Sunrisers Hyderabad eye top-two finish against eliminated Punjab Kings

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday afternoon, having already qualified for the playoffs. They will be eager to climb to the No. 2 spot on the points table with a win. Meanwhile, Punjab, playing for pride, will aim to exit the IPL in style. SRH will bank on their powerful batting lineup, which has done wonders this season, to help secure victory tomorrow and maintain momentum heading into the business end of the tournament.

The openers, Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head, will be expected to play their natural game of going all guns blazing against the Punjab bowling. This opening pair has performed tremendously well this year, often giving their team explosive starts that have taken the opposition out of the contest within the first ten overs. Sharma has shown significant maturity as a batter, unleashing a new side to his game, thanks in part to the support and mentorship he has received from Head at the other end. It will be crucial for both of these batters to maintain their consistency to give SRH the best chance of winning tomorrow.

Nitish Kumar Reddy has also been a revelation for SRH this season, delivering crucial performances that have solidified his place in the team. If the openers, Sharma and Head, fail to deliver, SRH will look towards Reddy and the explosive Heinrich Klaasen for support. Klaasen has shown his abilities for SRH but has struggled with consistency in the last few matches; he will be eager to return to full throttle against Punjab Kings. Abdul Samad, a player often spoken of highly, has yet to have a standout IPL season. Pat Cummins, the captain, has led from the front, and the pace bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan, have found good rhythm as the IPL has progressed, adding to the team’s strength.

Punjab, after yet another below-par season, will be buoyed by their recent win against the Rajasthan Royals and will aim to end their campaign on a high note. The absence of Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow due to national commitments opens up opportunities for new talent to shine. Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma, who have been standout performers this season, will be eager to finish strong. Jitesh Sharma, who has struggled throughout this IPL, will have one last chance to prove his worth before the mega auction next year, and he’ll be keen to make a significant impact. Arshdeep Singh, leading with the new ball, will aim to build some momentum ahead of the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, Harshal Patel, who has been exceptional for PBKS, will look to continue his impressive form in the final game.

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