A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad Indian Premier League teams is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad was really great in their defence of low totals, winning three out of four times they posted under 140. Both teams have squeezed every last resource available to produce the desired result in the past. It remains to be seen if the changed teams can do the same this season.

Match Stats:

Indian Premier League – 2014: Match 4 – Rajasthan Royals vs Sun Risers Hyderabad, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. April 18, 2014, Start time 18:30 (Local Time), 14:30 (GMT).

Head-to-Head in T20’s:

The Head to Head in the IPL between these two teams have been dominated by RR who won 2 games out of 3 played. One of those two wins came for RR in last year’s eliminator game in play-offs.

Pitch Report: The tournament opener between Kolkata and Mumbai was played on a green pitch which had plenty of carry for the fast bowlers. This match and the afternoon match are expected to be played on same surface. Two games on the same track may slow the pitch a bit.

Weather Report: As usually rain isn’t expected in UAE to spoil the sport. It will be bit humid with a temperature around 30-35.

Teams News:

Shane Watson appointed as Rajasthan’s new captain will have some extra responsibility. They retain most of the players as usually didn’t went after big players. They have balanced squad with equal number of bowlers and batsmen and their strength is the Domestic players as like the last season.

Rajasthan Royals’ Possible Playing XI:

A Rahane, U Chand / AK Bains , S Watson, S Samson, S Binny, B Hodge / S Smith, A Nayar / R Bhatia, J Faulkner, T Southee / K Richardson, P Thambe, V Malik.

Hyderabad also depends on two explosive talents from Australia as well. The top-order looks terrific with the newly entered Aaron Finch and David Warner and combining with captain Shikhar Dhawan. But lower down collapse is expected. Most teams would attempt to remove out the two Australians with spin early on and hope for the middle order to fall. But as Hyderabad showed last season, their Dale Steyn-led bowling attack is more than game to pick up the slack, especially if Abu Dhabi welcomes both teams with another grassy pitch.

Sun Risers Hyderabad’s Possible Playing XI:

S Dhawan (capt), A Finch, D Warner, V Rao, N Ojha (wk), D Sammy, I Pathan, K Sharma, A Mishra, B Kumar, D Steyn.

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