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Sunrisers, Kings look to sign off on a high in dead rubber

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Saturday, 21 May 2022 06:11

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But at the end of it all, both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings have missed out on qualification for playoffs, even before their last league game, thanks to Royal Challengers Bangalore's win over Gujarat Titans.

Both teams would look to sign off on a high, in what is a dead rubber, something that is not too usual in the IPL.

In the news

Kane Williamson has flown back to New Zealand for the birth of his second child. Sunrisers haven't yet announced their captain for the last game, though Bhuvneshwar Kumar has led them in the past while new West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran could be another candidate

Likely XIs

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 Abhishek Sharma, 2 Priyam Garg, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Fazalhaq Farooqi, 10 Umran Malik, 11 T Natarajan

Punjab Kings: 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Mayank Agarwal (capt), 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa/Benny Howell, 6 Jitesh Sharma (wk), 7 Harpreet Brar, 8 Rishi Dhawan/Ishan Porel, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Rahul Chahar, 11 Arshdeep Singh

Strategy punt

Although Kings tend to bring Rahul Chahar into the attack a bit later in the innings, there could be a case of him coming on earlier against Sunrisers given he has dismissed Abhishek twice in two innings and Tripathi twice in four meetings. Moreover, that could mean he would not be on when Pooran walks out to bat as the left-hander has a strike rate of 154 against the legspinner.

Livingstone has been out to left-arm spin three times in the six innings he's faced that type of bowling. Sunrisers could use Abhishek against him if they don't get J Suchith in.

Stats that matter

  • Kings' scoring rate of 9.73 in the last four overs is the worst among teams in IPL 2022. Their economy rate of 9.28, though, in that phase is the lowest among the sides while Sunrisers are among the most expensive at 11.91
  • Kagiso Rabada has picked up at least one wicket in 11 of the 12 innings he bowled in IPL 2022
  • Kings have conceded the fewest sixes (16) in the last four overs this season while Sunrisers have hit the fewest (18) in the phase
  • S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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