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SRH eyes entry in top 2… Punjab’s acting captain returns to England


Hyderabad can reach second place with 17 points. Jitesh Sharma will captain the last match of Punjab

New Delhi. Sunrise Hyderabad would like to defeat Punjab Kings in their last league match and finish in the top 2 in the IPL points table. Hyderabad has got the playoff ticket for the first time in the last 3 years. In such a situation, his confidence is sky high. This match will be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from 3:30 pm. The Sunrisers team, which was at the bottom in the points table in the last three seasons of IPL, has established itself as a strong contender for the title this year with explosive batting and excellent bowling.

Hyderabad Sunrisers confirmed their place in the last four after their previous match against Gujarat Titans was washed out due to rain. Sunrisers are currently at third position in the table with 15 points from 13 matches. After defeating Punjab Kings, the team can reach 17 points. In another match to be played on Sunday, if Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals team is successful in defeating Kolkata (KKR) Knight Riders, then it will get 18 points and the team will reach second place. KKR is sure to be in the top two positions.

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Hyderabad won only 2 out of last 6 matches
Sunrisers managed to win only two of the last six matches. It had to face defeat in three while one match was lost due to rain. However, the team’s morale will be boosted by the fact that before the match against Gujarat was washed off due to rain, it had defeated Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) by 10 wickets. Both the team’s opening batsmen, Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, are in excellent form and have been successful in instilling fear in the opposition bowlers with their explosive batting. Head has been more aggressive in this. He has 533 runs in his name in 11 matches at an excellent strike rate of 201.89. In the current season, he is the third highest run scorer after Virat Kohli (661 runs) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (583 runs).

Sunrisers batsmen dominated
Sunrisers’ openers have been so dominant that the middle order has not had much chance to face pressure. The lack of consistency in the performance of wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen has increased the team’s problems but in the last few matches, Nitish Kumar Reddy has performed well with the bat. With the presence of captain Pat Cummins, experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan, the team has excellent options in fast bowling.

Jitesh Sharma will be the captain of Punjab in the last match
After failing to make it to the last four, this will be an opportunity for Punjab Kings to prove themselves. The team will not get the services of English players along with acting captain Sam Curran in this match. Karen played a decisive role in the five-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jitesh Sharma will lead Punjab Kings in their final match of the season after Karen returned home. This could be a chance for Jitesh to make an impact on the franchises, who are gearing up for the mega auction ahead of next year’s IPL.

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