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Hyderabad vs Gujarat player battles: Can Kane Williamson break the Mohammed Shami hoodoo?

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Hyderabad will lock horns with in-form Gujarat in another fascinating Indian T20 League 2022 encounter at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday, April 11.

Led by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Hyderabad head into the Gujarat clash after securing an eight-wicket win over reigning champions Chennai on Saturday. The 2016 Indian T20 League winners have made a disappointing start to the new season, suffering defeats against Lucknow and Rajasthan in their first two matches. The Hyderabad-based franchise are currently placed eighth in the Indian T20 League 2022 standings with two points from three matches.

Debutants Gujarat, on the other hand, have made an impressive start to their maiden Indian T20 League campaign, winning all of their three matches so far. The Hardik Pandya-led outfit is currently the only unbeaten side in the Indian T20 League 2022, having beaten Punjab, Delhi and Lucknow so far. With six points from three matches, Gujarat are currently placed second in the standings and trail table-toppers Kolkata on net run rate.

Hyderabad and Gujarat will go head-to-head for the first time in the Indian T20 League on Monday.

On that note, let’s have a look at the key player battles that could decide the outcome of the match.

Hyderabad vs Gujarat key player battles

Kane Williamson vs Mohammed Shami

India cricket team fast bowler Mohammed Shami has troubled New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the Indian T20 League. The right-arm pacer has dismissed Williamson three times in the high-profile T20 league, while conceding just 29 runs to the Kiwi in five innings. 

While Williamson has amassed 1935 runs in 66 Indian T20 League matches at an average of 38.70, Shami has picked 85 wickets in 80 matches at an economy of 8.59. The battle between Williamson and Shami will be a key contest in the upcoming Indian T20 League 2022 clash on Monday.

Kane Williamson record vs Mohammed Shami

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Runs scored

Balls faced

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SR

5

29

24

3

120.83

Nicholas Pooran vs Rashid Khan

While West Indian wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran has been a decent performer with the bat in the Indian T20 League, former Hyderabad leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been nothing short of a revelation with the ball. Pooran has scored 645 runs in 36 Indian T20 League matches at an average of 22.24. On the other hand, Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid has bagged 98 wickets in 79 Indian T20 League matches.

Furthermore, Rashid has had an upper hand against Pooran in the Indian T20 League, giving away just eight runs in four innings that he has bowled to the West Indian. The Afghan has also dismissed Pooran once.

Rashid will be eager to produce another match-winning spell against his former side on Monday.

Nicholas Pooran record vs Rashid Khan

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Runs scored

Balls faced

Dismissed

SR

4

8

16

1

50

Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs David Miller

South Africa middle-order batsman David Miller has dominated India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Indian T20 League. The former Punjab batter has scored 43 runs off the 24 Bhuvneshwar Kumar deliveries he has faced in five Indian T20 League innings at an impressive strike rate of 179.16. However, the India international has managed to bag David Miller’s wicket once in the Indian T20 League.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar record vs David Miller

Innings

Runs scored

Balls faced

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SR

5

43

24

1

179.16

Having picked just nine wickets in the previous two editions of the Indian T20 League, Bhuvneshwar will look to put on a better show against Gujarat on Monday.

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