12BET Predictions: Punjab Kings Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2022
Two resurgent sides will continue to carry forward their good work, as the Punjab Kings will lock horns against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in what promises to be a very high-voltage clash between two sides who have found ways to win and look in fine fettle ahead of their encounter. The IPL 2021 tournament wasn’t great for either side, as they failed to qualify for the playoffs.
A Sunrisers win could see them make the jump from also-rans to right in the middle of the playoff picture, whereas a Punjab win will see them be in the top-4, and with a genuine chance of going higher up the table. So there is a lot to play for in this fixture and both sides will want to play a great cricket match.
The Sunrisers are slowly and steadily working their way towards a full-blown resurgence, away from the public glare. They have been playing a good brand of cricket, not getting ahead of themselves at any time, and sticking to the basics, as well as doing them right. A couple of personnel changes have also ensured that the balance of the side, as well as the team dynamic, isn’t as lopsided as it used to be in the past. The Sunrisers look like a team that is well and truly on the path to a better version of themselves and can cause a problem to anyone on their day. The absence of spinner Washington Sundar can throw a scanner in the works, but they more than enough cover for him to ensure that his absence is not sorely felt.
The Kings have once again returned to winning ways, getting over the line in a close finish against the Mumbai Indians, but for the most part, it looked like they would have lost that game, with a combination of some ordinary cricket and poor decisions, and only Mumbai’s self-inflicted errors helped them escape to victory. The batting looks the part, with Dhawan making a much-needed return to form and Mayank Agarwal also getting among the runs, the bowling will have to just pull up a little, especially in crunch situations, because other teams won’t be that naive in gifting them the game from a position of strength.
In the 18 games that have been played between the two sides, the Sunrisers have the edge in the head-to-head, with the Orange Army winning 12, and the Kings winning the remaining 6.
With a much better-rounded squad as well as the know-how to come out of tough situations, Punjab holds the edge in this game and is expected to win it. However, write the Sunrisers off at your own peril.
Date and Time
17th April 2022 (Sunday) at 3:30 pm.
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
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