SRH Playing XI vs PBKS: Covid-19 hit Sunrisers Hyderabad likely to field unchanged XI against Punjab King, follow live updates

SRH Playing XI vs PBKS: Covid-19 hit Sunrisers Hyderabad likely to field unchanged XI against Punjab Kings
SRH Playing XI vs PBKS: Covid-19 hit Sunrisers Hyderabad likely to field unchanged XI against Punjab Kings

SRH Playing XI vs PBKS: Covid-19 hit Sunrisers Hyderabad likely to field unchanged XI against Punjab King, follow live updates – Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are already at the bottom of the table after winning just 1 game out of 8 in IPL 2021, received yet another blow before the start of the IPL 2021 phase 2 as their star pacer T Natarajan and all-rounder Vijay Shankar were tested positive ahead of their opening clash of IPL’s UAE leg against Delhi Capitals. Still, the team managed to field a pretty decent XI in the game. And it is most likely that they will stick with it. 

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Covid-19 in SRH

SRH team mangement opted for a temporary replacement of T Natarajan in the name of Umran Malik. However, it is very unlikely that he will play in the game against SRH. To add to SRH’s trouble, all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford has left the bio-bubble as his father away passed away and he has decided to spend time with his family back home. 

Players unavailable for SRH

  1. T Natarajan
  2. Vijay Shankar
  3. Sherfane Rutherford

Thus, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to go with the same playing XI from the last match against Delhi Capitals as there are not many options left. 

SRH vs PBKS

SRH Probable Playing XI

David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Kedar Jadhav, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

SRH Bench 

Vijay Shankar, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Sherfane Rutherford

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Opening options

For opening the batting they have three big options. First is David Warner, second is Wriddhiman Saha, who will also be keeping wickets and the third is England’s, Jason Roy. He can be a great option but for that either David Warner or Jason Holder will have to sit out. So it will not happen right away. 

Middle Order Options

Kane Williamson at three provides the balance to the side followed by Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav. Someone like Virat Singh can fit in the side in the middle order but not after just one bad game for Kedar and Manish.

SRH vs PBKS

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All-rounder Options  

Jason Holder, Abdul Samad and now Rashid Khan were the prefered choice of an all-rounder in the first game for SRH. Samad is more of a batting all-rounder while Shahbaz Nadeem is a bowler who can bat as well. SRH need to sort their batting issue thus they will most likely continue with Samad. 

Spin bowling options

Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan were the only spinners in the SRH playing XI from the first game. But only Rashid bowled in the first game. Spinners are finding it difficult to bowl on the pitches in UAE. Thus Kane will not look at add another spin-bowling option. 

Covid-19 in SRH

Pace bowling options

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed formed the bowling attack in the first game. Kumar was not at his best while Sandeep also failed to impressed, Khaleel was bowling at a good pace but could not create the impact that SRH was looking for. SRH can go for someone like Basil Thampi in place of Sandeep against Punjab Kings.