Rajasthan vs Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will clash in the 40th match of IPL 2021 today. This match will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium from 7.30 pm. For the Hyderabad team, who have been out of the playoff race in the tournament, this match is a fight to save honor. At the same time, with 8 points, Rajasthan’s team is currently at the sixth position in the points table and by winning this match, they would like to remain in the race for the playoffs.
It is no less than a nightmare for the way Hyderabad has performed in the IPL so far this year. The team has lost 8 out of 9 matches. With 2 points, Hyderabad’s team is currently at the bottom of the points table and is out of the race for the playoffs. On the other hand, Rajasthan’s team with 8 points from 9 matches is currently on the sixth position in the points table and remains in the race for the playoffs.
Talking about the second phase of IPL in UAE, both Rajasthan and Hyderabad have played two matches each so far. Hyderabad has faced defeat in both their matches. On the other hand, Rajasthan have won one of their two matches against Punjab, while they had to face defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals.
Both the teams will have to raise the level of batting
So far in IPL 2021, the batsmen of both Hyderabad and Rajasthan teams have disappointed. David Warner has not been able to do anything special for Hyderabad so far in this tournament. While Warner was dismissed for zero in the first match, he could score only two runs in the second match. Apart from this, the captain of the team, Kane Williamson, has not been able to do anything special with the bat so far. The team will expect a good innings from these two international players this time. However, today Jason Roy can also be included in the team. A Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav will also have to perform better in the middle order. At the same time, Jason Holder played a quick innings of 47 runs for the team in the last match. In this match too, Hyderabad will be hoping for some quick runs with his bat.
On the other hand, if we talk about Rajasthan, then all the batsmen have disappointed except captain Sanju Samson. Samson played a brilliant innings of 70 runs in the last match. However, he has not got much support from any other batsman in the team. Many foreign players of the team have withdrawn from the league and this is clearly visible on the performance of Rajasthan. In the first match, Evin Lewis started the innings well with Yashasvi Jaiswal. However, he was not included in the team in the second match. Apart from this, the team’s star all-rounder Chris Morris was also out of the last match. According to the team management, both the players had minor injuries, due to which they were rested in the last match. There is no information yet about whether these two will play in today’s match. The team will expect good performances from Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror and Rahul Tewatia in today’s match.
Rashid Khan can prove to be the X Factor
Hyderabad has a heavy edge in bowling. Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan can prove to be the X factor for the team in this match. Apart from this, the experience of Bhuvneshwar Kumar can also be of great use to the team. Apart from this, the team has bowlers like Jason Holder and Khaleel Ahmed, who can prove to be very useful in today’s match.
Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya have bowled well for Rajasthan so far. Apart from this, if Morris plays in today’s match, then he can prove to be a match winner. Morris has taken 14 wickets for the team in this IPL. In the last match, Tabrez Shamsi got a chance in place of Morris. However, if Morris is fit, he may have to sit out again today. Apart from this, the team will also be expected to bowl sharply from young bowler Karthik Tyagi and spin all-rounder Rahul Tewatia.
Head to head both the teams are on equal footing
Talking about the matches played between both the teams in IPL so far, then the match seems to be equal. There have been 14 clashes in the league between Rajasthan and Hyderabad so far. Out of which both the teams have won seven times each. At the same time, the last match between both the teams was during the first phase of IPL in India, in which Rajasthan won an easy 55 runs.
What will be the mood of the pitch?
The Dubai pitch has generally proved to be helpful for the batsmen. However, in the beginning, there can be help for the fast bowlers here. The match between RCB and Mumbai was played here yesterday. Where in the second innings, the Mumbai team was seen struggling. The team winning the toss will look to bat first here. Dew will also be of great importance here, so the team batting first will want to score a big score.
RR Probable playing XI of- Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (captain and wicketkeeper), Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dubey, Chris Morris, Rahul Teotia, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakaria.
SRH Probable Playing XI- Kane Williamson (Captain), David Warner/Jason Roy, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket Keeper), Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed.
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