Guptill debuts as Kings XI bowl; Yuvraj, Nehra return

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Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell chose to bowl in the team’s first home game in Mohali this season, against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kings XI have won three tosses this season and have opted to chase in all of them.

Martin Guptill

Fresh off a four-day break, Kings XI named four changes from the side that beat Gujarat Lions. Martin Guptill and Eoin Morgan were brought in for Marcus Stoinis and Hashim Amla, who hadn’t recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained in the previous game. Seamers Anureet Singh and Ishant Sharma were also drafted in for Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan.

Sunrisers, buoyed by the return to fitness of Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra, left out left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma and fast bowler Mohammad Siraj. Sunrisers captain David Warner said he would have batted first. “It looks like one of those wickets where you put runs on the board,” Warner said. “It is a good ground, and we are going to back our strength – defending.”

Sunrisers are currently third on the points table with four wins from eight games, while Kings XI are fifth with three wins in seven matches.

Kings XI Punjab: 1 Manan Vohra, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 KC Cariappa, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Anureet Singh

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Naman Ojha (wk), 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Siddarth Kaul. (ESPNCricinfo)

Nikhil Kalro is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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