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Toss Winner - Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and chose to bat first
Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets
SRH and PBKS’ high stakes battle for a berth in the playoffs
Punjab Kings to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: The Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the last league game in the Indian Premier League 2022 and the Punjab Kings would take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both sides would want this game to be relevant towards their qualification for the playoffs with the sides sitting 7th and 8th on the points table. The Kings lost to the Delhi Capitals in their last game while the Sunrisers kept their hopes alive with a win against the Mumbai Indians.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have struggled in the latter half of the tournament losing the last five out of six games they have played. Their bowling attack has leaked an average of more than 190 runs in the last six games and this would worry the side. The Punjab Kings haven’t been in the best of form either and hence we expect to see a good contest in this high-stakes battle.
Kane Williamson would be missing this due to personal reasons and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is likely to lead in his absence. The side snatched a 3-run win from the jaws of defeat. This win after five losses keeps the side technically in the hunt for a place in the playoffs if other games go in their favor. Kumar would think none of that going into this game. His focus would be on a big win that would improve the side’s standing and improve its run rate in case that becomes a qualifying criterion.
Priyam Garg played well after being promoted up the order and he would need to provide a solid start with Abhishek Sharma. The side would be happy with the form of Nicholas Pooran and Rahul Tripathi in the middle order, and they would look to build partnerships with Aiden Markram. Glenn Phillips is likely to come into the side as a finisher and he would look to add quick runs with Washington Sundar.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar did well in the last game with the ball, but he would need support from Fazalhaq Farooqi and strike early in the game. The side would also expect to see tight spells from T Natrajan who has been their best bowler this season. Sundar and Umran Malik will have to put brakes on Punjab’s scoring rates given their batting strength.
Top Batsman – Abhishek Sharma
Top Bowler – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Glenn Phillips
Romario Shepherd, Umran Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Nicholas Pooran, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Aiden Markram, RA Tripathi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg
Mayank Agarwal would be unhappy with the performance his side put up in the last game against the Delhi Capitals. Their batsmen let the side down in a 17-run loss in what should have been an easy run chase. This has complicated matters for the team, and they must win this game by a big margin and hope lady luck shines on them.
Shikhar Dhawan has been the best batsman for the side, and he will look to set up a good opening wicket stand with Jonny Bairstow. The side would be worried about the forms of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Agarwal, and Liam Livingstone in the middle order and they will have to deliver the goods. Jitesh Sharma and Harpreet Brar will look to use the long handle well down the order.
Kagiso Rabada and Livingstone did well with the new ball in the last game and the same would be needed from them. Harpreet Brar and Arshdeep Singh have done well in the tournament, and they will have to come up with their best performance in this game. Rahul Chahar has gained his form which is great news for the team and there would be huge responsibilities on her.
Top Batsman – Shikhar Dhawan
Top Bowler – Kagiso Rabada
Mayank Agarwal (c), Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Prerak Mankad, Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Nathan Ellis, Shahrukh Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Harpreet Brar, Jitesh Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Liam Livingstone, Mayank Agarwal
The skies over Mumbai would be slightly cloudy on May 22. The wicket has been flat, and we have seen big scores. The batsmen have found it easy to score runs on this surface while it has been equally punishing on the bowlers. It will be a high-stakes battle and the side batting first would be happy to reach a score of 180 runs.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai is known for having one of the best batting surfaces in India. Batsmen have done and they can hit through the line. There isn’t much on this track for the fast bowlers and they must bend their backs to do well. Spinners have enjoyed the conditions and have been successful here.
Setting up scores in this tournament has been a massive challenge as we have seen successful run chases. There is some assistance on the surface in the early overs. The side winning the toss would like to take advantage of the conditions by opting to bowl first in this game.
Sunrisers Hyderabad comes here with a win, but the side has shown struggles in the last six games it has played. Their bowling attack hasn’t been able to execute its plans and the absence of Williamson weakens the batting considerably. Punjab Kings have enjoyed success with the bat. It would be a close game, but the Punjab Kings have more depth in the batting which would make them favorites here.
Punjab Kings to win
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