Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Rajasthan Royals do battle at 8pm Friday night local time in the Indian Premier League with both sides aiming to bounce back from defeats in their opening round of matches. It was the Orange Army who got the better of the Royals on both occasions last season. Can the side from Jaipur get revenge?
SRH vs RR – IPL 2019
Where to Watch
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Date: 29 March 2019
Match Begins: 14:30 GMT / 20:00 IST
TV Channel / Live Stream: The match will be live on BT Sport 3 in the UK. Live streaming will also be possible via the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals – The Form Guide
SRH didn’t perform to their best in their last match against the Knight Riders to be honest. They were beaten by six wickets with just two balls left even though they seemed to have the match in their grasp. If it wasn’t for the impressive 85 from David Warner it could have been a lot worse.
The dew certainly came into play which made it difficult for the bowlers. However, Kolkata needed 59 off the final four overs. The 18th over went for 19 and the 19th went for 21. It was the Andre Russell show in the end, but the Sunrisers need to dust themselves off and make sure they perform well in this one for the whole match and not just most of it.
How have the Royals faired?
Not much better. Especially if you’re Jos Buttler. The Royals were ‘mankaded’ on Monday, there’s no doubt about that. Would they have won if that didn’t happen? We can debate that all day long, but the fact remains that it did happen, Jos Buttler arguably shouldn’t have strayed, the Royals lost, and they now need to pick themselves up and go again.
Punjab won in the end by 14 runs, which, incidentally, was their first ever win against Rajasthan at that venue. Regardless of the controversy, there’s no denying that Sam Curran’s over towards the end changed the match. He removed Smith and Samson which brought his side back into the game. Mujeeb then picked up two wickets himself in the following over. Punjab simply capitalised and won the game.
Mentally, that could impact the Royals heading into Friday's game, and they still probably remember the two defeats by the Sunrisers in last season’s IPL. It won’t be easy.
Kane Williamson (C), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill.
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Riyan Parag, Shubham Ranjane, Manan Vohra.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was well-known last season for being a sticky and two-paced wicket. From an away side’s point of view, a trip to this venue is seen as one of the toughest tests simply because of the way the home side play. They’re very attacking, which suits the conditions well. The Royals, however, have bowlers within their squad more than capable of coping with the conditions. It should be a great battle in the searing Hyderabad heat on Friday.
The bookies have priced up the home side as odds on favourites to win this one at 4/6. Rajasthan are available at around 6/5 to notch their first win of the campaign.
If David Warner produces the same sort of batting display here as he did against Kolkata, then the home side should win. The toss could prove to be a deciding factor in this one though, with the conditions arguably favouring the bowlers late on. However, I think the Sunrisers will win this with a bit to spare.
The home side are a little short for my liking, so I’m leaving the Match Odds market alone. Instead, I think there’s better value in David Warner to be the top Sunrisers batsman at 2/1. If you want a better price, consider him for top overall batsman in the match at odds of 4/1.