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The Indian Premier League 2022 has been taking place in full swing and after three matches over the super weekend, we have yet to witness the team batting first register a victory. Both the encounters on Sunday were high-scoring encounters but the teams chasing managed to make easy work of the target.

The 5th match of the IPL 2022 is set to take place between the 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and inaugural edition title winner Rajasthan Royals. The match is slated to be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune and for that reason, there will be no shortage of runs whatsoever. 

Both RR and SRH had a busy outing at the auctions, showcasing great commitment. The sides have stitched together a very well-balanced and personally I feel Rajasthan Royals have the most balanced side in the current edition of the league.

Its experience vs aggression, Yes, it will be the clash between the cool-headed Kane Williamson and bellicose Sanju Samson. Who do you think will come out on top?

Match timings

Match Toss Time: 19:00 IST (13:30 GMT)

Match Start Time: 19:30 IST (14:00 GMT)

Match Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Head to Head

Matches played: 15, Sunrisers Hyderabad: 8, Rajasthan Royals: 7

Last 5 meetings: SRH: 2, RR: 3

# Note that the Rajasthan Royals have only won once batting first against the Sunrisers.

Fixture stats

Highest run-getter in the fixture (active): Sanju Samson- 512 runs

Highest wicket-taker in the fixture (active): Bhuvneshwar Kumar- 10 wickets

Weather conditions and pitch

SRH vs RR weather and pitch

Team News

Sunrisers Hyderabad do not have any injury concerns and the return of Natarajan from injury will definitely boost the franchise. The hard-hitter Glenn Philips and Rahul Tripathi could be given the opening slots. While the skipper is set to come in at no.3.

For the Rajasthan Royals, Jos Buttler is available for selection and he is expected to open the batting with Devdutt. Royals are too spoilt for choices in their batting line-up and they will have a huge headache to choose between Shimron and Rassie van der Dussen, however, Shimron is likely to get the thumbs up. 

Probable Playing Xl

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): Rahul Tripathi, Abishek Sharma, Kane Williamson(C), Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravi Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna

Must-picks

The former RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal has shown great character and given has played innings way beyond the maturity of age. He is along with the reliable opener of SRH, Rahul Tripathi, are two of the must-picks on your side. 

Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson and SRH's wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran are our two other must-picks for the 5th match of the Indian Premier League 2022.

SRH vs RR fantasy team

SRH vs RR fantasy team
Cricwizz fantasy team

Captain and Vice-captain Picks

Devdutt Padikkal Rahul Tripathi
Devdutt Padikkal (C) and Rahul Tripathi (Vc)

Prediction

On paper, there is no doubt that the Rajasthan Royals are the better side. The side boasts of some big names in the form of Samson, Padikkal, Buttler, Boult, Ashwin, and Chahal. It is not only the big names that RR possesses, another winning factors are the variety and balance the team holds.

SRH have one of the best captains in the business and Nicholas Pooran has been in great touch and he can be a match-winner on his own. Keeping these in mind and the fact that Pooran might fall prey to the big-hearted Chahal, we feel the Royals hold the edge going into this clash.

Cricwizz predicts Rajasthan Royals to win the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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