MOHALI: It will the batting might of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) against the bowling prowess of Sunrisers Hyderabad when the two teams face off at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium, here on Thursday. This will KXIP’s last home match in Mohali.
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KXIP batsmen have shown good form with KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and Karun Nair leading the way. Rahul has hit 135 runs in the tournament in three innings at a strike-rate of 198.52. The Karnataka opener also hit the fastest-ever IPL fifty this season against Delhi Daredevils.
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Gayle sent a warning to the bowlers with a 33-ball 63 against Chennai Super Kings in his first game of this year’s IPL while Nair has also chipped in with useful knocks in all three games that Kings have played. Add the powerful Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis to the batting line-up, the Kings XI have got the arsenal to gun down any team just with their batting. Only Yuvraj Singh hasn’t hit his straps yet.
“With Gayle in form, the Kings XI batting line-up is very strong. They have the power that is essential to win T20 games. But our bowling is also in top gear and we have the resources to stop Kings XI batsmen,” Sunrisers coach Tom Moody said, a day prior to the match between the two.