SRH vs PBKS Preview: Punjab desperate to face Hyderabad, do or die game for both teams


Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings will face each other in today’s double header match. The match will be held at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Both the teams would like to win their first match in the UAE leg. Sunrisers are almost out of the race for the playoffs as they have won only one match out of the 8 matches they have played. Punjab Kings, on the other hand, are also on the verge of being knocked out of the playoff race, PBKS 7 with 2 wins from 9 on the point table. KL Rahul-led Punjab have never won an IPL title and as things look, this year will be no different.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are playing without their key players Natarajan and Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow is currently in England, while Natarajan is Kovid positive and is currently in isolation. Yesterday, Sherfane Rutherford also returned home after his father passed away in the West Indies. At the bottom of the points table, SRH are almost out of the race for the playoffs. SRH’s batting line-up looks good on paper but looks so weak with Warner and Williamson failing. Only Bhuvneshwar and Rashid Khan have been impressive in the bowling line-up.

At Punjab Kings, their only problem is that they don’t know how to win matches. PBKS lost their previous match due to irresponsible shot selection in the final overs of the game. Their bowling unit is spot on with Shami, Arshdeep and Ravi Bishnoi. Chris Gayle is expected to play in tonight’s match.

Before the match starts at 7:30 PM IST, let’s take a look at the squads, face-to-face records and players to keep an eye on.

Approximate XI PBKS: KL Rahul (capt and wicketkeeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.

Estimated 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.

head to head

SRH hold the lead over PBKS with 12 wins from 17 matches, while PBKS have won only 5 matches.

Players to watch:

Aiden Markram and Manish Pandey

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