Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) leg-spinner Rashid Khan is hopeful his team will emerge victorious in the game against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) following a tough start to the IPL 2021 season.
While previewing the upcoming fixture, Rashid Khan recalled SRH's wonderful record against the Punjab-based franchise. The two teams have faced each other in 16 IPL matches, with the 'Orange Army' winning 11.
The Afghan cricketer also reminded fans of David Warner's impressive record against the Punjab Kings.
The SRH skipper has accrued 906 runs against the team, of which 661 have come while playing for Hyderabad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, meanwhile, has accounted for 18 wickets against Punjab.
Rashid Khan also recalled SRH's 69-run win last year in the first of two games between the two teams.
After SRH put up 201 runs on the board in that game, KL Rahul and his men were bowled out for just 132 runs. However, the Kings did bounce back in the second match with a 12-run victory.
"Our past experience will help us a lot as we look to get off the mark in 2021," Rashid Khan said as he signed off.
Rashid Khan has been the best bowler for SRH this season
Even though SRH have lost all three of their games this season, Rashid Khan has been the pick of the bowlers. He has scalped four wickets in three innings while maintaining an economy rate of 5.33.
Opposition sides have been quite wary of his skills and have preferred to see off his overs. Against the Punjab Kings, Rashid Khan will look forward to making full use of his experience and helping the team win their first game of IPL 2021.
Apart from Rashid, it is crucial that SRH's middle-order batsmen also hit their stride in this match. Their poor batting displays have seen them lose the plot more than once from within touching distance of victory.
If Kane Williamson regains full fitness, SRH might include him in the playing XI, possibly in place of Mujeeb Ur Rahman.