IPL 2024: Here’s why Punjab Kings are playing with only one overseas cricketer against Sunrisers Hyderabad

May 19, 2024

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Buoyed by their first playoff appearance in three years, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are aiming for a second-place finish in the IPL 2024 points table as they are facing Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their final group-stage match in Hyderabad.

For PBKS, this match presents an opportunity to end their season on a high note after failing to secure a spot in the final four once again.

Why only one overseas player in Punjab Kings’ playing XI?

At the toss, Punjab’s stand-in-skipper Jitesh Sharma revealed that they are left with only few options for this game as all of the overseas players have returned home to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“We would like to bat. I think wicket is looking good, we want to score big and put SRH under pressure. Proud and grateful to captain my side today. We have few options because all the overseas have gone gone. Only Rilee Rossouw is gonna play. We have exciting talent waiting for their opportunity and they are gonna give their best today. Nothing to lose today, we are here to play some good cricket,” said Jitesh.

Meanwhile, the Sunrisers have included Rahul Tripathi in their line-up.

“The fans have been awesome this season here. We are pretty well set-up for both (bat first or ball first. I’m a terrible reader of wickets, looks like a nice wicket. Looks dry and firm. Only one change for us. Rahul Tripathi comes in for a bowler,” SRH captain Pat Cummins said at the toss.

The fans have been awesome this season here. We are pretty well set-up for both (bat first or ball first. I’m a terrible reader of wickets, looks like a nice wicket. Looks dry and firm. Only one change for us. Rahul Tripathi comes in for a bowler.

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SRH vs PBKS: Teams

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Abhishek Sharma, Nitish Reddy, Rahul Tripathi, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sanvir Singh, Pat Cummins (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, T Natarajan

SRH Impact Subs: Travis Head, Umran Malik, Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat

Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Prabhsimran Singh, Atharva Taide, Rilee Rossouw, Shashank Singh, Jitesh Sharma (c & wk), Ashutosh Sharma, Shivam Singh, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Chahar

PBKS Impact Subs: Arshdeep Singh, Tanay Thyagarajan, Prince Choudhary, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Harpreet Singh Bhatia

Also READ: IPL 2024 – Former RCB owner Vijay Mallya shares a special message after victory against CSK

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