Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings will face each-other in the evening fixture of today’s double-header. The match will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Both teams will be looking to win their first match in the UAE leg. Sunrisers are almost out of the playoff race, as they have won only one match out 8 matches they have played. On the other hand Punjab Kings are also on the brink of getting out of the playoff race, with 2 wins in 9 matches, PBKS are 7th on points table. KL Rahul led Punjab have never won IPL title and as the things are looking, this year also will not be any different.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been playing without their key players Natarajan and Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow is currently in England, while Natarajan is covid positive and currently is in isolation. Yesterday, Sherfane Rutherford also returned home after demise of his father in West Indies. At the bottom of the points table SRH are almost out of the playoff race. Batting line-up of SRH looks good on paper but, with Warner and Williamson out of form it looks so weak. In bowling line-up only Bhubaneshwar and Rashid Khan has been impressive.
In Punjab Kings, their only problem is that, they don’t know how to win matches. PBKS lost their previous match because of irresponsible shot selection in final overs of the game. Their bowling unit have been spot on, with Shami, Arshdeep and Ravi Bishnoi. Chris Gayle is expected to play in tonight’s clash.
Before the match begins at 7:30 pm IST, let’s have a look on squads, head-to-head records and players to watch-out for.
Predicted XI PBKS: KL Rahul (c & wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.
Predicted XI SRH: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
SRH have the edge over PBKS with 12 wins in 17 matches, while PBKS have won only 5 matches.
Players to watch-out for:
Aiden Markram and Manish Pandey