The last match of the IPL 2022 league stage will see the clash of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) on May 22, 2022, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both the teams will be playing for pride here as they have been eliminated from the race of playoffs.
This happened when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Gujarat Titans (GT) in their last league match, as RCB had a better net run rate than PBKS and SRH.
Keeping this in mind, here is the COC predicted playing XIs for the SRH v PBKS match.
SRH will be without their captain Kane Williamson who has flown back home for the birth of his child and it is expected that Nicholas Pooran will captain the team in his absence.
The rest of the XI is expected to remain the same with the possibility of Glenn Phillips replacing Williamson in the XI. Abhishek Sharma and Priyam Garg did well in the last game, while Rahul Tripathi, Pooran, and Aiden Markram have been the spine of SRH batting.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, and T Natarajan have been good in the tournament so far, while Fazalhaq Farooqui and Washington Sundar will look to impress once more.
Punjab Kings tinkered with their playing XI too much at the start of the tournament and by the time they had found the best playing XI, they were playing catch up with the other teams in the race of playoffs and missed the bus, unfortunately.
Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Kagiso Rabada proved to be their best four overseas players in the second half of the league stage.
Shikhar Dhawan provided solidarity at the top, while Jitesh Sharma impressed all with his hitting abilities as a finisher and as a keeper.
Mayank Agarwal failed to instill confidence as a batter and his captaincy remained questionable. Rahul Chahar did well as the sole spinner in the team, while Arshdeep Singh was the most impressive of the lot as he bowled well at the death and with the new ball as well.
SRH COC Predicted Playing XI:
Abhishek Sharma, Glenn Phillips, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran (C-WK), Aiden Markram, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Fazalhaq Farooqui
PBKS COC Predicted Playing XI:
Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Mayank Agarwal (C), Jitesh Sharma (WK), Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh