Sunrisers Hyderabad will be keen to inculcate a fresh approach when it faces an upbeat Punjab Kings in the 14th match of the IPL 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will be keen to inculcate a fresh approach when it faces an upbeat Punjab lords in the 14th match of the IPL at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Having got off to a losing launch this season, the 2016 IPL winners will aim to revitalize their crusade against a Shikhar Dhawan– led side who have ticked nearly all boxes in this event so far.
Sunrisers opened its IPL crusade against Rajasthan Royals on the 12th anniversary of India’s 2011 World Cup palm. still, in a colosseum looking like a ocean of orange, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal of the Royals put up a fur exhibition and transferred the Sunrisers ’ bowlers on a leather quest by smashing brilliant half- centuries. And in reply, in front of a roisterous crowd, the home side collapsed by evening as Rajasthan traduced the Sunrisers ’ stronghold by 72 runs.
The caravan also moved to Lucknow fortified with stopgap as the South African triad of Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen added weight and dimension to the team. Markram also took over the captaincy reigns from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Still, it was the triad of Krunal Pandya, Amit Mishra and Ravi Bishnoi who allured the Sunrisers batters into a spin trap and scrounge out a five- gate palm in Lucknow, If the Rajasthan top- order put the Sunrisers to the brand.
In both these games it was the fur that let Sunrisers down. Its batters getting boxed in the middle is an issue that the platoon would like to address. Harry Brook came the first millionaire of the IPL 2023 transaction as Sunrisers bought the Englishman for a whopping Rs13.25 crore, but his club hasn’t done any talking yet. Sunrisers will hope the middle- order batter delivers in the coming matches.
The limelight turns on another seasoned India transnational, Mayank Agarwal. Mayank, who captained Punjab lords in the 2022 edition, was released by the ballot and was inked by Sunrisers for Rs8.25 crore. Partnering with Anmolpreet Singh, the nature has plodded to get off the blocks and step on the gas in the Powerplay. The likes of Anmolporeet, Rahul Tripathi and Abdul Samad got thresholds but failed to convert them into big bones.
The bowling is commanded by expert Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who captained the side in the first game in the absence of designated commander Markram. Sunrisers thrive on the pace of Umran Malik, which has always been his supporter, while T Natarajan brings in the chops and variations. Washington Sundar and Adil Rashid complement each other in the spin department but Sunrisers has failed to click as a unit. And Sunday presents an occasion to keep the home suckers engaged as the event progresses.
Punjab commander Shikhar Dhawan continues to charm with his kabaddi- style fests as his side opened its crusade with a seven- run palm (DLS system) over Kolkata Knight Riders and also dug deep to decide a thriller against Rajasthan Royals by just five runs in a last- over suspenser.
The commander is leading well from the front as he smashed his 48th IPL half- century and is the top Indian batter with the most partial- centuries in the IPL. Nature Prabhsimran Singh scored his demoiselle IPL half- century, and the side has been emotional in its two jaunts.
Punjab is out to a brilliant launch having won both its matches with the likes of Dhawan, Prabhsimran and Bhanuka Rajapaksa among the runs.
The middle- order, packed with the likes of Jitesh Sharma, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan and Sam Curran, minced in with precious benefactions. Arshdeep Singh and Nathan Ellis have also kept the Punjab flag soaring high by making early improvements with Curran discomfiting the opposition by defending summations with jitters of sword at the death overs.
Meanwhile, sagging at the bottom of the table, Sunrisers needs to reboot its machine, primarily in the fur department, entrusting its batters to take control of the crusade’s steering wheel. Know More IPL News…