Sunrisers will be strengthened by the return of David Warner.
Sunrisers Hyderabad full squad: Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. He was supported well by Bairstow as the pair put up a brilliant 118 run opening standing.
As Australia started their second ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah, Warner gave a timely reminder of his ability to dismantle an attack while powering Hyderabad to a total of 3-181.
Rashid, who hit a 10-ball 34 past year to help Sunrisers beat KKR in the second qualifier and qualify for the final, added they would also look to such a player lower down the order.
He was given a one-year ban for his part in the scandal during a Test match against South Africa last March.
Andre Russell although has been playing for the KKR over the years, he has often been hit by injury, stopping him from participating in the tournament for the entire stretch.
Afghanistan's other cricket sensation, Mujeeb Zadran, has joined Kings XI Punjab and has already started training sessions for the opening match. As the opener, Chris Lynn dismissed for 7, another opener Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa tried to steady the ship with an 80-run stand. It's six wicket win for the hosts in the end.
His efforts though were not enough, with Andre Russell hitting an unbeaten 49 off 19 balls as the Knight Riders won by six wickets with two balls to spare at Kolkata's Eden Gardens. H broke Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma's record to become the players with most runs against the Knight Riders in the IPL.
Last season, under the new leadership of seasoned campaigner Dinesh Karthik, KKR incidentally lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs in Qualifier-2.
Kane Williamson, who led them to runners-up finish in the Aussie's absence last season, will continue to captain Sunrisers, a team that is known for its depth and variation in bowling.
"It's not a long-term injury, whether he plays, we will take a call on Sunday", Moody said.
What if Vijay Shankar came into bowl the last over?