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Kings hope to halt Sunrisers’ streak

There will be little choose from on the basis of points table when Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings — both have won three of their five games so far in the Indian Premier League — face each other on Sunday. But on current form, Punjab Kings knows its task is cut out at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

From starting on a disappointing note, Sunrisers have emerged as a side to beat, registering a hat-trick of wins. Having trumped Knight Riders less than 48 hours ago, Kane Williamson’s warriors will look to make it a super Sunday.

Sunrisers’ pace quartet has shown that it’s one of the toughest to conquer. It will be up against a line-up that can potentially prove to be a happy headache for Bhuvneshwar and Co. and a worthy contest to witness for the spectators.

Kings’ captain Mayank Agarwal, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan and Englishman Jonny Bairstow all like the ball coming on to the bat. If they can withstand the early onslaught, Kings may hope to remain in the top-four heading into a new week.

The match will also witness battles within the battle. Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran will hope to emulate teammate Rahul Tripathi in exceeding expectations, against their previous franchise.

The same will be the case in the opposition camp, with Dhawan and Bairstow ready to fire on all cylinders versus their former franchise.


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