Sunrisers Hyderabad are having a tough time this season. They have lost both games played until now and are at the bottom of the points table. They lost their last game by 5 wickets against Lucknow. Their batters have failed miserably and they need to start performing before it’s too late for them. The bowlers have been in good form and it’s up to the batters to complement them.
Punjab Kings, on the other hand, have started off really well. They have won both matches until now and are in the 3rd position in the points table. They defeated the Rajasthan Royals by 5 runs in their last game. The batters are in good form while the bowlers have assisted them quite well. Punjab will be eyeing their third consecutive win in this game.
The batters have failed miserably and that’s the main reason for their poor performance. They have many quality players and excellent depth in their squad. The likes of Aiden Markram, Mayank Agarwal, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Harry Brook, Glenn Phillips and Heinrich Klaasen are proven performers and SRH must get their combinations right with the bat.
They have plenty of good options with the ball as well. Umran Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Adil Rashid and Washington Sundar form a very strong bowling attack. They also have Marco Jansen and Akeal Hosein in their ranks. Hyderabad must regroup and start performing as a team.
The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan, Sikandar Raza and Sam Curran form an explosive batting unit. They have done well in the first two games and will look to continue that in this match as well. The bowlers have been excellent led by Arshdeep Singh, Sam Curran, and Nathan Ellis. Ellis has been phenomenal as he picked up 4 wickets in the last game. Sikandar Raza and Rahul Chahar are the main spinners for Punjab. They are in good form as a team and will look to continue that in this match.
Pitch Venue Report
The pitch at Hyderabad is a balanced one. Overall, it’s a good one for batting but there will be some movement for the pacers with the new ball and the spinners will get some purchase as well. The batters need to settle in before playing their shots. The average first innings score here is 163 runs and teams batting first have won 61% of the matches played here.
Probable Playing XI
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Mayank Agarwal, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaassen (wk), Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, T Natarajan
Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis/Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Players to Watch Out For
Shikhar Dhawan scored 86* runs in the last match. He has a total of 126 runs at an average of 126 in the two games so far. He will hold one end and look to throughout the 20 overs.
Arshdeep Singh picked up 3 wickets in the first game and 2 in the last one. He has been brilliant in the power play and will be a key bowler for Punjab. He’ll look to pick up a few wickets with the new ball and push Hyderabad on the backfoot.
Aiden Markam got out for a golden duck in the last game but he is a champion batter and will look to bounce back strongly in this game. He will bat at number 4 and may bowl a few overs as well. Markram will be a key pick in fantasy cricket as well.
Umran Malik has been decent in the two matches until now. He is one of the fastest bowlers in the tournament and he can trouble the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh and Bhanuka Rajapaksa with his pace and bounce.
SRH vs PBKS Dream11 Team
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