The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 37 being played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. SRH have been a mess this season, claiming just one win from eight matches so far. They are bottom of the standings with an unhealthy NRR. Meanwhile, seventh-placed PBKS have themselves to blame for conceding games from winning situations. They have failed to click as a unit. PBKS have three wins from nine games with a NRR of -0.345.
SRH needed inspiration from somewhere in the match against DC but failed to show any sort of fight. They were outplayed across all departments. SRH have issues in the middle-order and the absence of Vijay Shankar is a blow. Further, they also will be without T. Natarajan who is down with COVID-19. Sherfane Rutherford, who lost his father, has been released. Another good option from the bench is gone. The onus for SRH will be on Kane Williamson to score vital runs. With the ball, Rashid Khan is a threat.
PBKS had four runs to win the match against RR but failed to chase down the total. They are a side that has been in a panic mode more than often. KL Rahul is their main batsman to lead from the front. With the ball, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Shami can be a handful. PBKS need a win to keep their slim chances of qualification alive.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
Against DC the other night, they kept losing wickets to never provide any sort of impetus. SRH played a poor brand of cricket and that’s something they need to address. With Warner struggling for runs, SRH are in a spot of bother. They might get in the explosive Jason Roy to replace Warner. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has been the best bowler for SRH this season claiming 11 wickets already. All eyes will be on senior Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. These two are the best weapons for SRH against a good PBKS batting unit.
PBKS will be heavily dependent on KL Rahul for his exploits with the bat. Mayank Agarwal needs to be the able support and Aiden Markram in at number three promises a solid front three. However, it’s the middle order that lacks substance for PBKS. Nicholas Pooran needs to contribute and score quick runs. Finishing games is a worry for PBKS and that’s where they could struggle once again. However, PBKS have better bowling dynamic. With Adil Rashid in, he will be pivotal alongside youngster Ravi Bishnoi. In the pace department, Shami, Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh form a formidable attack.
Probable playing XIs: SRH vs PBKS
SRH probable playing XI:
Jason Roy/David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
PBKS probable playing XI:
KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Ravi Bishnoi, Adil Rashid, Ishan Porel, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Aiden Markram
All-rounders: Jason Holder
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Adil Rashid, Khaleel Ahmed
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shahrukh Khan
All-rounders: Jason Holder
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Sandeep Sharma
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Rahul and Williamson fit both teams. Rahul has been in top form across the last three seasons. The IPL 2021 has gone well for Rahul, who has already chipped in consistently. Williamson is a notable customer for SRH. His experience can be vital.
Holder is the main all-rounder who needs to be picked. His bowling is crucial and he can produce the big shots. Lack of genuine all-rounders in both sides mean Holder is the only notable option.
In the bowling department, Rashid can be picked. He is bowling well and holds the card for SRH. Also, Arshdeep can be looked upon as well.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
KL Rahul: With 380 runs, Rahul is already in the race alongside Shikhar Dhawan (422) for the prestigious Orange Cap. He is the holder as well and the amount of runs scored since 2018 shows his consistency for Punjab. He can set the tone with a crucial knock for his side.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan spinner can get you the desired wickets in the game and is SRH’s best bowler. His tight spells and ability to come in and play some boundaries with the bat makes him a certain feasible option as captain.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Williamson is a sound option. He has 146 runs from five games and has the best score of 66*. Arshdeep can be a sound option as well. He claimed five wickets against RR the other day.
Other choices: Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch will be a cracking affair for batsmen given the nature of the wicket promising runs in abundance. Whichever team bats well and bowls in the right areas will win. It’s expected to be a hot day tomorrow and humidity will have a say.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
In the previous meeting this season, the match was won by SRH (9 wickets).
The two teams have faced each other on 17 occasions. SRH have won 12 times.
PBKS will win this match because of a better batting unit. However, if the game goes close, they might panic and surrender the tie.