Rajasthan Royals bowlers were disciplined with their line and length just conceding less than 7 runs per over in their 20 allotted overs. Rajat Bhatia was the pick of the bowlers picking of 2 for 22 in his four overs.
Earlier at the toss, Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bowl, knowing how the previous game between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings had panned out and also the fact that the opposition have an explosive top order of Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch and David Warner.
On to the team news now where there were some surprises in the playing XIs of both teams. Rajasthan left out Australia batsman Steven Smith, as they went in with the experience of Brad Hodge, while James Faulkner Kane Richardson rounded up the foreign players.
On the other hand, Hyderabad left out a fit Irfan Pathan, one of the genuine all-rounders in Indian cricket, as they went in with two specialist legspinners Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma, and fast bwoelrs Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneswar Kumar. The bowling attack will be led by Dale Steyn, with allrounder Darren Sammy providing an option with gentle seam bowling.