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Punjab vs Hyderabad Pitch Report
The batters have enjoyed their time in the middle at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. The dew will also not be a concern since this game is being played in the afternoon.
Probable Punjab vs Hyderabad Playing XIs
Probable XI for Punjab: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow*, Liam Livingstone*, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Odean Smith*, Shahrukh Khan, Kagiso Rabada*, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
Probable XI for Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson* (c), Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran* (wk), Aiden Markram*, Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen*, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Power Players for Punjab vs Hyderabad Match
With 11 wickets in five games, T Natarajan is the leading wicket-taker for Hyderabad. Regardless of the match situation, he has stood out.
It was Rahul Tripathi’s 71 off 37 balls that swung the match in favour of his team against Kolkata. He is averaging 57 in this edition.
Smart Picks for Punjab vs Hyderabad Match
After a string of low scores, Mayank Agarwal finally walked away with the Player of the Match award in the last match against Mumbai for his 52 off 32 balls. Punjab will need more such innings from the skipper going forward.
Shikhar Dhawan has been consistently laying a strong foundation at the top. His scores in this edition read 70, 35, 33, 16, and 43.
Umran Malik is fast. He may spray the ball at times but also has the ability to strike at regular intervals.
Kagiso Rabada is yet to go wicketless. He even dismissed Mumbai’s premier batters Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav in the last game.
With Liam Livingstone, it’s all or nothing. He has already blasted two 60s in this tournament. In addition to his explosive batting, he also has the knack for breaking partnerships with the ball.
Aiden Markram can be a floater in the batting order. His 68 off 36 balls in the game against Kolkata once again highlighted his hitting ability.
Jonny Bairstow is yet to set the stage on fire. That said, it’s a matter of time before he starts winning games for Punjab.
Given this match will be played in the afternoon, Rahul Chahar might have a big role to play. The leg-spinner has taken 7 wickets in this edition.
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Punjab vs Hyderabad Match Preview
As far as head-to-head goes, Hyderabad have a comfortable lead over Punjab (18-6). In the ongoing edition, though, both teams have played five matches each, winning three and losing two. While Punjab have a power-packed batting line-up, Hyderabad will rely more on their potent bowling.
Time: 17 April, 3.30 PM IST