SRH Vs RR, Match Preview
SRH Vs RR: The Sunrisers are out of the tournament. Unlike last season, they have now possible way after a poor start to the season. They fluffed a small chase against PBKS, in an important game that could help determine their qualification fortunes. SRH are a side which work on stability and consistency. They back a certain set of players, and have a template similar to CSKs. This season, their key players have been unable to find form, which has affected them in a way similar to how CSK were affected last season. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kane Williamson’s experience hasn’t come into play, while David Warner continues to struggle and is hampered by injury.
T Natarajan has Covid, and is in isolation, which leaves the bowling shorter. Rajasthan Royals’s chances of qualification also seemed slim at the start of the second leg. They lost their key players, but have found some nice replacements. The bowling has been superb, as they pulled of an unbelievable win against PBKS, and restricted Delhi to a decent score. The batting though is still inconsistent. Relying heavily on Sanju Samson, the batting line-up didn’t have to many contributors in their loss to Delhi. They are sixth on the table now, and a win takes them to fourth, sending strong shockwaves to the other sides.
SRH Vs RR, Team News
Evin Lewis and Chris Morris didn’t play against Delhi. Both players have niggles, and their availability is still uncertain.
Sunrisers are likely to go with the same line-up. They don’t have any injury worries, barring Natarajan and Shankar’s isolation. David Warner is injured, but fit enough to play, and may continue in the side. His form however, could prompt them to go with Jason Roy. SRH may also find a player to replace Kedar Jadhav, who isn’t doing a great job in the middle-order.
SRH Vs RR, Predicted XIs
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Abdul Samad, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Khaleel Ahmed.
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt/wk), 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Mahipal Lomror, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Chetan Sakariya, 10 Kartik Tyagi, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
SRH Vs RR, Players to Watch out for
While the core of SRH is finding things tough, there is one player who is still finding ways to perform. Rashid Khan is still as dangerous as ever, and his bowling is keeping SRH in the game despite the performances of others. He continues to ply his trade, and his four overs will continue to be game-defining overs for SRH, despite their elimination.
Last season, Rahul Tewatia lit up the IPL with his brilliance against Sheldon Cottrell. The performance did him a world of good. His confidence rose, he became a key finisher and leg-spinner for Rajasthan and is now an undroppable member. This season, he hasn’t come to the party yet, with some quiet performances. It has been one year since the brilliant knock, and Rajasthan will hope for some impetus from him as they fight for a top-four spot.
SRH Vs RR, Pitch Report
The Dubai surface is helpful for spinners this season. There is grass on the surface, but the pitch is soft, unlike last season. Chasing scores hasn’t been as easy, and defending will be the better decision for the side winning the toss.