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IPL 2024: Match 23 (PBKS vs SRH) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - Apr 9, 2024 11:44 am
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The stage is set for a high-voltage clash in Match 23 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 as the Punjab Kings (PBKS) lock horns with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh on April 9th. Both teams find themselves in a precarious position, hovering in the middle of the points table with two wins from four matches.

Harpreet Brar
Harpreet Brar 

While history favours SRH with 14 wins in their 21 encounters against PBKS, the upcoming match promises a fresh narrative, fueled by a revamped SRH squad and a resurgent PBKS. SRH boasts a formidable batting lineup, with their strength lying in their explosive top order. The young prodigy Abhishek Sharma has been a revelation, consistently providing blazing starts with a strike rate of over 217.

The experienced Shikhar Dhawan, although not yet at his peak, can be a dangerous force alongside the likes of Travis Head and Aiden Markram. PBKS’ bowling attack, which has lacked consistency so far, will have their work cut out for them. They will be relying on the pace of Kagiso Rabada and the spin of Harpreet Brar to restrict the flow of SRH runs.

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PBKS’ batting has been a mixed bag. While the likes of Shashank Singh have shown glimpses of brilliance, the team has struggled to find consistent scoring partnerships. Their middle order, in particular, needs to step up and capitalize on starts provided by the openers. The experience of Mayank Agarwal and the power-hitting of Liam Livingstone will be crucial in this regard. With a strong bowling attack on paper, PBKS needs to translate their potential into consistent performances on the field.

#1 Kagiso Rabada vs Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma
Abhishek Sharma 

Abhishek Sharma has emerged as the unlikely hero for SRH. The fearless southpaw has provided them with blazing starts, amassing 161 runs in just four matches at a staggering strike rate of 217. Stopping him early will be crucial for PBKS, and the responsibility falls on the experienced Kagiso Rabada. The South African pacer, known for his wicket-taking prowess, is likely to engage in an intense battle with the youngster, setting the tone for the match.

#2 Shikhar Dhawan vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan, despite scoring 138 runs so far, hasn’t quite found his usual rhythm. The onus of providing a solid start alongside Jonny Bairstow lies heavily on his shoulders. SRH will be hoping that their skipper rediscovers his golden touch as the tournament progresses.

To achieve their desired outcome, they will bank on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s swing magic to dismiss Dhawan cheaply. Historically, Bhuvneshwar has enjoyed success against his fellow countryman, dismissing him twice in their limited head-to-head encounters. Dhawan’s ability to navigate Bhuvi’s initial swing and convert starts into big scores will be a crucial factor for SRH.

#3 Harpreet Brar vs Heinrich Klaasen

Heinrich Klaasen
Heinrich Klaasen

Harpreet Brar has emerged as a reliable spin option for PBKS. While not a flashy performer, his ability to bowl tight lines and lengths and pick up crucial wickets in the middle overs is invaluable. Heinrich Klaasen, on the other hand, is a nightmare for spinners with his clean hitting ability. PBKS will be aware of the threat Klaasen poses, and Brar’s ability to contain the South African batsman will be a key factor in restricting the SRH total. Whether Brar’s spin wizardry can outfox Klaasen’s attacking prowess will be a fascinating sub-plot to watch.