SRH vs KXIP – The twenty-second match of the IPL 2020 tournament between the teams, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab could all be about match-ups. We take a look at a key game plan that could play a role in the twenty-second game of the IPL – SRH vs KXIP
Kings XI Punjab has given a fair runs to their overseas batsmen this season while the seasoned campaigner Chris Gayle continues to warm the bench. One of the best overseas batsman to have played the IPL, Gayle is needed for his team now more than ever, against this opposition more than any other opposition. If you want to know why, the answer lies in the battle between Gayle and the best wicket-taking option for SRH, Rashid Khan.
In 2018, an angry Gayle took on Rashid en route his century. The aggressive opener wanted to “finish” Rashid if he stared at him, as mentioned by KL Rahul later.
In the IPL, Gayle has scored 43 runs in just 19 balls against the Afghan wrist spinner at a strike rate of 226.32. All his 6 sixes came during his scintillating ton in 2018. While Rashid has dismissed the West Indian opener once, he has also been put under the pump by Gayle.
Not only Rashid, Gayle has been absolutely terrific against the wrist spinners in recent years. Looking at the current KXIP batting, there seems to be no better option for KXIP than Gayle to counter the Rashid factor. The management needs to find a way to get the Unievrse Boss into the XI.
For SRH, they need to make sure they get the big fish early, or they might see their middle overs plans just getting destroyed by one of the best T20 batsmen ever.