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Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Betting Tips 21/04/2021

Teams Status

Sunrisers Hyderabad are the only side that remains winless and point-less in the tournament so far. For a side that finished third last year, much was expected of the Orange Army but they have begun the 2021 edition with three straight defeats – all three of which were unsuccessful run chases. In their defence, all three were by close margins as well.

Truth be told, with the exception of the first defeat to KKR where they had to chase 188, the subsequent two matches offered quite modest targets of 150 and 152 but the SRH batters, even in a famously batting paradise such as IPL, could not get the job done.

Against RCB, they were cruising at 96-1 before finishing 143-9 as their middle order collapsed despite the groundwork laid by their captain David Warner and Manish Pandey. And against Mumbai Indians, they were again 67-0 and well in control before folding for 137.

SRH’s middle and lower order batters will have to get their act together if they are to get off the mark and vacate the bottom of the table.

Punjab Kings have fared little better, and had Rajasthan’s Sanju Samson not been unlucky in their opening match, the Kings, too, would have been sitting with zero points to their name.

Unlike SRH, the Kings have batted first in all three matches. Apart from their astonishing collapse in their defeat to CSK when they managed just 106 runs, their batting has clicked, piling up 221 in their first match, against the Royals, and 195 in their latest one against Delhi Capitals.

They’ve been more consistently been let down by their bowling. A mammoth score of 221 against RR should have been defended with ease but Punjab bowlers still saw the match go down to the wire. Then against Delhi their batters had again put together a decent score of 195 but the bowlers could not get the job done.

A simple look at Punjab’s bowling unit shows that they do not have the oomph that others have. When that’s the case, pace spearhead Mohammad Shami and other role players will have to carry the workload.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Punjab Kings Sunrisers Hyderabad
Bet365 1.80 2.0
22Bet 1.805 2.005
LeoVegas 1.79 2.00

Punjab Kings, thanks to their sole win, are the favourites here. 22Bet has PBKS at 1.805 and SRH at 2.005; LeoVegas has PBKS at 1.79 and SRH at 2.0; and lastly, Bet365 has PBKS at 1.80 and SRH at 2.0.


Tipster’s Angel

Chris Gayle Will Score 50 Runs – Yes @ 3.74

West Indies superstar Chris Gayle has looked a bit subdued so far in IPL 2021, managing knocks of 40, 10 and 11. He is now due a major knock, of which we know he is very capable. Arguably the greatest T20 cricketer of all-time, Gayle must deliver now that his team is rooted to the bottom of the table.

Best Bowler on Punjab Kings – Mohammad Shami @ 3.5

As explained above, the Kings are a bit light on quality bowlers. Mohammad Shami is their most important bowler and he had a horrible game against Delhi Capitals last time out, conceding 53 runs in his four overs and going wicketless.

To be fair to Shami, he was pretty decent in the first two games, taking two wickets in each of those matches and being generally economical.

With PBKS bowling in the spotlight, expect Shami to get his act together and do what he is supposed to: lead his team’s bowling unit.

Conclusion

These two teams have opposite problems. One has a misfiring batting unit and the other has bowling issues. PBKS have a slight edge (14-12) in terms of head to head but it is still a toss-up and anyone can win.

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