Coming off from a defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders, SunRisers Hyderabad will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals in match 40 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the UAE.
At the start of the tournament, SunRisers Hyderabad struggled to find a proper middle-order which cost them defeats. Although now they have a well-settled batting order, it has been late for them to lock space in play-offs.
Well, nothing can be predicted this season after witnessing three-super overs in one day. So, SRH is likely to be still in the race. But the competition between SRH and RR will be highly competitive as the latter is also desperate to win this match.
Let’s take a look at SunRisers Hyderabad’s playing XI against RR:
1. Jonny Bairstow (wk):
Jonny Bairstow is playing a crucial role for SunRisers Hyderabad this season. He has been the leading scorer for them in the last matches. Overall, he has amassed 316 runs in nine matches at the strike rate of 128.97. It’s important for SRH that he stays longer in the field to give them a good start.
2. David Warner (c):
David Warner has played more cautious innings considering the inexperienced middle-order. He has anchored the innings while has allowed Bairstow to play more freely. This strategy has worked for SunRisers Hyderabad to give them a stable start.
3. Manish Pandey:
Whenever there is an early fall of openers, Manish Pandey has played gritty knocks to put a good score on the board. In nine matches, he has scored 212 runs at a strike rate of 123.25. Being at no.3, SunRisers Hyderabad will expect him to play a big knock to give a good start to the team.
4. Kane Williamson:
Kane Williamson has played decent knocks for the team, but he has lost his wickets early. After missing the first two matches, he has notched up 181 runs in seven matches at a healthy strike rate of 145.96. He is going to play a crucial role for SunRisers Hyderabad against RR.
5. Priyam Garg:
After scoring a half-century against Chennai Super Kings in their first meeting, Priyam Garg has scored 8, 0, 15,16 and 4 in the last five matches. Although he had shown his potential with the bat, he has a huge role to play as a finisher of SunRisers Hyderabad.
6. Abhishek Sharma:
Abhishek Sharma has done a good job with both bat and ball for SunRisers Hyderabad. The youngster has not got enough chances to bat, but his short cameo has accelerated the innings for SRH. In seven matches, the leg spinner has picked up two wickets and scored 63 runs. He has not played in the last two matches, but he is likely to get back his place.
7. Abdul Samad:
Abdul Samad has also been a great find of IPL 2020. He is a power hitter while also is a good bowling option for the captain. The youngster will be the one to look out for this season.
8. Rashid Khan:
Rashid Khan is the lynchpin for SunRisers Hyderabad. The lone spinner in the team has the big responsibility to dismiss the opposition’s batsmen early. So far, he has picked up 11 wickets in nine matches at the staggering economy rate of 5.52.
9. Sandeep Sharma:
The pacer’s ability to swing the ball has troubled batsman to not score runs easily against him. But he has failed to pick wickets. He has scalped up four wickets in six matches. SRH will want him to give them breakthroughs against RR.
10. Khaleel Ahmed:
The left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed has not been economical but has picked crucial wickets. He has picked up eight wickets in six matches at the economy rate of 9.73. He is still to match up to the expectation. But the youngster will maintain his spot in the coming games.
11. T Natarajan:
T Natarajan is in terrific form. He has remarkably executed his yorkers even though dew makes it difficult to bowl in the second half. The pacer has picked up 11 wickets in nine matches at the economy rate of 8.46. The Tamil Nadu cricketer is going to play a significant role this season for SunRisers Hyderabad.