Indian Premier League, 2018
Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Big Picture
It is expected to be another pulsating clash at the Vivo IPL 2018 with the Rajasthan Royals hosting the 2016 IPL champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Where: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur
When: 22 April 2018
The Rajasthan Royals return to a venue, that they have proceeded to make their fortress (72% win percentage) years– The Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The venue that hosted a solitary Test match as an initiative for “Cricket for peace” between India and Pakistan, the ground has seen a plethora of record-breaking feat, the most recent being Virat Kohli’s fastest hundred for an Indian against Australia in 2013. The ground is owned by Rajasthan State Sports Council and can bear witness to 23,185 spectators.
Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score has hovered from 158 to 153, 34.1 % of the matches have been won by the team batting first (14) while team’s batting second have won 63.4% of three matches (26) and one match has ended in a tie.
In the Spotlight
On the back of a superlative bowling performance by debutant Jofra Archer (3-22) and a blinder of a cameo by Krishnappa Gowtham (33 of 11), a redeemed Royals unit would be banking on their home advantage as they look to build on the winning momentum, they’ve garnered on the back of a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians.
While Henrich Klaasen failing to make an impact thus far, D’Arch Short might replace the South African.
Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), D’Archy Short/Henrich Klaasen, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, S.Gopal, K Gowtham, Ben Laughlin/Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
If there is a team that has mastered the art of defending low-totals, then Sunrisers Hyderabad would rank right at the top. After defending 119 against Mumbai Indians, SRH on the back of superstar Rashid Khan and an all-round bowling performance by Kaul and Sharma, they did an encore as they humbled the KXIP by 13 runs while defending 133.
However, as good as their bowling has been, SRH is lacking fire-power in their batting and would be looking to slot in Alex Hales in a bid to beef up their batting.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed the last match is expected to return to the match
- Wriddhiman Saha is having a forgetful IPL with the bat. Shreevats Goswami could slot in for him.
- There is also a chance of Alex Hales getting to play here.
Wriddhiman Saha (wk)/Shreevats Goswami, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlaike, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Nabi
Where to watch Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com