The first day after the weekend and we have a match between the two bottom-placed teams in the IPL. It is Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals where one fights for a playoff spot while the other hopes to at least gain some momentum to bounce back in the next IPL season.
Sunrisers lost their last match against the Punjab Kings after a shambolic batting display, while the Rajasthan Royals failed to trouble the Delhi Capitals.
Can Sunrisers win their first game in IPL'S second phase or will Rajasthan enter in the top four contentions with a win?
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
Head to Head
Matches Played: 14, SRH: 7, RR: 7
Weather Conditions and pitch
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been undergoing their worst season so far in the tournament. With not many players in the reserves to choose from, the team we expect the same Xl to take the field. The only exception could be the replacement of out-of-form Aussie opener David Warner with Jason Roy.
For Rajasthan, Chris Morris may return to the starting 11. They would also be hoping Evin Lewis recovers on time to make the cut for the Royals as this match could be decisive for the 2008 champions.
Probable Playing XI
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner/Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Kedar Jadhav/Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Evin Lewis/David Miller, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris /Tabraiz Shamsi, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman
Sanju Samson is a must-pick as he has looked to be the most promising from the RR squad. Jason Holder from Sunrisers Hyderabad has been one of the rare performers for the league's bottom-most team.
Rashid Khan is another consistent player from the SRH squad, while Rajasthan's Evin Lewis has looked very good too.
#RR's skipper Sanju Samson finds himself just 65 runs short of the 3000 runs mark. Can he achieve the milestone against the Sunrisers and help his team attain the 4th position? He is also three dismissals away from claiming 50 dismissals as a WK for the Rajasthan Royals.
#SRH lead bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has bowled 1,222 dot balls is now just 12 dot balls behind the second-placed Ravichandran Ashwin, who has 1,233 dot balls to his name. Any guesses on the first player on the list? It is Harbhajan Singh with a staggering 1,268 dot balls.
#In the last 10 meetings between the two sides, SRH has managed to just get the edge with 6 wins. While the RR have managed to win on 4 occasions.
SRH VS RR Fantasy Team
Captain and Vice-captain Picks
The odds need an odd for this game as it is difficult to predict who would take the points on the night. However, Rajasthan are currently in a better position and thus, looks like the favorites. However, ruling Sunrisers isn't the best choice either, as they have nothing to lose now.
Cricwizz predicts Rajasthan to win and climb to the 4th position.
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