IPL 2020: Top three picks for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab

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The race to playoffs has started to get more and more crucial and intriguing with the teams fighting for the possible place in the playoffs. The teams are targeting the fourth place as Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have kept one foot in that place. The teams like Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders face the fight from Sunrisers Hyderabad in a bid to qualify for playoffs. In such a race, Sunrisers Hyderabad are up against Kings XI Punjab in match 43 of the season.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are from a great victory against Rajasthan Royals. It was a solid fightback from SRH as they were reduced to 16 for the loss of two wickets. However, Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar dismissed the threats to register a victory. Sunrisers will look to keep their hunt alive with a victory over Kings XI Punjab at Dubai International Stadium.

It will not be a task for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The inclusion of Chris Gayle has made KXIP much stronger and they have to be on their toes. Here are the top three picks for Sunrisers Hyderabad against KXIP:

#1) Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey

The Karnataka lad was going through a bad patch and was being heavily criticized for his poor performances. However, the player shut the mouth of critics with a great performance against Rajasthan Royals when the opposition seemed to be on top. He will be one of the top three picks for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.

The player scored 83 runs from 47 deliveries which included four fours and six maximums. Manish Pandey will look to make the chance count with the teams getting finalized for the Australia tour. Manish Pandey has unfinished business left against KXIP as he was dismissed paltry score of 1 in the previous match-up between the sides.

#2) Vijay Shankar

Vijay Shankar in IPL 2020

The Indian all-rounder has been criticized for poor performances with both bat and ball. Because of his poor performances, Vijay Shankar was even dropped from both the national side and Sunrisers Hyderabad side after a run of two-three games. However, the player got a chance to redeem himself against Rajasthan Royals as the injury to Kane Williamson called for a tactical tweak.

In the game against RR, Vijay Shankar not only scored a half-century but also bowled his economic quota of four overs. He bowled three overs for 15 runs and took a crucial wicket of Jos Buttler. He will be one of the top three picks for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

#3) Rashid Khan

Whenever Sunrisers Hyderabad seemed to have stuck in trouble, Rashid Khan has bailed the side out of the trouble. Rashid Khan has played an integral part in the victories and losses of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Though he hasn’t topped the charts like earlier editions, the player has 12 wickets from 10 games at an economy of 5.47, which is his best performance in the past three seasons.

Against KXIP, Rashid Khan has a big role to play as they are up against the likes of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran and Chris Gayle. David Warner will hope his best player to perform at the top level on Saturday.