Punjab Kings(PBKS) will be looking to extend their winning streak when they welcome struggling Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Wednesday afternoon. This will be the second double-header of this IPL 2021 season. In the evening Kolkata Knight Riders are up against in-form side Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Match Details: PBKS vs SRH
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Date: 21st April, 2021 Time: 03:30 pm IST
Preview: PBKS vs SRH
Punjab Kings are struggling to find the momentum despite scoring big. In the last match, they scored 195 runs playing first but failed to protect that against Delhi Capitals. DC easily reached that target with 10 balls remaining and won by 6 wickets. They lost 2nd match against Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets too. Now they have the lowest net run-rate among all 8 teams. Only good news from PBKS camp will be form of openers Mayank Agrawal and KL Rahul.
Sunrisers Hyderabad remained the only team to register a win in IPL 2021. They have lost all three opening fixtures but not by a big margin. They now sit at the last spot on the table and are in serious danger. In all three matches, they failed to reach the target, losing wickets in quick succession in death overs. Lack of finisher is their main concern, we may see some changes in the squad against Punjab Kings. SRH fans are calling for the return of Kane Williamson as well to ensure strong middle order.
Weather Report PBKS vs SRH:
Raining is very unlikely on Wednesday in Chennai. It will be very hot due to the afternoon fixture. The temperature is likely to be around 32 degrees Celsius.
Chennai pitch is famous for spinners and it’s proving right in IPL 2021 as well. SRH are well equipped with spinners and we can see Warner going with three spinners Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Murugan Ashwin remains the only key spinner available for PBKS, and that will reflect on the result on Wednesday. Batting first on this pitch will be crucial seeing the latest results, so Warner may be hoping to won the toss and choose bat first, which he hasn’t done yet this season.
Probable Playing XI:
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agrawal, KL Rahul(C&WK), Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Jhye Richardson, Mohammed Shami, Riley Meredith Arshdeep Singh.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(C), Jonny Bairstow(WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed.
Head to Head Stats: PBKS vs SRH
David Warner: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper has been in superb form always whenever the Punjab side are against him. Australian opener had a good partnership with Bairstow in the last match against Mumbai Indians. He scored 36 off 34 balls, which was not enough for his side. Against RCB he scored 54 off just 37 balls and will be looking to pull a big inning on Wednesday to guide his team for the first win.
Mayank Agrawal: Indian opener finally returned to his best in the last fixture. Agrawal scored 69 runs off just 36 balls against DC. He had a fantastic season last year and will be looking to build upon the latest inning in the fourth match.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Indian pacer missed the majority of last season due to injury. This season he is yet to get back to his normal best. But he is two times Orange Cap winner and has maintained a good economy under 7. He will be hoping to erase his bowling spell in the last match to come back stronger against PBKS.
Nicholas Pooran: West Indies skipper has all the quality to turn the game within few minutes. He was a big hit last season but struggled to perform when he was demoted to the fourth position due to the return of Chris Gayle to third.
Mayank Agrawal David Warner Jonny Bairstow
Team 1(If Punjab batting first):
Team 2(If SRH batting first):
Probable Winners: SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad are expected to win their first match today.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.