Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Match 14 of IPL 2021 as Punjab Kings take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
PBKS 3/0 after 1 over: DROPPED! Rashid Khan drops a sitter and hands Mayank Agarwal a life! Excellent start from left-arm spinner Abhishek Sharma and there is just a hint of turn and he almost had Mayank, had not Rashid, who ran towards his left and put in the slide at deep mid-wicket but spilled it. Made it look too hard!
Out come the Punjab openers – KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal on a hot and sunny afternoon in Chennai. Sunrisers will look to get their first points on board and they need to start well. Spin straightaway and it will be Abhishek Sharma with the new ball.
Toss: Punjab Kings wins toss, opts to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad
PBKS Playing XI: KL Rahul (C/WK, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
SRH Playing XI: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul
Fabian Allen and Moises Henriques make debut for Punjab Kings
Kedar Jadhav makes his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Punjab Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently in the bottom two places and will try to climb up the IPL 2021 points table when they meet at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
Sunrisers have started with three defeats in a row, ceding the advantage from promising positions in all three chases. They need to solve their middle-order muddle.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have been aggressive but there remain question marks over Hyderabad’s batting line-up not least around Manish Pandey, who has failed to close games.
Kane Williamson, if fit, should play. Bairstow donning the keeping gloves could allow Kedar Jadhav to replace Wriddhiman Saha.
PBKS Squad: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Jalaj Saxena, Mohammed Shami, Riley Meredith, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Ishan Porel, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi
SRH Squad: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Priyam Garg