Sunrisers aim for second spot in IPL points table with win over Punjab Kings


Hyderabad, full of confidence after making their first playoffs in three years, Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim for a second place on the IPL points table when they take on Punjab Kings in their final league match here on Sunday.

Sunrisers aim for second spot in IPL points table with win over Punjab Kings

Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had finished bottom of the ladder in each of the last three editions of the IPL, have gone all out this year to establish themselves as serious title contenders with their ultra batting approach. -aggressive and their skillful bowling.

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The Pat Cummins-led side qualified for the quarter-finals a few nights ago after their clash against Gujarat Titans at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was called off.

Placed at third place with 15 points from 13 matches, SRH can reach a maximum of 17 points if they get the better of PBKS on Sunday.

However, if the struggling Rajasthan Royals manage to beat the table leaders Kolkata Knight Riders in the final league match, the Sanju Samson-led side will overtake SRH to take second place with 18 points.

The third-placed Sunrisers have been somewhat unlucky in their last six outings, winning only two while three matches ended in defeats and one match was a failure.

However, in their last completed contest, SRH had pulverized Lucknow Super Giants by 10 wickets with their explosive opening pair of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma delivering the goods.

With 533 runs in 11 matches and the best strike rate of 201.89 among batters, Head is chasing the Orange Cape with only Virat Kohli and Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of him.

For SRH, it is important that the other batters also get back into form as they seem to rely heavily on their openers.

SRH will be keen to address the batting woes as keeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen has lacked consistency over the last few matches, although Nitish Kumar Reddy has picked up well over the same period.

SRH would like to continue testing their bowlers to prepare them for the knockout stage, where they could face Chennai Super Kings or Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the Eliminator, provided Cummins' team finishes third.

For PBKS, this will be an opportunity to bow out after once again failing to qualify for the final four.

PBKS lost the services of their England players, including stand-in skipper Sam Curran, who had played a decisive role in their five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals.

As Curran returns home for national duty, Indian keeper-batsman Jitesh Sharma will lead the Punjab Kings in their final match of the season. This could be an opportunity for Jitesh to make a good impression on the franchises, which are expected to go up for a mega auction ahead of next year's IPL.

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Travis Head, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Nitish Reddy, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pat Cummins, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, T Natarajan, Mayank Markande, Umran Malik, Anmolpreet Singh, Glenn Phillips, Rahul Tripathi , Washington Sundar, Upendra Yadav, Jhathavedh Subramanyan, Sanvir Singh, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Marco Jansen, Akash Maharaj Singh, Mayank Agarwal.

Kings of Punjab: Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kaverappa, Shivam Singh, Harshal Patel, Ashutosh Sharma, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Shashank Singh, Tanay Thyagarajan, Prince Choudhary, Rilee Rossouw.

The match begins at 3:30 p.m. IST.

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