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The points table of the Indian Premier League 2020 has now opened up and with all the teams fighting it out to make it to the top four, the tournament promises to provide us some thrillers of matches. The 40th match of the IPL 2020 is scheduled to take place between the resurgent Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Stadium. 

Rajasthan Royals are now placed 6th in the table and now stand all chance to make it to the top four if they can continue their winning momentum. While, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are placed one below them on the table and this encounter would mean a lot to them as a defeat here would probably put an end to their hopes of making it to the play-offs.

The previous encounter between the two sides saw Rajasthan Royals come out the best of the two. The coin fell in favor of David Warner and chose to bat first. SRH with the help of Warner and a half- century by their star middle-order batsman Manish Pandey reached a modest total of 158, given the nature of the pitch and batting line-up of the RR, the score seemed below par. 

The SRH bowlers did a wonderful job to reduce the SRH to 63/4 in the first 10 overs. The resistance of Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag who added on 85 runs for the 6th wicket ensured the Rajasthan Royals registered their 3rd win of the season.

Both the teams look determined to win the encounter. While Rajasthan Royals showed great improvement in their last few games and seem to have found the winning rhythm. Can Sunrisers get over the line against Steven Smitha and Co. and keep their hopes alive? 

Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)

Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)

Match Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai

Weather Report

The conditions are once again ideal for the sport as clear skies are expected throughout the day. The temperature has been on the lower side from the last few days and is once again on the lower side here as the maximum expected temperature is reported to reach 28 degrees, which would definitely be a huge relief for the players. Though, the humidity is on the higher side.

Pitch

As seen in the last few games the pitch has slowed down considerably. The last two matches played here have been in favor of the team chasing, which indicates the presence of due and it could once again play an important role. Said that, given the slowness of the pitch the team batting first could definitely fancy their chances by scoring anything more than the 160 mark. The spinners are likely to dictate the proceedings.

Team News

Rajasthan Royals have not reported any injuries. The team now has won back to back matches and look very well balanced. The management and captain would be more than happy to feature the same Xl that handed them a comfortable victory over the Chennai Super Kings.

Sunrisers on the other side once again have issues to address in their middle- order. The plan of sending Warner three down did almost work in their favor against the Kolkata side. But the super over did not go the way of Hyderabad. 

The experienced candidate Vijay Shankar has been a rough patch as he has not been able to contribute for his team this season in any way. This could mean Abishek Sharma who is a valuable all-rounder could be given a go in this encounter.

Probable Playing Xl

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar/Abishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi/ Khaleel Ahmed

RR vs SRH Fantasy Team

Jonny Bairstow(wk), Jos Buttler, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Steven Smith, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Sharma, T. Natarajan, Kartik Tyagi, Jofra Archer

Cricwizz Fantasy Team

Captain Picks: Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Jos Buttler (RR)

Jonny Bairstow (SRH)

Vice- Captain: Rahul Tewatia (RR), Manish Pandey (SRH)

 Rahul Tewatia (RR)

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