PBKS vs SRH IPL 2021: It is time for the second blockbuster doubleheader of the IPL 2021 season and in the first game of the day, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) will be taking on the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 21. Punjab Kings have lost two back-to-back games after having registered a close win against Rajasthan Royals in their first match and now they have arrived in Chennai. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad are yet to win a game this season having loss all their three matches this year. However, there will be many exciting players in action in this cracking PBKS vs SRH encounter.
1. KL Rahul
Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul has once again been amongst the runs in the ongoing season of the IPL. Although, Rahul played a fine innings of 61 runs off 51 balls in the last game against Delhi Capitals but he faced huge criticism over his dropping strike-rate which was also a big issue in the previous season. However, Punjab Kings will be hopeful that their captain will play a similar innings in this game much like he did in the opening match against Rajasthan where Rahul smashed 91 runs off 50 balls. The Punjab Kings opener has also smashed 300 runs in the last 8 games against Hyderabad at an average of 42.9.
KL Rahul in IPL 2021
2. David Warner
Just like Rahul, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner has also played some crucial innings in the last 2 games for his team but he has failed to take his team over the line. Warner smashed a remarkable knock of 54 runs off 37 balls that included 7 fours and 1 six on a challenging Chepauk wicket. He also scored 36 runs off 34 balls in the last match against Mumbai. However, the SRH captain will want to play a big innings for his side and most importantly, in a winning cause. He also has a phenomenal record against Punjab Kings since IPL 2010 having scored 906 runs.
David Warner vs Punjab Kings since IPL 2010
3. Jonny Bairstow
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s swashbuckling batsman Jonny Bairstow has been in a tremendous form off late. Bairstow smashed a terrific half-century in the first match against Kolkata Knight Riders before getting out at the penultimate moment. He also smacked an excellent cameo of 43 runs off only 22 balls while opening the batting in the last game against Mumbai. Bairstow was also the Man of the Series in the recent ODI series against India.
Jonny Bairstow in IPL 2021
4. Rashid Khan
For the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner, Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been go to guy in this tournament so far. SRH’s premier spinner Rashid has enjoyed bowling in helpful conditions in Chennai picking a total of 4 wickets in 3 games at an economy of just 5.33. The leggie also has a sensational track record against Punjab Kings since IPL 2017 having picked 16 wickets in 8 matches at an economy of 6.22. Also, Rashid has almost looked unplayable in these turning conditions and will be a key player to watch out for in this match as well.
5. Chris Gayle
Although, the Universe Boss Chris Gayle is yet to fire on all cylinders in this edition of the IPL but this afternoon game at the Chepauk stadium could be that special moment. Gayle did play a crucial knock of 40 runs in the opening match against Rajasthan Royals but then got out early in the last two games. In his last 5 IPL matches, the big-hitting West Indian batsman has smashed a total of 172 runs which includes a brilliant 99 against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020.
Chris Gayle in last 5 IPL matches
This will be the first match of the season for the Punjab Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai after having lost 2 and one win during their Mumbai-leg of games. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad have so far suffered three losses against Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore at the same venue.
IPL Live Score
The 14th match of the IPL 2021 season between Punjab Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad will take place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 21. The first ball of the match will be bowled at 3:30 PM IST. The mouth-watering PBKS vs SRH clash will be streaming live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar app.
PBKS Player List
KL Rahul (C & WK), Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed. Shami, M Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Saurav Kumar, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Prabhsimran Singh.
SRH Player List
David Warner, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Jason Roy, Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
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