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IPL 10, Match 33: Punjab vs Hyderabad

Wisden India logo Wisden India 28-04-2017 Wisden India staff

Fresh from a four-day break after a much-needed win against Gujarat Lions in their previous encounter, Kings XI Punjab will look to avenge the five-run defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier in the season when the teams lock horns at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in the first game in Mohali on Friday (April 28).

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Currently perched in the lower half of the points table with three wins and four losses, Punjab rode on yet another half-century by Hashim Amla, the second-highest run-getter this tournament, to notch up a formidable 188 for 7 in their 20 overs, before delivering a fine bowling performance to restrict Gujarat to 162 for 7.

Punjab started their campaign on a high with back-to-back wins in Indore, before losing four games on the bounce. The bowling has been the main cause of concern for the home team, with all of the pacers going for more than 8.5 runs per over throughout the tournament, leaving Axar Patel and KC Cariappa to do most of the restrictive and penetrative work.

It has also not helped that Punjab haven't been able to find a settled bowling unit thus far, making changes in almost every match.

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Their batting has looked good when it has clicked, Amla leading the pack with two half-centuries and a century. Manan Vohra, who scored a scintillating 50-ball 95 when the two teams met the last time around in Hyderabad, has been an excellent foil. Glenn Maxwell, the skipper, has been in decent touch and Punjab will hope that their big-match players like David Miller come to the fore sooner rather than later.

Hyderabad, last season’s titlists, are third on the table with nine points, winning four out of the eight games so far and sharing the points in a rain-abandoned outing against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday.

Hyderabad's bowlers have been among the best this tournament with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the holder of the Purple Cap, leading the pack with 16 wickets. He has been impeccable at the death, bowling with pace and accuracy, while Rashid Khan has impressed with his leg-spinners and wrong 'uns.

David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have been key in providing Hyderabad with crucial starts throughout the tournament, while Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques and Kane Williamson have all had at least one solid outing each.

While this is the first match at this venue this season, scores from last season would suggest a high-scoring encounter in the pitch hasn’t changed much in character.

Head-to-head record:

Played: 9. Punjab won: 2, Hyderabad: 7.

Head-to-head at the PCA Stadium, Mohali:

Played: 3. Punjab: 0, Hyderabad: 3.

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