Indian Premier League, 2018

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals

The Big Picture

So, here we are! After weeks of anticipation, analysis, and euphoria, the Indian Premier League is finally here. The 2018 season with all the subtle additions like DRS, Mid-season Transfer, is expected to be bigger and better.

On Monday, the 2016 championsSunrisers Hyderabad will take on the Delhi Daredevils in a high voltage clash at the iconic Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad

Where: Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad

When: 09 April 2018, 8:00 PM

Pitch Conditions

The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is usually better for the batsman while slowing down considerably as the game progresses.

Statistics over the years: While over the past ten years, the average first innings score has gone from 170 to 165, the team batting first has won 31 times (37.1%) while the chasing side has won 43 times i.e 57.3%.

Team Analysis and Preview

Sunrisers Hyderabad

While SRH had retained their superstar trio in David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan, they were dealt with a body blow when skipper David Warner had his IPL contract torn in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal. Warner was replaced by Kane Williamson as the skipper of the team.

English tearaway opener Alex Hales was roped in as Warner’s replacement to partner Shikhar Dhawan at the top. Dhawan has been in imperious form and in absence of Warner, his role in the team assumes prime importance. The perennial weakness for SRH over the years has been their middle-order and the franchise did manage to plug in a few holes by roping in Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, and Wridhiman Sha, who will also be their specialist wicket-keeper and Carlos Brathwaite chipping in as the all-rounder.

Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan will be spin bowling duo while joining the talisman fast-bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul who had a breakthrough season last year

Probable XI:

Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.

Rajasthan Royals

Perennially referred to as the Moneyball team over the years, the Rajasthan Royals have managed to shed their reputation by spending every single penny available to them, having made some of the biggest purchases this season. They were dealt with a blow when Steve Smith was ruled out, and Ajinkya Rahane was named as a replacement captain.

While Tripathi is likely to open with Rahane and bat the way he batted last season, but it’s not often that an uncapped Indian player produces two consecutive seasons of the same quality with the bat. They do have D’arcy Short as an explosive opening option, the lack of an Indian batting option might keep him out at the start of the tournament.

In Buttler and Stokes, Royals have two of the most explosive finishers in the tournament. Spin could be their nemesis since their three spinners have only 19 IPL wickets combined. But in Archer and Unadkat, they have raw pace and some stealth at top and tail of the innings. Ben Laughlin is expected to play ahead of Jofra Archer.

Probable XI: 

Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, K Gowtham, Ben Laughlin, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat

Where to watch Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals?

The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com