The matches continue to come thick and fast in the second phase of IPL 2021, with a bottom-of-the-table clash next – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings 37th Match IPL 2021.
In a match-up that pits seventh against eighth, both teams will be looking for an important victory. The Sunrisers sit at six points off the last playoff spot currently occupied by the Mumbai Indians, with only six matches left for them to play. This is a must-win match if they are to have any chance of making a late and unexpected dash for the playoffs.
Punjab Kings are still well in the playoff picture. Although they sit in seventh place at the table, they are only two points behind the Indians. The Kings now need to start putting a winning run together if they are to maintain the pressure on those above them, and they will be viewing this as an ideal opportunity to claim an important two points.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings 37th Match IPL 2021
Team News for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Rooted at the bottom of the table with just two points from eight matches, it has been a challenging IPL season for the Sunrisers. Having lost their last four matches, confidence in the team won't be at its highest, although their only win this season did come against the Punjab Kings. When these sides last met, Khaleel Ahmed was the game-changer, recording figures of 3-21. More will be needed from the Sunrisers' experienced players if they are to complete the double over the Kings.
Likely playing 11 of Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Team News for Punjab Kings
Consistency has been the Punjab Kings' Achilles heel this season, as the Kings have only been able to win three matches out of the nine they have played so far. Heading into this match with three defeats in their last four games, the Kings need a win to stop their slide and ensure they stay amongst the teams fighting it out for a playoff spot.
In their last match, the Kings were unlucky, going down by just two runs to the Rajasthan Royals. The Star of the show for the Kings was Mayank Agarwal, who scored 67 off just 47 balls. More will be needed from him if the Kings are to avenge their defeat against the Sunrisers from earlier this season.
Likely playing 11 of Punjab Kings
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle/Aiden Makram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match is due to be held in Sharjah, and the weather for the game looks perfect. The pitch at Sharjah can be challenging for bowlers as the pitch can sometimes be lifeless, and batters are able to score effectively. Look for the team that wins the toss to put a total on the board and give the opposing team a difficult score to chase.
Betting Predictions for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings 37th Match IPL 2021
Match Result Prediction for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings 37th Match IPL 2021
As you would expect between two teams situated near the bottom of the table, the betting is close with the Kings slight favourites at 1.73 and the Sunrisers at 2.10.
It's hard to see why the Sunrisers have struggled greatly this year, considering the wealth of talent and experience they have in their side, particularly in their batting. David Warner and Kane Williamson haven't scored the volume of runs that the Sunrisers fans would have expected, but that might change here. At the prices and with a victory already over the Kings this season, we are backing the Sunrisers to get their second victory of the season.
Match Winner: Sunrisers Hyderabad (2.10)
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Toss Prediction for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings 37th Match IPL 2021
Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that doesn't give the bowlers too much help, Sharjah has seen IPL teams successfully post scores of 200+. The dead pitch could pose a challenge for both sides, as they have struggled with the bat at times. Therefore, the bowlers will be looking to make early in-roads and claim early wickets.
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Top Batsman for Sunrisers Hyderabad
In a match they need to win, it pays to back experience, and in New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, the Sunrisers have one of the most experienced and finest T20 batsmen in the world.
By his own admission, Williamson has had a reasonably poor IPL season but never one to doubt his own abilities; he will be desperate for his side to claim a much-needed victory here. Priced at 3.75 to be his team's leading run-scorer, it could be one of the best bets of the match.
Kane Williamson to be Sunrisers Hyderabad top-scoring batsman (3.75)
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