Match: Team Hyderabad vs Team Punjab, Indian T20 League 2021 (HYD vs PUN)
Date: September 25, Saturday, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
For match 37 of the Indian T20 League 2021, we have Team Hyderabad taking on Team Punjab at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on September 25. Both the teams are currently placed right at the bottom of the points table with Punjab on number seven and Hyderabad on eight. Hyderabad have won only a solitary game so far and lost seven, while Punjab have three wins in nine games. Both the teams, however, are coming into this contest on the back of a loss. While Hyderabad lost to Delhi by a big margin, Punjab went down to Rajasthan by two runs.
When the two teams met earlier this year in Chennai, Team Hyderabad won by nine wickets with eight balls remaining after chasing a sub-par 120 in 18.4 overs. Openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow put up a 73-run partnership to wrap up the game quickly.
For Punjab, Chris Gayle has the most number of runs (402) against Hyderabad, while Mohammad Shami has the most wickets (9). For the Orange Army, Warner is the highest run-scorer against Punjab (943), and with 22 wickets, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the most scalps.
Weather update and pitch report for HYD vs PUN
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium is known for its high scores. Flat pitch and a small boundary makes it easy to score runs, and we have seen totals in excess of 200 being chased at Sharjah in the Indian T20 League. The average first innings total here is 170 and the team winning the toss will look to chase.
As for the weather update, no rain has been predicted in Sharjah tomorrow. The temperature will hover around 33 degrees towards evening.
HYD team news and predicted XI
Team news: Bowler T Natarajan has tested positive for Covid-19 and will thus be missing a few games. The franchise has roped in Umran Malik as Natarajan’s replacement.
Predicted 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
PUN team news and predicted XI
Team news: Sherfane Rutherford has flown back home after the demise of his father. It remains to be seen if Gayle, Punjab’s highest run-scorer against Hyderabad, will be included in the XI for this game.
Predicted XI: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel
Head to head record:
Punjab and Hyderabad have played 17 games between them, of which the latter have won 12, including four of the last seven encounters.
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for HYD vs PUN
KL Rahul – wicketkeeper batter, Team Punjab
MPL price – 11 credits
The Punjab captain is currently the second-highest run-scorer in Indian T20 league 2021, with 380 runs in eight innings at an average of 63.33 and strike rate of 137.68. He has also scored four fifties, and missed out on the fifth one by just one run in the previous game against Rajasthan in Dubai. KL Rahul has been in fine form in the tournament in the past couple of years; he was the highest run-scorer in Indian T20 League 2020 with 670 runs, and the second-highest run-scorer the year before that with 593 runs. Given the form that the opening batter is in, he makes for an ideal choice for your MPL team’s captaincy.
Nicholas Pooran – wicketkeeper batter, Team Punjab
MPL price – 8.5 credits
A T20 globetrotter and a hard-hitting batter, Pooran is another good pick from the wicket keepers’ slot. The West Indies cricketer scored a 22-ball 32 in the previous game and will be looking to continue from where he left. He was also in good form in the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League, hitting 263 runs at a strike rate of 163.35. Expect a few big shots from the swashbuckling batter on the small Sharjah ground.
Kane Williamson – Batter, Team Hyderabad
MPL price – 9.5 credits
The Hyderabad captain scored a slow paced 18 runs in the previous game but on the flat surface at Sharjah, he will be looking to get some quick runs. He has an average of over 30 in both T20 internationals and T20s, and has played a few match-changing knocks for Hyderabad. Williamson has 146 runs in five innings in the on-going tournament with a highest score of 66 not out.
Rashid Khan – Bowler, Team Hyderabad
MPL price – 9.5 credits
Rashid Khan is Hyderabad’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament so far. The spin sensation has 11 wickets in eight games at an economy rate of 6.18 and also has ample experience of playing cricket in the UAE, which is Afghanistan’s adopted home ground. Prior to the resumption of the tournament, he was also one of the best performers in the inaugural edition of the Hundred. Notably, Rashid is also a dependable lower order batter who has played some fine knocks in the Indian T20 League and has successfully finished a few run-chases.
Mayank Agarwal – Batter, Team Punjab
MPL price – 9.5 credits
Mayank Agarwal has started the second leg of Indian T20 League 2021 on a confident note with a 43-ball 67 in the first. The 30-year-old has 327 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of almost 145 and is currently the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament. Those numbers make him a good pick for your MPL team’s vice-captaincy.
MPL fantasy XI for HYD vs PUN
HYD vs PUN – where and what time to watch the match live in India
Star Sports will broadcast the Indian T20 League on the television, while live streaming of the game will be available on Disney + Hotstar for users with a subscription. The match will start at 7.30 PM IST on September 24.
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