Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings face each other in match number 70 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings face each other in match number 70 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. This is the final league game, and it’s a dead rubber as well. Both teams won’t make it to the playoffs. It will be a test to showcase their character one last time.

Analysis of SRH

SRH enjoyed a start-stop campaign which led to their demise. They lost the first two games and went on a roll by sealing five successive wins. However, five successive losses thereafter derailed their campaign. They finally ended the run by beating MI in the previous game, but the odds were never there in terms of qualification. Kane Williamson will not be there for SRH. Nicholas Pooran is likely to captain the side. Rahul Tripathi impressed for SRH, and he will be the cynosure of all eyes.

Bowling-wise, Umran Malik has been the show-stopper. There are rumors that he can be picked for India’s T20I series versus South Africa. The likes of T Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will aim to finish strongly. 

Analysis of PBKS

Despite assembling a good squad in the auction, PBKS have fallen short once again. Somewhere they couldn’t get that desired consistency. Liam Livingstone was a shining light for Punjab this season, and he will hope to end strongly. Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan will hope to provide a strong start. 

Bowling-wise, Kagiso Rabada has been highly influential. He has picked a lot of wickets. Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Singh will hope to continue the good work shown. Punjab know they can finish with a win here, given SRH’s questionable batting.

Head-to-head record

Both teams have faced each other 19 times in the IPL. SRH have won on 13 instances. Punjab have claimed six wins.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

PBKS predicted playing XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh.

SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Glenn Phillips, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (captain and wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Umran Malik, T Natarajan

Which team is the predicted winner?

We go with Punjab in this contest. They have a better dimension on offer, and SRH can struggle versus them. PBKS have all-round quality on offer, and that can hurt the Sunrisers. 

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host this duel. Chasing sides have won three of the last five matches. The pacers can be backed to do well. Spinners can be counted upon as well.

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Tripathi is the top scorer for SRH and has 393 runs. He can get past the 400-run mark. Abhishek Sharma has enjoyed batting and has piled up 383 runs. Livingstone can also surpass 400 runs and needs 12 more. Shikhar Dhawan can get to 450 runs. 

The major bowling stats on offer

Rabada is the most successful pacer this season, with 22 scalps. He will be eyeing the 25-wicket mark. Umran has 21 scalps as well and will want to finish high. Rahul Chahar has claimed 14 scalps this season. For SRH, Natarajan has taken 18 wickets.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Jonny Bairstow, Nicholas Pooran, Jitesh Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma

All-rounders: Aiden Markram, Liam Livingstone

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Jonny Bairstow, Nicholas Pooran, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma

All-rounders: Aiden Markram, Liam Livingstone

Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices

Umran Malik: He has 21 scalps in IPL 2022 and can do a commendable job. He has express pace and can cause issues. One will hope he delivers.

Liam Livingstone: With 388 runs so far, Livingstone has been one of PBKS’ success stories. He can change the complexion of the game.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

B Kumar: The Indian bowler will look to showcase his attributes against Punjab. He has done a reasonable job in recent games and has been solid when needed. 

K Rabada: The pacer will look to be prolific for his side. He has been a serious wicket-taker and deserves credit.

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