Head to Head: Rajasthan Royals 3-2 Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Sunrisers Hyderabad return home to play their second game of the IPL 2019 after losing out in a match where they pretty much held the upper hand until Russell decide it was time to smash a few. There aren’t too many areas where the team was suffering although Bhuvneshwar Kumar as a captain is still something that’ll take time getting used to.
The openers gave a solid foundation at the top and maybe they missed trick by sending Yusuf Pathan ahead of Manish Pandey. The bowling unit too did a good job but there’s only so much you can do when Andre Russell starts wielding that willow of his.
It’s a settled unit with only question mark on Kane Williamson’s availability right now but even without that the side looks formidable enough and we should see the same team taking the field this time around.
The player under the spotlight
It would be foolish if anyone in world cricket sleeps on Johnny Bairstow but with all the glitz and glamour around David Warner, Bairstows’ innings got slightly overlooked in the first match although he provided an able support act to Warner. Bairstow can be as destructive as anyone in the world cricket and him batting in tandem with Warner will be worth watching.
Probable XI: David Warner, Johnny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul
Rajasthan Royals (RR)
The agitations and frustrations aside, Rajasthan would be blind if they don’t look beyond the controversy that surrounded the first game because even if it was not for that incident the performance put up by the team was not something they would be utterly proud of. The bowling unit was taken to the cleaners by Gayle and Sarfaraz and the team did look unprepared at times for the onslaught.
If you remove Buttler out of the equation you’d see a batting unit that failed collectively and didn’t capitalize on a good start. The Royals should have chased down the total and their inability to do that needs some work.
Going up against Hyderabad the Royals might just field the same side as the conditions are expected to be conducive for strokeplay. The middle order would be under the lens for this one as they couldn’t finish the innings properly in the previous match.
The player under the spotlight
Steve Smith had the chance to be the hero for Rajasthan Royals on his return to the big stage but he wasn’t able to close out the game for them. Although one innings is probably not enough to judge him but he did look a tad nervous when he first walked out. The spotlight would be on him as his team goes up against the team that fields his fellow Ball Tempering accomplice.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahana, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
IPL 2019 SRH vs RR Preview and Prediction
Although Rajasthan have a more favourable head to head record against Hyderabad the current Hyderabad team looks much more balanced and it would really need something special from the core group of Buttler, Smith and Stokes to win this one.
Smart money would be on Hyderabad to take this one with the encounter expected to be a high scoring one and a par score to be around 180.
Total Score: Over 333.5 @ 1.83 at Pinnacle Sports