Date: September 27, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai
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Bottom dwellers Hyderabad lock horns with faltering Rajasthan in Indian T20 League 2021 on Monday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. Hyderabad’s hopes to make it to the playoffs are all but over. However, Hyderabad are not yet mathematically out of contention. Sitting at the bottom of the table with just two points from nine games, the franchise will need a large number of results to go in their favour. On the other hand, Rajasthan will aim to win their remaining games to make a late push for the top-four.
The two teams have already met once this season in May and at that time it was the Sanju Samson-led side which emerged victorious in a one-sided contest by 55 runs. Rajasthan had scored a mammoth 220/3 thanks to superb batting from Jos Buttler (124 runs off 64 balls). Hyderabad could only muster 165-8 while chasing the huge total set by Rajasthan.
Position in the Indian T20 League standings:
Hyderabad : Current Position: 8th (2 points in 9 matches)
Rajasthan: Current Position: 7th (8 points in 9 matches)
Hyderabad Full Squad:
IN: Umran Malik | OUT: Jonny Bairstow, Sherfane Rutherford
David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Umran Malik
Rajasthan Full Squad:
IN: Tabraiz Shamsi, Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis | OUT: Andrew Tye, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler
Sanju Samson (Captain), Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Liam Livingstone, Akash Singh, Glenn Phillips, Tabraiz Shamsi, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played – 14
Hyderabad – 7
Rajasthan – 7
Sanju Samson is the top run-scorer for Rajasthan with 351 runs at a strike rate of 141. He has struck 34 fours and 12 sixes during this season. He has looked in good touch this season but hasn’t been able to play the match-winning innings that the team needs from him. In Rajasthan's last match against Delhi, he played a brilliant 70-run knock but got no support from the other batters as his team lost by 33 runs.
Jason Holder recorded his best batting score (47*) and bowling figures (3/19) in IPL but his splendid all-round performance went in vain as his team lost the low-scoring thriller to Punjab by 5 runs. The West Indies all-rounder has been a consistent performer at the international level over recent years. However, he was left out from the 15-member squad announced by the West Indies board for the forthcoming T20 WC. If the talented all-rounder maintains his form, he could well force his way into the Windies T20 WC squad.
The Afghanistan all-rounder is at the top of his game and has always performed consistently for Hyderabad. With the experience of playing high-pressure matches, he has learned to keep his cool and contribute to the team’s cause. However, he hasn't been able to turn around Hyderabad's season so far. It will be interesting to see if he can fire his team to victory against Rajasthan.
Probable Playing XI
Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Rajasthan: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi