A clash between the bottom two, both the teams got off to the worst start possible. PBKS were in cruise control vs Rajasthan, they needed 4 in 6 balls and still managed to bottle it. SRH has not been up to the standard this season, having lost seven out of their eight games, it seems the orange army will now pay more for their pride than qualification to the playoffs.
Where: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
When: 7:30 PM IST
Pitch Report: A batsmen’s dream and the bowler’s nightmare. The stadium is a very small venue, edges and misses also tend to go the distance. No help really for bowlers. The team is expected to win the toss and bat first.
SRH has lost seven of their eight games in the IPL this season. Even winning all six of their remaining games will only take them to 14 points, which might not be enough as they also have the worst net run-rate in the league. Warner had a torrid 1st phase of the IPL, and that continued as he was out for 0 vs DC. Other players in the team also didn’t score at a good enough strike rate, and the bowling unit didn’t really have a total on the board they could defend. It’s expected that SRH will now use different combinations and making changes to their team.
T. Natrajan is still missing due to covid, no other injury update.
Wriddhiman Saha, Jason Roy, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Kedar Jadhav, Sherfane Rutherford, Rashid Khan, Bhuvenshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddharth Kaul
KL Rahul and co. will be very disappointed because of their loss to RR. The game was in the bag for them, needing 4 runs of the last over, and still managed to bottle it. They are now in 7th position, but the Punjab team had a lot of positives from that game. KL Rahul & Mayank Aggarwal with another 100 run partnership, new signing Markram also played well on his first-ever IPL Match. Arshdeep also got his first 5-wicket haul, but the bowlers will look to concede fewer runs this game. The team management has to instill a winning mentality into the team, as they have the talent and it’s just about seeing games off better.
No injury updates in the PBKS squad
KL Rahul, Mayank Aggarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Porel
Head to head
Matches played: 17
SRH: 12 wins
PBKS: 5 wins
Adil Rashid vs Kane Williamson
Rashid Khan vs Chris Jordan
KL Rahul vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Stats that matter
KL and Mayank are both in the top three for the run of the orange cap
Arshdeep Sing got his first five-fer and is in 4th in the purple cap list with 12 wickets
KL Rahul has hit the most sixes this season(18)
Rashid Khan is bowling at a great economy of 6.19