PBKS vs SRH IPL 2021 Preview: Can Punjab bowlers step up against uncertain Hyderabad?
Hyderabad can only pick two between Mohammad Nabi, Jason Holder, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow at the moment.
SRH struggle to get combination right
Sunrisers Hyderabad are struggling to find their ideal combination. They have made far too many changes and the result is that they do not know their best XI at this point.
The team made as many as four changes in the last match, bringing in Abhishek Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed and Virat Singh. They had earlier decided to bench the likes of Jason Holder and Mohammad Nabi who performed brilliantly for the side.
Such is the balance of their team and the cap of overseas players that they are struggling to get the combination right. Jonny Bairstow, despite performing brilliantly over the last couple of matches, is set to get the axe if Kane Williamson is fit and ready to go.
Hyderabad's weak middle order
With a flaky middle order, Sunrisers Hyderabad need an experienced pro in the middle of the batting line up to hold the team's hand in changes. Thrice now Hyderabad have found themselves in winning situations and squandered the momentum due to a weak middle order.
Hyderabad can also consider bringing in experienced pro Kedar Jadhav in the middle order to strengthen it. Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar remain their trump cards. Hyderabad's bowling has been further bolstered by the addition of Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Time to bring in Chris Jordan
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, have had one batting collapse, but it is the batting which is their strongest suit. The team put 195 runs on the board in their last encounter against Delhi Capitals, with both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal scoring 60s.
It is their bowling which needs course correction. Riley Meredith is quick but has been taken to the cleaners in the competition till now and perhaps it is time for the team to bring in Chris Jordan, who provides a bit with the bat as well. Jhye Richardson, too, has been expensive but the team does not have a lot of options on the bench either.
Rahul must unfetter himself
Additionally, skipper KL Rahul needs to take a hard look at his batting approach. Now that they have the likes of Deepak Hooda and Chris Gayle firing in the middle order, Rahul has to score a little quicker.
And we all know that he can easily crank it up. It's all about the mindset.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs:
Punjab Kings - KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Arshdeep Singh
Sunrisers Hyderabad - David Warner (c), Kane Williamson/Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Virat Singh/Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed
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