Nearly out of reckoning for a play-off berth, bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to play party-poopers after they tackle an equally struggling Punjab Kings within the IPL’s battle of laggards right here on Saturday.
Sunrisers suffered their seventh defeat on Wednesday after being blown away by Delhi Capitals and their play-off probabilities look lower than dim as they’ve managed simply two factors after eight video games.
Punjab, then again, fairly inexplicably discovered a option to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory towards Rajasthan Royals and will likely be determined to search out a solution to their issues after being positioned seventh with six factors from 9 matches.
The Kings had been well-placed to win their first IPL recreation of the UAE leg earlier than committing harakari within the final over bowled by Kartik Tyagi. They misplaced two wickets and scored only one run whereas needing 4 to win towards Rajasthan.
Regardless of being filled with glorious Indian and international expertise, Punjab Kings have usually tousled video games and skipper KL Rahul should tackle their inconsistency.
Punjab Kings have additionally lacked any form of stability during the last 14 seasons with captains and coaches being modified ceaselessly.
Their taking part in XI too has gone by many adjustments, one thing which has drawn sharp criticism from former crew mentor Virender Sehwag.
In batting, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been some of the dominant opening duo of the IPL.
Within the final recreation too, they placed on 120 runs in 11.5 overs however none of them may keep again to complete the job.
Whereas Chris Gayle can destroy any assault even on the age of 41, he was stored out within the final recreation.
Within the middle-order, Nicholas Pooran, who had a horrendous outing within the first section, seemed good within the final recreation earlier than he misplaced his bearings within the last over at the same time as Aiden Markram was left stranded on the opposite facet.
In bowling division, Mohammed Shami has been their prime bowler and he did effectively to drag issues again towards RR.
Younger Arshdeep Singh additionally returned with 5 wickets as he and Shami bowled out RR to 185 within the final recreation.
Nevertheless, Punjab’s spinners, particularly England’s Adil Rashid, have disenchanted they usually might want to step up their recreation within the subsequent few weeks.
For Sunrisers, it’s all about having fun with the remaining few video games and ending on a excessive.
With Johnny Bairstow, their season’s main run-getter, pulling out and Australian opener David Warner in poor type, SRH have discovered the going powerful towards Delhi.
The likes of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad additionally did not capitalise on their begins as SRH may handle simply 134 of their final recreation.
Their bowling has been too depending on spin sensation Rashid Khan and will probably be vital for the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jason Holder to place up a robust present to present some respectability to the crew’s marketing campaign.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Aiden Markram, Mandeep Singh, Darsan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi BIshnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (Captain), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Sherfane Rutherford, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abdul Samad, J Suchith, Jason Holder, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Jason Roy.
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