Date: September 25, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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Preview: The bottom two teams in the points table will be up against each other in the 37th match of the Indian T20 League 2021. The small stadium of Sharjah will give a good chance to batters to go all guns blazing and score as many runs as possible, however, the pitch may remain on the slower side. Both the teams have lost their previous encounters but Punjab will have an edge over the opposition with their openers firing. Meanwhile, for Hyderabad, batting remains the biggest concern as their batters really struggled against Delhi's bowlers in the previous game.
Probable Playing XI:
Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (C), Kedar Jadhav, Jason Holder/Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmad
Punjab: KL Rahul (C & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda/Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel
People’s Pick for Fantasy:
Analysis: KL Rahul-led Punjab had a tough luck against Rajasthan as they lost the game from nowhere. Their bowlers did a decent job at the end of Rajasthan innings to stop them for 185. Arshdeep Singh was the star performer with a fifer. While in the batting department, everything looked good until the 18th over because Punjab scored only four runs off the penultimate over which was bowled by Mustafizur Rahman. And then, they could not go over the line with four runs to score in the final over and lost the game by 2 runs.
On the other hand, for Hyderabad, Indian T20 League 2021 seems to be a season to forget. They are languishing at the bottom of the points table with mere 2 points. Talking about their previous game, Hyderabad batters were outdone by Delhi's pace battery of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. David Warner continued his poor form as he got out for a duck while the other batters couldn’t do much either. Hyderabad’s bowling has rarely been a concern with Bhuvi and Rashid Khan leading the respective departments.
Talking about the fantasy team, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Rashid Khan must be in one’s team. Arshdeep Singh is another good bowling option while Sandeep Sharma from Hyderabad can also earn good points. Nicholas Pooran, with his six-hitting abilities, can also fetch some valuable points.
Dafabet Prediction of the Game:
Head-to-head Record: In the Hyderabad-Punjab rivalry, they are Hyderabad who have won 12 out of the 17 matches with Punjab managing to win the rest. While the overall record suggests Hyderabad as the dominant team, the recent form of the teams' suggests otherwise.
UAE Factor: Hyderabad and Punjab have played 3 matches in UAE with Punjab winning two matches in contrast to Hyderabad's 1. The balance shifts towards Punjab here. The UAE factor should also be taken into consideration and it is often a better indicator since the UAE matches have happened in the recent past and the fixture is slated in similar conditions.
Form of Players: Punjab definitely had the better individual performances coming their way. Arshdeep Singh scalped a fifer, Mayank Agarwal scored a fantastic half-century and even Harpreet Brar looked effective. In contrast, Hyderabad's captain Kane Williamson played a very scratchy innings and it was only Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan's contributions that helped them to 134. No bowler picked up a wicket for them either other than Rashid and Khaleel Ahmed who picked a wicket apiece.
Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Nicholas Pooran
Batters: Mayank Agarwal, Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Aiden Markram
All-rounders: Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Mohammed Shami
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