SRH Vs PBKS, Match Preview
SRH Vs PBKS: The Punjab Kings are fresh off a loss that shouldn’t have been. They needed eight in twelve, with wickets in hand, and completely messed up the chase. The top-order started well, but the middle-order struggled to take the side through. PBKS will be enlightened with their bowling though. Arshdeep Singh in particular, impressed with five wickets, bowling brilliantly in the death
They failed to complete similar chases last year as well, and that dented their playoff chances badly. They are still in with a chance here, and will look to bounce back strongly.
SRH are with one win in eight games. They need to win all their games to stand a chance at making the playoffs, and are struggling badly. Their backbone in David Warner hasn’t come to the party, and the middle-order isn’t doing enough. The bowling has also lacked bite, and things have been difficult for Hyderabad. They are without Natarajan, who has Covid-19, making things difficult.
They are going to be without Shane Rutherford for the rest of the season. Rutherford left the bubble after his father passed away, and is unlikely to be back depleting the squad further.
SRH Vs PBKS, Team News
The Sunrisers Hyderabad are without Natarajan for another game, and could stick with the same eleven. They have Jason Roy on the sidelines, but are likely to stick with David Warner.
Punjab did not use Gayle in the previous game, and went with Aiden Markram. With the middle-order crumbling under pressure, PBKS may be tempted to bring Gayle at number three. The bowling is likely to remain the same, with the death bowling looking strong.
SRH Vs PBKS, Predicted XIs
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Abdul Samad, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Khaleel Ahmed.
Kings XI Punjab: 1 KL Rahul (capt & wk), 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Fabian Allen, 7 Adil Rashid, 8 Harpreet Brar, 9 Arshdeep Singh, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Ishan Porel.
SRH Vs PBKS, Players to Watch out for
David Warner is struggling, and time seems to be running out for him this season. His form has been crucial for the Sunrisers over the years, and he is in a sticky spot. With seven games to go, Warner will be looking to make a huge impact, and bring his season back on track. He has gone through a lot this year, and struggled in the game against Delhi. There is an injury that could be hampering him, but Warner will still not be pleased with the proceedings.
Last season, Mayank Agarwal saw an epic collapse that led to a lose after his wicket. This season, the team struggled to get past the finish line after his dismissal. He has played well, but has been getting out at times that have proven to be crucial. The loss will be fresh on his mind, and Mayank Agarwal will ensure to bat through, and take the team home. He is an important member of the side, and will look to take complete responsibility of the innings.
SRH Vs PBKS, Pitch Report
The first game played in Sharjah saw a slow surface. Runs came easy with the new ball, there was less swing, but there was a lot of grip for the spinners. Dew didn’t have an effect, but it could as there was dew at Sharjah last season. With small boundaries, and dew a factor chasing will be better. The ground is good for big hitters, making things easy while knowing the target.