There will come a point when the most balanced bowling attack of the tournament is unable to carry a batting line-up that has failed to get off the ground. Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hoping that time is not now, when they take on Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday (April 19).
Kings XI have been up and down, but the Sunrisers' path has been clear. While their batsmen, both the international crew led by Kumar Sangakkara and the young Indian brigade represented by the likes of Akshath Reddy, have failed to fire, the bowling has worked miracles.
Dale Steyn was always expected to be a major force in the sixth edition of the Pepsi Indian Premier League, given that his pace and late swing render the pitch conditions irrelevant. Even on the flattest of decks Steyn has what it takes to beat the bat regularly and, with a bit of luck, he will always be among the wickets.