Sunrisers Hyderabad are set to lock horns with Rajasthan Royals in Match No.40 of the 2021 Indian Premier League on Monday, September 27 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Sunrisers, led by Kane Williamson, are in dire straits as they are languishing right at the bottom of the table.
In their previous game, they lost to Punjab Kings by five runs after failing to chase down 126. Jason Holder smashed five sixes to keep the Orange Army in the game, but his efforts went in vain. Going into the next game, it won’t be a surprise if they make quite a few changes in their playing eleven.
The Royals, on the other hand, are placed at seventh in the table. The 33-run loss at the hands of Delhi Capitals would have dented their confidence to some extent. But their skipper, Sanju Samson, looked in great touch. RR don’t have much room for complacency and need to string a few victories.
Match – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals – 40th match
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Dubai has been fairly good for batting. However, the bowlers, especially the fast bowlers, have extracted a lot from the surface. Chasing has usually been tough on the strip. Batting first should be the way forward.
Avg first innings score: 159 (3 matches in the IPL 2021 at Dubai)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
David Warner/Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Kedar Jadhav/Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad/Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma
Bench: Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma/Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg/Kedar Jadhav, Basil Thampi, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Jason Roy/David Warner, Jagadeesha Suchith, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar
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
Bench: Akash Singh, KC Cariappa, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas, Kuldip Yadav, Manan Vohra, David Miller/Evin Lewis, Shivam Dube, Tabraiz Shamsi/Chris Morris
Played – 14 | Sunrisers Hyderabad– 7 | Rajasthan Royals – 7 |N/R – 0
In the UAE
Played – 3 | Sunrisers Hyderabad– 1 | Rajasthan Royals – 2 |N/R – 0
Probable best batter of the match
Sanju Samson— Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson has been the standout batter for the Royals in the ongoing edition of the T20 league. He is currently the leading run-scorer of his team, having amassed 351 runs from nine games at an average of 50.14 and a strike rate of 141.53. In the previous game, he stayed unbeaten on 70 and the knock should keep his confidence high, though his knock went in vain.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mustafizur Rahman– Rajasthan Royals
Mustafizur Rahman has been outstanding for the Royals with the ball in hand. The Bangladesh left-arm speedster has picked up 10 wickets in the ongoing edition of the IPL. Moreover, he has bowled at an economy rate of 7.88 and it shows that he has been able to tie down the batters in the death overs. The southpaw can’t afford to let his guard down by any means.
Today’s match prediction: Rajasthan Royals to win the match.