Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Preview
Rajasthan has been having a renaissance of sorts with Rahane returning to form and Steve Smith taking care of things at the helm. They staged a fantastic comeback in the last game when they were almost out of the game with some brilliant rearguard action by Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer. It’s a far cry and highly unrealistic to expect Rajasthan to make the qualifiers, but they’re surely putting up a decent fight.
Sunrisers, on the other hand, would be well aware and should be mentally prepared about this time because this time was always going to come. Bairstow has left the team for international duties, and the same thing is going to happen with Warner soon. Bairstow leaving surely is a massive blow for the team, but it might propel Kane Williamson to the opening position which might do wonders for them. Manish Pandey’s 80 odd runs would be a huge positive as well for the team looking for stability in the middle order.
Varun Aaron was an inspired addition to the squad that begs the question of why he wasn’t brought in earlier. Unadkat and his string of horrible performances have continued nonetheless, and the team might look to make some change in his place.
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There’s something special about Riyan Parag. His demeanor, his playing style as well as his composure in tense situations. He could be something huge in the coming years, but for now, it’s just a joy to see how this new gem is unraveling.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahana, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
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It would be interesting to see how Sunrisers react to the loss of Bairstow. On paper, it’s not much as they can replace him with Kane Williamson but the problem is the kind of form that Williamson has shown as compared to the kind of form Bairstow did.
The player under the spotlight
Manish Pandey’s knock was undoubtedly welcome news for SRH that has been chronically suffering from a weak middle order. He’s lacked runs this year but more than that it has been slightly alarming to see him getting dropped and Yusuf Pathan getting the preference over him. With just the provisional squad announced for the WC and getting a chance to play on a belter of a track at Jaipur, Pandey would be licking his chops.
Probable XI: David Warner, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
The pitch at Jaipur will offer slow bounce, but it’s usually batsman-friendly, and a score in the region of 170 should be competitive here.
Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Prediction
It’s Warner Vs Smith in a way, but it seems that as a team Rajasthan is starting to get into a groove. They would be more than handy in these conditions and are our favorites to win this one.
Rajasthan Royals to win @ 2.30 at William Hill
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