IPL 2018: 28th Match, RR vs SRH – Rajasthan Royals Predicted XI
Rajasthan Royals (RR) has got two crucial points under their belt and will like to continue the momentum when they face good-looking Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 29 (Sunday).
Meanwhile, the hosts are currently in the fifth position with three wins from six games.
Moreover, Jofra Archer’s form will boost the Royals morale going against the Hyderabad.
The Royals have banked on Sanju Samson’s tremendous run-scoring spree to post good totals against the distinct opponents.
However, they will want Samson to continue with his form. Also, the return of Ben Stokes to form will be an added advantage for the host going into the game.
The batsmen need to stand up against the best bowling attack of the tournament – to post a good total or chase down the target.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers have mastered the art of defending low totals which will keep the Royals dugout worried.
Having said that, Rajasthan will be desperate to win the game and make a move ahead in this game.
Here is the predicted XI of the Rajasthan Royals:
Ajinkya Rahane (c):
Ajinkya Rahane has had a good start to the tournament scoring runs in almost all the games.
However, he needs to bat longer and ensure that runs don’t get dried from one end.
Rahane will have to step up once again if they want to continue the momentum.
The South African wicketkeeper-batsman is yet to make his presence felt in the tournament.
Klaasen needs to live up to his expectations to retain his spot in the team.
Furthermore, he is capable of playing the long handle and score quick runs.
The prolific run-scorer Sanju Samson has had a great start to this tournament. He has scored runs consistently for his franchise batting at one drop.
However, Rajasthan management will want him to continue against a brilliant Hyderabad attack.
The costliest player in the league has eventually started to find his timing right. Ben Stokes form with the bat will be a huge boost for the Royals set up.
Enterprising all-rounder Stokes will have to be in his top form if Rajasthan wants to make any inroads to Hyderabad bowling unit.
Jos Buttler (wk):
The hard-hitting England batsman Jos Buttler has scored a couple of 15-20’s, but the big score is yet to come.
Buttler will be raring to put some runs under his belt and contribute to team’s success.
Rahul Tripathi, so far, has failed to replicate his form he was in, during the tenth edition in 2017.
However, he needs to come good early on to retain his spot in the team.
The Royals’ dugout will want a swashbuckling knock from Tripathi against a decent SRH attack.
Jofra Archer: (9/10)
Jofra Archer had a brilliant debut for the Royals in the last game.
However, he missed the first few games due to injury. Rajasthan will want to bank on him to thump SRH.
Krishnappa Gowtham proved his worth as a batsman in the last game against Mumbai.
His 11-ball 33-run knock won the match for Rajasthan. He will be eager to continue this run and win matches for his team.
The leg-spinner in the form of Shreyas Gopal has had an average series so far with the ball.
Although he has picked wickets, he needs to pick more wickets in the middle-overs.
However, Gopal has bowled at a decent economy rate and will be keen to shift gears for himself.
Jaydev Unadkat: (6/10)
Jaydev Unadkat is yet to shine in this edition of the league. Rajasthan roped him for a hefty amount seeing his form in the last season, but he is yet to deliver.
Unadkat needs to start picking wickets early to pay back to the trust shown by the franchise.
Dhawal Kulkarni: (7/10)
The experienced bowler Dhawal Kulkarni is just a shadow of his old form.
Moreover, he showed some form in the last game picking two crucial wickets.
Kulkarni will be eager to pick wickets and justify his selection in the playing XI of Rajasthan Royals.
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