The evening game of the doubleheader on Monday will see the Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal. Both teams are coming into the competition on the back of losses in their previous matches and will look to reverse the trend on Monday night.
For the Sunrisers, they will need to bring back Mustafizur Rahman and hope he strikes form. He might not have had the best of starts to the 2017 campaign, but is still a key component of their side and should be brought back into the fray.
Their batting will once again revolve around David Warner, who has been instrumental in giving them good starts at the top of the order. Yuvraj Singh will also be important in the middle order. The players who will need to stand up and deliver are the likes of Shikhar Dhawan. Deepak Hooda and others who must ensure Warner and Yuvraj get the support that they needed.
In the bowling, the headaches are fewer. Rashid Khan continues to impress with his leg-spin while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the current holder of the Purple Cap. So in that regard, Warner should not be as worried as he should be with the batting.
Kings XI, on the other hand, suffered their second defeat of the competition on Saturday, this time at the hands of the Delhi Daredevils. The bowlers faltered first and then the batting also did not rise up to the challenge, thereby resulting in a big loss for the side.
The player on who a lot will hinge on again is their skipper Glenn Maxwell. The Australian has been aggressive in his leadership and with the bat in hand and will need to once again, lead from the front on Monday.
Their bowling has also struggled in recent times, particularly at the death and that is an area which they will need to improve upon.
If SRH bat 1st: 170+
With the kind of batting that they possess, the Sunrisers should aim for a total, in excess of 170+. For that, they will need at least 4 out of the Top 5 to fire and if that does happen, then they should be on course to reaching that score at home.
If KXIP bat 1st: 160+
A lot will depend on the kind of start that Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra give to this side. Maxwell and David Miller will be vital to their cause in the middle order. Their bowling performance will determine their eventual result.
Prediction: The Sunrisers Hyderabad seem the better side in this contest with a good all-round side at their disposal. If they get a big score like they did on the opening day of the competition, then the Kings XI could find it hard to reverse their losing trend.