Date: 2nd May 2021
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
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In match 28 of the ongoing Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The flat pitch at Delhi will certainly aid batsmen and teams winning the toss would ideally bat first as this is an afternoon game.
Both Rajasthan and Hyderabad have struggled in this tournament so far and find themselves in the bottom half of the table. While SRH are at the last position in the table, RR are just above them.
Rajasthan showed glimpse of improvement in the match against Kolkata but lost to Mumbai in their last game. Sanju Samson’s form will be huge positive for them as he has scored 84 in his last 2 games. The bowling department looks solid for RR and Chetan Sakariya’s brilliance with the ball has been one of their strengths.
The Hyderabad franchise has a lot of issues on their plate and they need to resolve them before it is too late. In a recent turn of events, they have handed the captaincy to Kane Williamson, whose flair and flamboyance has benefitted the team as he has single-handedly led the batting unit of SRH on many occasions. Meanwhile, the absence of T Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has definitely affected the side.
Rajasthan Royals don’t really have much of a choice as they just have 4 overseas players in their ranks. Yashasvi Jaiswal had replaced Manan Vohra a few matches back and he has done well. He is likely to retain his place.
Manish Pandey was included in the team ahead of Virat Singh and he reposed the captain’s faith with a well-composed knock of 61. Sandeep Sharma had replaced Abhishek Sharma and he is likely to retain his place.
It will be interesting to see if Williamson could change the fate of SRH after getting the new responsibilities.
Rajasthan Royals: 6
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 7
Players to watch out for
The skipper of Rajasthan Royals Sanju Samson has shone back to form in the previous 2 games and has been a vital cog to the Rajasthan franchise. He has mustered 229 runs across 6 matches so far.
A steady batsman in the middle order, brimming with class. This precisely defines Kane Williamson and he has bailed out SRH from troubled situations in IPL 2021 as well. He has scored 108 runs in 3 matches so far.
Probable Playing XI
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (w/k), Sanju Samson (c), Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
David Warner, Johnny Bairstow (w/k), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, J Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul