SRH couldn’t have asked for a worse start to the season as they slumped to three straight defeats, and in all occasions while chasing at the Chennai venue, which has helped the slower bowlers.
Punjab, meanwhile, are a littler better, having registered one win out of three games that were played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which has seen some high-scoring games with KL Rahul’s men also being involved in two of them. They will play for the first time this season in Chennai.
IPL 2021: SRH vs PBKS Dream11 Team Prediction, Tips, Probable Playing 11 Details
Chasing has been Sunrisers’ achilles’ heel so far in the league. They failed to get past a low score against Mumbai Indians in their last match. SRH have been hit hard by the lack of depth in their playing XI and below-par Indian bench strength.
Captain Warner too is due a big innings as he has scored just 93 runs from the three matches he has played so far with the 54 against Royals Challengers Bangalore being the highest. He also needs some serious thinking before picking the playing XI for PBKS clash.
Warner and Rashid Khan are certainties in the foreign players’ slots, but the absence of Kane Williamson has been badly felt as he can provide solidity to the middle-order, especially after they faltered in three consecutive chases.
Going by Wridhhiman Saha’s poor form, Jonny Bairstow is the frontrunner for the wicket-keeper’s position. But what would be troubling Warner most is the lack of depth in the team’s local batting resources.
It’s high time the likes of Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad pulled up their socks as the likes of seasoned Kedar Jadhav and Priyam Garg are waiting in the wings for their opportunities.
SRH have also been hit hard by the poor show of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan. Natarajan was replaced by Khaleel Ahmed in their last match and the latter did a good job to restrict Mumbai. But Bhuvneshwar continues to be on the expensive side. Rashid has been economical but hasn’t been his best so far.
Punjab too are on a losing streak after the win in their tournament opener over Rajasthan Royals. They lost to Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals.
After a batting collapse against CSK, Punjab made a significant improvement and rode on skipper KL Rahul (61) and Mayank Agarwal (69) fifties to post a challenging 195 for four against DC. But a below-par effort from their bowlers spoiled the hardwork of the openers.
Mohammed Shami has not been in his best form so far and leaked runs but what would be a concern for KL Rahul is the performance of Australian pace duo of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith.
Both Richardson and Meredith were expensive in all the matches they played without much success and it is time for Rahul to think of other alternatives like Chris Jordan. Young Arshdeep Singh has been impressive for Punjab.
PBKS vs SRH March Details
Match date: Wednesday, April 21
Match time: 3.30 PM IST
Live telecast: Star Sports Networks
Live streaming: Disney+HotStar VIP and JIO TV
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