and more importantly Manish Pandey to take this team past the finishing line. Kane Williamson made 259 runs from his 6 innings so far in the IPL 2018.
3). KL Rahul (KXIP team 2018)
Chris Gayle may have taken all the headlines for KXIP team 2018 but KL Rahul has been the best batsman for KXIP team 2018 this season. KL Rahul is batting in a zone at the moment where he seems capable of hitting every ball for a boundary or a six. The best part of about KXIP team 2018s KL Rahul which we have not seen with Indian team is that KL Rahul is now beginning to time the ball effortlessly and feels much more confident while playing his shots. It may be the Virender Sehwag effect but KL Rahul is fast turning into a match winner for KXIP team 2018 and looks capable of scoring a 40 or 50 everytime he goes out to bat. Rahul has made 236 runs from his 6 innings so far in the IPL 2018.
4). AJ Tye (KXIP team 2018)
We have talked about the batsmen who could win the IPL 2018 SRH vs KXIP match-up, let’s talk about the bowlers for a moment as IPL 2018 SRH vs KXIP does have a great variety of bowlers who can win the games on their own and one of them is the KXIP team star, AJ Tye. The Australian has already got the taste of wearing the “IPL 2018 Purple Cap” once and he will be gunning to make that a possibility again in this match. AJ Tye is known to be a devastating bowler in the death overs where his change-up deliveries always confuse the batsmen who are going after him. AJ Tye becomes an even bigger match-winner if KXIP team 2018 are defending a big target as it then allows AJ Tye to mix his deliveries and invite the batters to attack him and then they are always likely to get out against the slower balls, knuckle-balls and at times against AJ Tye’s slow-ball bouncers as well. AJ Tye has picked up 9 wickets from the 6 matches so far in IPL 2018.
5). Rashid Khan (SRH team 2018)
No bowler is looking forward to the IPL SRH vs KXIP game as much as Rashid Khan is as the little Afghanistani spinner will be gunning to right the wrong from the first meeting between these sides earlier this season. Rashid Khan was taken to the cleaners by Chris Gayle as Rashid ended up conceding 27 runs in an over. IPL 2018 KXIP vs SRH will give Rashid a second crack at Chris Gayle and the KXIP team 2018 and after his man of the match performance against Mumbai Indians, SRH team 2018 will be hoping to see their star bowler back in form. Rashid Khan is a true match winner on his day and he can go past any batsman’s defense and Rashid Khan has already hinted that he will not be bowling fuller length deliveries against KXIP team 2018 which led to his downfall in the first match against KXIP team 2018 earlier this season. Rashid Khan has picked up 9 wickets from the 6 matches so far in IPL 2018.