The IPL 2022 season (IPL 2022), which started from 26 March, is now nearing its end after about two months. The first stop of the tournament i.e. the league stage is just over. The 70th i.e. the last league stage match of the tournament will be played on Sunday, but it will not have any effect on the outcome of the tournament, as the teams of Sunrisers Bairdabad and Punjab Kings (SRH vs PBKS) will clash in this match. Two such teams, which were in the race for the playoffs till two days ago, but are now out. For both the teams, this collision at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai means only that they end the journey with victory. In such a situation, the question arises whether she will make some changes in her playing XI?
It is important to look at the performance of the previous matches of both the teams. First thing about Sunrisers. Hyderabad, led by Kane Williamson, defeated Mumbai Indians by 3 runs in their last match. This was the first victory after Hyderabad’s 5 consecutive defeats. On the other hand, Punjab Kings had lost their previous match by 17 runs at the hands of Delhi Capitals, which took away their chance to win in the playoffs. In the points table, Punjab is at the seventh position, while Hyderabad is at the eighth position.
Who will be the captain of SRH?
Now let’s talk about the playing XI. The biggest question for Sunrisers is who will captain the team. Captain Kane Williamson has already returned to the country for the birth of his child before the last match. In such a situation, the issue of captaincy arises. The team does not have much experience in this matter, except veteran Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has already taken charge of this franchise. Chances are that he will get the chance, but it also means that he will not be able to take rest.
Will Abdul Samad return?
As far as filling Williamson’s place in the batting is concerned, there was a change in the opening only in the last match, where Priyam Garg was given a chance and he performed well. There are few options to fill Williamson’s place, with Shashank Singh or all-rounder Jagdisha Suchit. But it is expected that Hyderabad can give another chance to Abdul Samad. Samad was retained by Hyderabad after the previous season, but was dropped after a poor performance in the initial matches. Apart from this, if the team tries to experiment, then Kerala batsman Vishnu Vinod can also be fielded, who performed well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last year.
Dhawan rested, Shahrukh one more chance
On the other hand, there is Punjab, which came in this season with tremendous power-hitters and better bowling. Despite this, the team could not maintain consistency in its performance. However, the team has set a style this season, which will continue in the future as well. As far as the last match is concerned, Shikhar Dhawan can be rested and Mayank Agarwal can return in his place. Also Shahrukh Khan may return. Similarly, Nathan Ellis can also be called by resting Kagiso Rabada.
SRH vs PBKS: Probable Playing XI
Hyderabad: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Captain), Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Aidan Markram, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Abdul Samad/Vishnu Vinod, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik, Fazlhaq Farooqui.
Punjab: Mayank Agarwal (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingston, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shah Rukh Khan, Rishi Dhawan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh