Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2021 is a match where both teams have a few questions to answer. Punjab started the tournament strong but has since slid down the table. Sunrisers are still looking for their first win and their team changes in the previous match showed that they are getting desperate. They also have a lot of questions to answer as they seek to get their tournament back on track. The pitch at Chennai ended up being higher-scoring in the previous match than what we have seen so far. Whether that continues is not yet certain.
Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
Punjab Kings have shown in this tournament that they are a strong batting team at their best. The bowling additions that they have made to their team have not really paid off so far. There is no doubt that power and the ability to score quickly is the biggest strength for Punjab Kings. Their lack of control with the ball and poor execution in the death overs is their biggest weakness at the moment.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has looked like a confused side. They managed to get their batting order right but cannot do anything about the lack of depth in the team. A strong opening pair is followed by an out-of-form lineup. That has to be their biggest weakness. The strength is the bowling lineup that has a number of quality spinners in it. We would also add clarity of thought and team selection as one of the weaknesses for Hyderabad.
Players in form
Lokesh Rahul scored runs in the first match and would still be counted as in good form. Shahrukh Khan may be the player to watch out for in this match. He plays his cricket in Chennai and showed just how dangerous he can be in the previous match. His 47 was the only score of note and helped the team to some respectability.
Jonny Bairstow opened the batting in the previous match for Hyderabad and showed just why he is considered so dangerous. he smashed the ball from the very start and threatened to win the game before being out hit wicket. David Warner has also been in good form with the bat while Rashid Khan has been absolutely brilliant with the ball.
The match is going to be played in Chennai where spin has ruled. The teams have found it difficult to chase as the pitch starts to slow down and the big hits become hard to come by. we saw some bigger scores being hit in the previous match played there and the batsmen may have more of a chance in this match.
- Hyderabad has won 11 out of the 16 matches it has played against Punjab
- David Waner has scored 661 runs in matches between these two teams
- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan are respectively the highest wicket-takers for all players that are playing this match.
Hyderabad has lost three matches so far and is looking a bit lost in terms of strategy. Punjab has been quite good in patches and its previous poor performance could just be a poor day. KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran give Punjab a lot more depth in the batting lineup to work with and that could help it win against Hyderabad. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are the biggest threats to Punjab but there really is no one much to support them. A lack of stability in the team also shows a team that is struggling to find the right balance in the tournament. Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2021 should go in favor of Punjab.
Winner: Punjab Kings to win