Punjab Kings will be hoping to forget the ghost of a two-run loss to Rajasthan Royals as soon as possible and look to score some points in their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sharjah International Stadium later on Saturday. Do. Currently sitting seventh and eighth respectively on the points table, the game will have a big impact for both sides if the Indian Premier League playoff dream is to be kept alive this season. For Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul, the struggle against SRH is a virtual do-or-die one, with a win crucial to keeping the franchise in the hunt. SRH, the 2016 champions, have a better one-off record against Punjab Kings, and were last winners of two locked horns in 2021.
Nevertheless, the spoils in the league stages have always been shared when PBKS have played against Hyderabad since 2018. KL Rahul’s side will remember last season where they managed 127 runs, and will use that as inspiration to get another win under their belt later on Saturday. Jonny Bairstow is currently the highest run-scorer for Sunrisers Hyderabad. In his absence, Manish Pandey continues to be the top run-scorer with 210 runs from six matches. The middle-order batsman has hit two fifties in the competition so far, and will have a point to prove in these final games after being dropped from India’s squad for the T20 World Cup. KL Rahul was the Orange Cap winner in 2020, and could be on course to retain that laurels this time as well.
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The Punjab Kings skipper is a little more than 40 runs behind Delhi Capitals’ leading run-scorer Shikhar Dhawan, and he started well in the UAE and scored a decent total against Rajasthan Royals. The 29-year-old remains an important contingent for Punjab Kings to look forward to, and will be keen to get another big score to help his side on Saturday. Rashid Khan continues to impress in the IPL, as Sunrisers Hyderabad continues to top the wicket charts. The leg-spinner has conceded only 43 runs in his last three matches against Punjab Kings, as well as taking six wickets in those matches as well. The Punjab Kings batsmen will try to play the Afghan bowler who arrives on Saturday with caution.
Arshdeep Singh has been a revelation for Punjab Kings this year, consistently hitting the right length in the death overs and taking crucial wickets. The left-arm pacer hit his maiden IPL fifty against Rajasthan Royals in the opening match here and will be full of confidence over the weekend. Arshdeep last gave figures of 3/23 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the UAE, and his franchise would be optimistic of a similar performance against Kane Williamson’s side.