In the first double-header day of the second leg of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will be up against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the evening match.
While Sunrisers lost in a one-sided battle against Delhi Capitals, Punjab was defeated by Rajasthan Royals in a thriller.
Their campaigns in this edition of the league so far have been utterly disappointing. SRH is virtually out of the playoffs race and currently has 1 win in 8 games. PBKS as well is not very well placed in the points table. They are at 7th spot with 3 wins in their 9 matches.
Match Details: SRH vs PBKS
Date – 25th September, 2021
Time – 7:30 pm IST
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
As we saw in the last season, the wicket at Sharjah is generally a belter with the small size of ground adding to the woes of the bowlers. However, yesterday’s encounter between CSK and RCB presented a completely different picture.
While, pitch favoured the batsmen in the first half of both the innings, it became slow during the latter half. It was not easy to play strokes in the death overs. It is expected to behave the same today as well. Team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – T Natarajan and Vijay Shankar will be unavailable for this game as well. Apart from these two players, all other players are available.
Punjab Kings – No news of injury concerns from the Punjab Kings’ camp so far.
In a total of 17 matches played among these two franchises, Sunrisers Hyderabad has won 12 with the other 5 games going in favour of Punjab Kings.
Probable XI of both teams
In Spite of the one-sided loss in the last game, SRH is unlikely to make any changes. They have an inexperienced middle order but no big name is sitting on the bench to make up for it.
David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
Kings faced a shocking defeat in their last match. Debutant Ishan Porel did not impress much. Adil Rashid as well did not make a very positive impact. With no scope of complacency left, the franchise may bring in Ravi Bishnoi and Chris Jordan as the replacements for Ishan Porel and Adil Rashid respectively.
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi.
Top 3 Fantasy Picks
Mayank Agarwal – The opener of Punjab Kings should be first pick in your fantasy XI. Scoring runs in heaps, Mayank Agarwal continued his outstanding run in IPL 2021. He smashed a 67-run knock against Delhi Capitals in the last game and is currently sitting at number 4 spot in the list of highest run-scorers with 327 runs at an average of nearly 47.
Arshdeep Singh – The medium pacer is currently the highest wicket-taker (12) for Punjab Kings in the ongoing season. Arshdeep took a fifer in the last match and can repeat the same performance today as well.
Kane Williamson – If SRH needs to win today’s encounter, their skipper Kane Williamson is the key. With the short boundaries of Sharjah, he can make full use of his gap-placement ability. He is yet to fire in IPL 2021 but tonight might be his.
Suggested Playing 11 – Option 1 for SRH vs PBKS Real11 Fantasy Cricket
Suggested Playing 11 – Option 2 for SRH vs PBKS Real11 Fantasy Cricket
Disclaimer: The teams given above involve analysis and instinct of the writer. You can go with the above options. Otherwise, make your fantasy XI based on the understanding, keeping our tips in mind.