He has not played any high-level competitive cricket apart from few games at the Bangladesh Premier League. Kane Williamson is injured and may not feature in the first eleven for the game.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is expected to lead the side in his absence. They have one of the best bowling line ups of the tournament led by the charismatic Rashid Khan.
Billy Stanlake, the tall bowler from Australia could also make an impact as he can generate uneven bounce from the surface.
One big change that the Sunrisers have to deal with is the absence of Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. Dhawan will now play for Kolkata Knight Riders this season. If Williamson misses out than the Bairstow could be making the eleven and opening the batting for the Sunrisers.
They were heavily understaffed with only 19 players at their disposal but ably led by Dinesh Karthik they surprised everybody by making the playoffs ahead of accomplished teams like RCB and KXIP. Sunil Narine and Andre Russell will once again be their trump cards.
Narine should open the batting along with Lynn to take advantage of the powerplay restrictions. They could also have Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill in their line up in case they do not want to go with Narine as the opener.
The bowling department is a spin-heavy one.
There is one thing that is in favour of the Knight Riders and that is that in spite of being so close to the world cup, they are not going to lose too many of their international players due to the event. Russell gets one out of the middle and its out of the ground.
Uthappa loses his off stump and KKR are 2 down for 87 after Uthappa goes big and clears square leg boundary. Yusuf drops Uthappa in the 8th Over.
KKR 47 for 1 after the powerplay. Nitish Rana takes 10 from 2 to get the chase rolling. Shakib takes out Lynn. Lynn goes big. First six of the innings.
Yusuf Pathan is bowled by Russell. SRH 3 down now. Yusuf Pathan comes to the crease. Warner has been caught at cover by Uthappa. Warner now into the 80s and looking set for a Shankar goes big for a SIX. Vijay Shankar is the new batsman.
Bairstow is bowled by Chawla for first wicket of the game. Warner going strong at 62 from 36 balls. Andre Russell, the big WestIndian into the attack.
Bairstow paddles one to the boundary of Narine. Sunil Narine into the attack now. Lockie Ferguson into the attack now. Warner spanks one through the covers again for 2nd boundary of the match. Spin into the attack, Chawla from the other end.
SRH will be batting first.
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