The road for Rajasthan Royals to qualify for the playoff is not easy as they are at number sixth position in the points table with losing six games out of 10 played. They are scheduled to face SunRisers Hyderabad on Thursday (October 22) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
It will be a must-win game for Rajasthan Royals to move ahead in the points table. While the whole team effort will be needed, they also need some luck in their favour to win the match against SRH. Let’s take a look at how RR’s playing XI will look to clash against SRH.
RR Predicted XI against SRH:
1. Robin Uthappa:
While playing as an opener, Robin Uthappa had set a good base for Rajasthan Royals against RCB. He scored 41 runs off 22 balls, striking seven fours and one six, before losing his wicket. The right-hand batsman had suffered while batting in the middle-order. Promoting him as the opener has worked for RR, so he is likely to bat in the same position against SRH.
2. Ben Stokes:
Ben Stokes will play the fifth for Rajasthan Royals against RR. He has been given the role of opening batsman this season. In the last four matches, he has scored 80 runs at a strike rate of 112.67. He, however, has not given the expected performance. The franchise will expect him to give a good start to the team which they lack in.
3. Sanju Samson:
Nothing has changed for Sanju Samson. After being the man of the match in Rajasthan Royals first two matches, he has struggled to put good scores on the board. In the last eight matches, he has scored only 77 runs. The franchise will expect him to give a batting performance like the one in the first two matches in Sharjah.
4. Steve Smith (c):
Rajasthan Royals Steve Smith has finally found his form back in the last couple of matches. He scored a half-century against RCB although it could in winning cause while in the last match against CSK, he guided the team to victory, scoring 26* off 34 balls. His comeback is a big boost for the franchise.
5. Jos Buttler:
The attacking batsman Jos Buttler, who played as the opener at the start of the season, has been given the role of a finisher in the last two matches. Against CSK, he amassed 70 off 48 balls to seal the win for Rajasthan Royals. He will have to play a similar role against SRH to leave the team in a good position.
6. Rahul Tewatia:
Rahul Tewatia has impressed with his all-round performance. He is the only biggest positive for the team in the last nine matches. The allrounder is a hard-hitting batsman while has got the knack of picking wickets and also an excellent fielder. He is a vital cog for Rajasthan Royals this season. So, his position in the playing XI is unquestionable.
Riyan Parag proved his mettle with the bat against SRH by stitching up a match-winning partnership with Rahul Tewatia. The youngster played a sensible knock and took the team across the line to seal the win for Rajasthan Royals. He can be the star performer against SRH.
8. Jofra Archer:
Jofra Archer is playing as the allrounder for the team. He has got the runs for the team with his power-hitting while he is the master with the ball. The pacer is the leading wicket-taker for them, picking 13 wickets in 10 matches at the economy rate of 6.75. With the bat, he has scored 91 runs at the staggering strike rate of 193.61.
9. Shreyas Gopal:
Although he is an allrounder, he has not much opportunity to bat while he has been an effective leg-spinner. He has picked up seven wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of 8.18. He will retain his place in the playing XI.
10. Kartik Tyagi:
The 19-year-old pacer has impressed with his performance. He has snared one wicket each in the last six matches, including the prize wicket of Virat Kohli. The fast bowler is having a good season, and the Rajasthan Royals will expect him to continue giving them breakthroughs.
11. Jaydev Undakat:
Javdev Unadkat is probably the weak link of the Rajasthan Royals. He is an expensive bowler, but the franchise has not many options to replace him in the playing XI. In seven matches, he has picked up four wickets at the poor economy rate of 9.91.