IPL 2021 PBKS vs SRH Preview

PBKS vs SRH Preview IPL 2021

Preview PBKS vs SRH IPL 2021, Match 14, April 21st, MA Chidambaram Stadium. PBKS vs SRH head to head player stats and records. Team news and match predictions for PBKS vs SRH.

Key match stats PBKS vs SRH preview

Venue Stats – MA Chidambaram Stadium

  • Average first innings: 163
  • Average first innings winning score: 172
  • Average powerplay score: 47
  • All-time win % batting 1st vs batting 2nd: 61% / 37%

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Team form PBKS vs SRH preview

  • PBKS – LLW
  • SRH – LLL
  • Previous meetings: IPL 2020, SRH won by 69 runs, PBKS won by 12 runs
IPL 2021 PBKS vs SRH preview

Here we preview 2 sides in PBKS and SRH with just a solitary win between them. Both really need to start picking up points if they are to make a challenge for the playoffs in IPL 2021 so already this has the feel of a crunch game about it.

SRH’s 3 defeats in IPL 2021 have all been of a similar nature with the men in orange batting 2nd at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and just coming up short on each occasion. In particular against RCB and MI it was the inability of one of their senior batsmen in the top order to bat through the innings that cost them later on but equally a lack of quality and experience in the middle order has been a pressing issue for the franchise for several seasons.

As for PBKS, they too seem to be very dependent on their star batsmen at the top of the order to get above average runs on the board if they are to win. Once the opening pair of KL Rahul and Agarwal were out in the match vs DC then the wheels began to fall off a little and once again we saw that their bowlers aren’t likely to defend par or below par scores during this IPL season.

PBKS vs SRH head to head player stats

PBKS bowling vs SRH batting

PBKS have opted to deploy their full arsenal of fast bowling on the faster, bouncier decks at the Wankhede but it’s likely that we’ll see a change in personnel as they move down to Chennai.

Where is Ravi Bisnoi? Is a question that a lot of IPL fans have been asking this year, with the young leg spinner one of the shining lights in the tournament last year. Given the conditions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium you would anticipate a return for him. Bisnoi’s head to head record against David Warner while limited in its length is still notable.

PBKS vs SRH Preview Warner Bisnoi head to head
Bisnoi vs Warner IPL head to head record

In terms of their seam options, PBKS have bowled with a lot of pace but not very much control. Both Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith seem to be learning the hard way that on flatter decks it’s often the case that the faster you bowl it, the further it goes and unfortunately neither really possesses the subtle variations yet to adapt their plans.

Their is of course the option that PBKS could bring in Chris Jordan for one of the Aussies, particularly as we have seen little to no swing or seam movement at the MA Chidambaram Stadium to date. Equally, Jordan offers more as a specialist death bowler and in that regard PBKS have been getting smashed around the park a little in their opening 3 games!

SRH bowling vs PBKS batting

SRH certainly have plenty of bowling options available but they can’t quite seem to settle on a balance both to their attack and the XI in general. Rashid Khan and Buvi are automatic picks but outside of that pair it’s anyones guess how SRH will decide to shuffle the pack for this match.

On a head to head basis, the most noticeable stat is the match-up between Rashid Khan and KL Rahul.

PBKS vs SRH preview Rashid Khan KL Rahul head to head
Rashid Khan vs KL Rahul IPL head to head record

If Rashid can continue to dominate the PBKS captain then this could be the defining moment of the match given how dependent they are on his runs. A Deepak Hooda cameo and a backs to the wall effort from Shahrukh Khan aside, the PBKS middle order have offered very little. PBKS do have a few options on the bench and we could well see Dawid Malan or Moises Henriques come in for Chris Gayle.

In the preview of PBKS’s last fixture, we touched upon the problem of balance within the team and it was noticeable that the Kings tried to lengthen their batting line-up against DC. It’ll be an ongoing problem for them but on a wicket that requires sides to take more risks in the powerplay but leave themselves with wickets in hand for a potentially tough second half of the innings, particularly when chasing, that lengthy tail could become a significant problem!

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Published by Statman Tom

Cricket Lover and Writer

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