Sunrisers and Punjab Kings face off in a dead rubber to cap off the league stages
In a dead rubber that would cap off a blockbuster weekend after a handful of electric encounters, the Sunrisers will be squaring off with the Punjab Kings clawing at each other for pride. With the fate of the play-offs sealed and delivered, it is now all about how these two teams come out to face this sturdy challenge with a possible alteration of their line-ups that can probably suggest a handful of new faces coming in.
The Sunrisers will be coming into this contest on the back of a thrilling win against the Mumbai Indians in a high-scoring encounter. Their batters pulled off a phenomenal job of posting 193 on the cards while their bowlers would be led by a captivating spell from Umran Malik to seal the fate of the contest.
Punjab, on the contrary, slumped down to another painful shellacking as the Delhi Capitals would get the better of them without any trouble whatsoever. Their much-talked about batting order would crumble like a house of cards in front of a searing Delhi bowling unit that would practically put a full-stop to their play-off aspirations.
This could well be a contest of unseen faces taking on each other, building for the future and hoping to finish the campaign on a high after a boatload of struggles throughout the season. Both the teams are already out of the playoffs equation and will be jousting for pride.
The battle will be played out at the Wankhede where the surface has been heavily inclined towards the batters but the latter stages of the tournament has witnessed the pitch taking a turn for the bowlers and with a slight presence of green, this contest will be producing totals of 160 plus in almost both the innings but anything greater than 175 can be a challenging ask for the team chasing. The last encounter played out at Wankhede starred Delhi and Mumbai going toe-to-toe which would eventually see the latter pulling off a successful win riding on Tim David’s heroics.
Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik, Washington Sundar, Nicholas Pooran, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchith, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Romario Shepherd, Sean Abbott, R Samarth, Shashank Singh, Saurabh Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Glenn Phillips, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Odean Smith, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Sandeep Sharma, Atharva Taide, Vaibhav Arora, Ansh Patel, Raj Angad Bawa, Benny Howell, Rishi Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Nathan Ellis, Prerak Mankad.
Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date: 22nd May 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST