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IPL 2024: PBKS vs SRH – Match Preview, Prediction, Team News and Fantasy XI 

The Punjab Kings (PBKS) are set to continue their IPL 2024 journey as they face off against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur on Tuesday, April 9th, marking the 23rd match of the tournament.

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Trevor Bayliss & Muttiah Muralitharan, Image Credits- PBKS Twitter

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PBKS vs SRH: Match Preview

Of particular interest is the parallel trajectory of both teams in IPL 2024. With two victories and two defeats each in four matches, both Punjab and Hyderabad have experienced a series of ups and downs this season. Currently, Punjab holds the sixth position in the standings, while Hyderabad sits just ahead in fifth place. Both sides are eager to secure their third win of the season.

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings appear to have traversed similar paths in this IPL season, with both teams securing two wins out of four matches and occupying mid-table positions. However, their journeys to this point have been remarkably different. While Sunrisers have showcased a strong batting performance in the powerplays, boasting a run rate of 11.66 (prior to the CSK vs KKR game on Monday), Punjab Kings have struggled with their bowling in the death overs, conceding runs at a rate of 12.65.

Sunrisers’ revamped batting strategy in IPL 2024 owes much to the success of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma at the top order. Head’s consistent form from the previous season and Abhishek’s explosive batting have been instrumental for the team. Despite not being a prominent figure in T20 cricket, Abhishek has impressed with his boundary-hitting prowess. Since October 2023, he has smashed 101 boundaries (47 fours and 54 sixes) in 326 balls, averaging one boundary every 3.23 balls, which is second only to Andre Russell’s rate of 3.12 (considering batters with at least 50 boundaries during this period).

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Washington Sundar, Jitesh Sharma & Rahul Tripathi, Image Credits- SRH Twitter

While Abhishek’s aggressive approach entails risks, it has yielded significant rewards, with him rarely getting dismissed while aiming for big hits. In the 14 innings where he batted in the top three positions, he averaged 46 and recorded two centuries, including notable performances for Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. His impressive strike rate of 217.56 in IPL 2024 reflects his dominance, hitting a six every five balls, a stark improvement from his previous IPL performances.

Abhishek’s ability to excel against both pace and spin, coupled with strong support from batters like Head, Heinrich Klaasen, and Abdul Samad, presents a formidable challenge for the Punjab Kings’ bowlers. The Kings will heavily rely on their international bowlers Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel to deliver in the crucial death overs.

With their upcoming matches scheduled in Mullanpur, the Kings aim to capitalize on home advantage and climb the points table in the following fixtures.

PBKS vs SRH: Pitch Report & Conditions

The pitch at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur presents a balanced challenge for both batsmen and bowlers, promising an engaging contest for spectators. Given its nature, captains winning the toss might prefer to bat first to capitalize on the conditions.

This upcoming match marks only the second IPL fixture at this venue. In the inaugural game, the Punjab Kings secured victory against the Delhi Capitals while successfully chasing a target of 175 runs. Notably, spinners proved relatively economical compared to fast bowlers on that occasion. However, considering the elapsed time of over two weeks since the last match, conditions could have evolved, introducing potential variations in pitch behavior.

PBKS vs SRH: Head-to-head

In their head-to-head encounters, Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have faced off in a total of 21 matches. Among these, PBKS emerged victorious in 7 matches, while SRH claimed victory in 14 encounters. There have been no instances of matches ending in no result. Their rivalry dates back to April 19, 2013, with their most recent clash occurring on April 9, 2023.

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Shikhan Dhawan & Mayank Agarwal, Image Credits- PBKS Twitter

PBKS vs SRH: Team News and Impact Player Strategy

Punjab Kings (PBKS)

In their last game, Punjab Kings were missing Liam Livingstone due to injury, leading to Sikandar Raza’s inclusion in the playing XI. However, Raza couldn’t leave a significant mark with either bat or ball against Gujarat Titans. Livingstone has resumed training with the team but is still under assessment regarding his availability for the upcoming match.

In terms of impact substitutions, Punjab Kings have consistently rotated Arshdeep Singh with a batter like Prabhsimran Singh, or vice versa.

Probable XII:

  1. Shikhar Dhawan (capt)
  2. Jonny Bairstow (wk)
  3. Prabhsimran Singh
  4. Sam Curran
  5. Jitesh Sharma (wk)
  6. Shashank Singh
  7. Sikandar Raza
  8. Harpreet Brar
  9. Harshal Patel
  10. Kagiso Rabada
  11. Arshdeep Singh
  12. Ashutosh Sharma

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

In their recent match, T Natarajan made a comeback after recovering from injury, while Mayank Agarwal was unavailable due to illness. Agarwal’s fitness for Tuesday’s match remains uncertain, although he participated in training on Monday.

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Kagiso Rabada & Marco Jansen, Image Credits- PBKS Twitter

Regarding their Impact Player strategy, Sunrisers have primarily focused on substituting one of their top-order batters – Head, Abhishek, or Agarwal – with a frontline quick like Natarajan or Umran Malik. However, in a particular game, they introduced all-rounder Washington Sundar while batting first, as they found themselves in a precarious position at 114 for 5.

Probable XII:

  1. Abhishek Sharma
  2. Travis Head
  3. Aiden Markram
  4. Shahbaz Ahmed
  5. Heinrich Klaasen (wk)
  6. Nitish Kumar Reddy/Washington Sundar
  7. Abdul Samad
  8. Pat Cummins (capt)
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Mayank Markande
  11. Jaydev Unadkat
  12. Umran Malik

PBKS vs SRH: Match Prediction

Scenario 1:

If Sunrisers Hyderabad win the toss and opt to bat, and they manage to score between 70-80 runs in the Power Play, followed by a first innings total ranging from 180-190, they are likely to win the match.

Scenario 2:

Conversely, if Punjab Kings win the toss and choose to bat, and they score between 65-75 runs in the Power Play, leading to a first innings total of 165-175, then Sunrisers Hyderabad are predicted to win the match.

PBKS vs SRH: Dream 11 Fantasy Prediction

Team 1:

  • Keeper: Heinrich Klaasen, Jonny Bairstow
  • Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma (c), Prabhsimran Singh
  • All-rounders: Aiden Markram, Sam Curran (vc)
  • Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh
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Harpreet Singh, Image Credits- PBKS Twitter

Team 2:

  • Keeper: Heinrich Klaasen, Jonny Bairstow
  • Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Travis Head (c), Abhishek Sharma
  • All-rounders: Aiden Markram, Sam Curran
  • Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, T Natarajan

When and Where to Watch the Match: Streaming & Broadcast Details

What: Punjab Kings (PBKS) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) IPL 2024

When: 7:30 PM IST, Tuesday – April 9

Where: Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium, Mullanpur

Where to watch PBKS vs SRH Live Streaming: JioCinema app for FREE

Where to watch PBKS vs SRH Live Telecast: Star Sports

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