The Punjab Kings of KL Rahul are up against the winless Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, April 21, start time 3:30 PM. As with all IPL Group matches this year, it will be held at a neutral venue, in this case, in Chennai.
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The Kings should have scored far more than what they did against the Delhi Capitals on Sunday.
After fine starts by KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, they threw it away with West Indian duo Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran never getting going and ultimately falling about 15 runs short of what they should have got.
But if that can be forgiven, their bowling can’t. Mohammad Shami, Jhye Richardson, and Riley Meredith were all terribly expensive once again and until they sort out their bowling, they’re not going to win many games.
They may however go with Moises Henriques here at the expense of Meredith. He bowls with good control and is a fine middle-order batsman and good at pacing an innings, so might be just what they need.
Pooran and Gayle could both do with a score but should keep their places for now.
Nothing that we’ve seen from SRH should come as any great surprise. They’ve mostly bowled well but have been a disaster with the bat.
Their two main men- Jonny Bairstow and David Warner- have mostly done their bit. Mostly because though they’ve got the team off to good starts, they haven’t finished off the job on any of those three occasions yet.
And once they’ve got out, no one else has carried on with Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, and Abdul Samad just three examples of batsmen who haven’t found any sort of form.
What they need is the ice-cool Kane Williamson. But with Warner, Bairstow, and Khan certain to play, fielding Williamson leaves them with fewer bowling options.
This is a tough game to call between a side that right now can’t bat (SRH) and one that can’t bowl (PK).
If they win the toss, SRH may just decide to go against the grain and bat first, knowing that Khan and co can put pressure on PK in the chase. And even if they do need to chase, at least they’ll be doing so against a poor bowling outfit.
And with the superior head-to-head record in their favour, SRH just about get the vote as slight outsiders.
Despite the Sunrisers bowling well as a unit, their two main men Bhuvi Kumar and Rashid Khan haven’t been at their absolute best.
Khan has taken four wickets and his economy rate is excellent but you can see how much respect opposition batsmen show him these days because in the past he may have had six or seven by now. He’s just 2.9, proof of how much respect the betting sites are showing him, too.
Kumar has been far from his best, going at 10 an over and claiming just two wickets. Holder and Nabi are unlikely to play. Natarajan was dropped despite playing for India recently.
So at a big price, it’s worth chancing KK Ahmed at 5.0. He was good last time out, is certain to play, and has an excellent career strike rate.
Mayank Agarwal top-scored last time out and despite not being in the sort of form he was in this time last year, is showing signs he’s hitting it well.
We’ve said before that openers are at an advantage here in Chennai because it gets so much tougher to bat as the game progresses so it’s either him or Rahul we’re looking at, especially with Gayle and Pooran not looking 100%.
Given Rahul is almost half the price and it’s obvious we’re going to go with Agarwal.
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Rashid Khan was recently voted the best T20 player of the decade.
Moises Henriques first played in the IPL back in 2009.