Despite losing their opening match, Sunrisers Hyderabad remain a formidable force and the return of skipper Kane Williamson further consolidates the squad. Add to it the home advantage and Rajasthan Royals are looking at a daunting task on March 29 in IPL 2019.
Meanwhile, more than Buttler’s controversial run-out, Rajasthan will be more annoyed with their batting collapse that earned them their first defeat of IPL season 12.
The game is tilted in the favor of the hosts but a team comprising of Buttler, Stokes and Sanju Samson can never be written off.
The Hyderabad wicket will have something for the bowlers considering the fact that the home team boats of a superior bowling arsenal.
But it won’t be as lethal as the Cheepak pitch that saw RCB and CSK struggle to get runs.
The wicket should assist some movement but it won’t be enough to trouble quality batsmen.
Between the two, SRH looks in a better shape thanks to their overall balance. Rajasthan meanwhile have a few chinks in their armory especially regarding their pace bowling department.
Jos Buttler is in imperious form in 2019. He averages 70.33 in ODIs and has scored 14 sixes in five innings. He started the IPL in style against Punjab and he will look to take on SRH bowlers in the Powerplays on March 28.
Between 2014 and 2016, David Warner scored 22 half-centuries in 45 IPL innings, which is almost one in every two games.
He is staging a comeback through this IPL and has already ransacked 85 runs in the first game. Against a bowling attack that doesn’t have express pace, he could well make another big score.
However Rajasthan may have him covered in the form of Dhawal Kulkarni. Warner has scored only 44 runs off Kulkarni in 52 balls and has been dismissed twice.