IPL Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad
IPL Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad

This article is part of our IPL Preview series.

Sunrisers Hyderabad is the newest franchise out of the eight which will take part in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sunrisers made their first appearance in the IPL in the 2013 season as they replaced Deccan Chargers who were suspended by the league's governing body in 2012.

Since then, Sunrisers have had a good run in the tournament where they qualified for the playoffs four times in six editions and also claimed their maiden title in 2016.

In the previous edition, Hyderabad finished as runners-up after suffering an eight-wicket defeat in the final against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

The team is led by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who will have the coaching assistance of former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody.

In the batting department, the team will have the services of captain Williamson, his fellow countrymen Martin Guptill, England's Jonny Bairstow, right-hander Manish Pandey, veteran middle-order batsman Yusuf Pathan and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, whereas the team will also hope that star batsman David Warner will join the team in the middle of the tournament as he is still recovering from an elbow injury.

On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Australia's Billy Stanlake and spin duo of Afghanistan's Rashid Khan and Shahbaz Nadeem to produce bulk of the damage.

The team will also have the services of all-rounders like Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan and Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi, both of whom bat and ball at the same time and can make major contribution in the team's cause.

Key Facts

Sunrisers' highest score of 209-3 came in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2017 edition, whereas highest score against SRH of 227-4 was registered by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2016 season.

Sunrisers are the only active team in the IPL who are yet to be dismissed for a score of less than 100 – both while batting first or second.

Hyderabad's largest victory in terms of runs came in the match against Mumbai Indians where they emerged victorious by 85 runs, whereas their biggest defeat in terms of runs came in the match against CSK where they were thrashed by 77 runs.

Highest individual scored of 126 for Sunrisers was registered by Australia's Warner in the match against KKR in the 2017 edition. The left-hander remains the only centurion for the franchise till date in IPL history.

Highest individual score of 128 not out against SRH was registered by Delhi Daredevils' wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.

Warner holds the record for most runs (848) in a single season for the franchise, which he achieved in 2016 season, whereas India's veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan holds the record for most runs (2,767) for SRH in the IPL history.

Best bowling figures in a match for SRH was registered by right-arm pacer Kumar as he claimed five wickets for just 19 runs in a match against Kings XI Punjab in the 2017 season, whereas best bowling figures of 6-19 against Sunrisers was registered by Australia's leg-spinner Adam Zampa while representing Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2016 season.

Fast-bowler Kumar also holds the record of most wickets (26) in a single season for the franchise which he achieved in 2017 season, whereas he also has the record for most wickets (96) overall for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL history.

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