PBKS Playing XI vs SRH, IPL 2021, Ravi Bishnoi likely to play against Sunrisers Hyderabad: Punjab are on a losing streak after the win in their tournament opener over Rajasthan Royals. They lost to Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. Despite a strong batting performance by openers KL Rahul (61) and Mayank Agarwal (69) to post a challenging 195 for four in their previous match. But a below-par effort from their bowlers spoiled the hardworking of the openers.
As Punjab looks to bounce back in their upcoming fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Chennai, the team management is expected to rejig its bowling line-up to suit the conditions. One possible change will be of inclusion of last year spin sensation Ravi Bishnoi.
PBKS Playing XI vs SRH, IPL 2021: Ravi Bishnoi over Murugan Ashwin for Chepauk’s rank turner
Leg spinners are a huge attraction in the T20 format and Punjab were lucky to get their hands on upcoming prospect Ravi Bishnoi. The 20-year-old had a memorable debut IPL last season for the Kings. He picked 12 wickets in 14 games, the second-highest for his team at an economy of 7.37.
The youngster is yet to play his first game of this season but given the spin-friendly conditions in Chennai. Bishnoi is good with flight balls and has one of the most lethal googlies. And the fact that he possesses many variations in his arsenal makes him a first-choice over Murugan Ashwin who struggled in the first two games.
PBKS Playing XI vs SRH, IPL 2021: How has Chepauk pitch responded to spinner so far?
MA Chidambaram Stadium has hosted six matches so far. In these six games, a total of 82 wickets have been taken by bowlers during this period. Of these, 51 have been taken by pacers, while 31 have been received by spinners.
While the facts state that fast bowlers have dominated the Chennai pitch as games are being played on black soil and due to the ‘dew factor’ spinner have had a very important role too. For example Rahul Chahar, he was sensational against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and single-handedly took away the game from them by chipping four wickets.
Also, Varun Chakravarthy’s impact in the power play against Royal Challengers Bangalore. If used smartly Bishnoi can be PBKS’ x-factor for the upcoming clash.
PBKS Playing XI vs SRH, IPL 2021: How have the likes of Mohammed Shami and others performed
Mohammed Shami has not been in his best form so far and leaked runs but what would be a concern for KL Rahul is the performance of the Australian pace duo of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith. Bought for a total of INR 22 crore, both Richardson and Meredith were expensive in all the matches they played without much success. The team management might look for new other alternatives like Chris Jordan to stable things in their bowling department.
The only positive in three games for PBKS in the bowling department is young Arshdeep. The uncapped bowler has taken everybody by storm after his impressive bowling against Rajasthan Royals. In three games, he has taken five wickets with an impressive economy of 7.11.
PBKS Playing XI vs SRH: What will be Punjab’s starting XI vs Sunrisers Hyderabad?
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Riley Meredith/ Chris Jordan, Arshdeep Singh