IPL 2021, SRH vs RR preview: Can Hyderabad get a change in fortunes against an inconsistent Rajasthan?
SunRisers Hyderabad will be up against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021 clash on Monday. Although SRH is virtually out of contention, it could still make it provided it gets past an inconsistent RR.
As the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) continues its ride in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), former champion SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) takes on fellow former champion Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 40 at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday. It is a must-win for SRH, as a loss would knock it out of playoffs contention.
SRH is placed at the bottom of the table, having lost eight of its nine games so far. Meanwhile, RR is ranked a spot above in seventh, having won four of its nine matches. As this tie promises to be another thriller, we present the match preview.
SRH is somewhat heavy on its batting. But, it is its excellent bowling attack that has delivered this season. As for its batting, it is yet to fire, even under Kane Williamson's leadership. Consequently, the focus would be on the skipper, along with Manish Pandey, David Warner, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Holder, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmed and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
As for RR, it lacks enough star power, making it more vulnerable to the bowling attack of the opponents. Notwithstanding, it has a tremendous young talent, which is highly competitive and willing to give any team a tough time. Also, its bowling attack is heavy, as it has already proved against some of the top teams that it can thrive even under pressure.
Injury concerns: None of the sides has any injury concerns.
The two sides have clashed on 14 occasions, with both winning seven each. Of the three games in the UAE, RR leads 2-1, while they have played each other twice in Dubai, both winning apiece.
Weather and pitch report
The Dubai weather should be hot, with an expected temperature of 37 degrees and 50% humidity. The track is generally on the even side, while it has been assisting the batsmen of late. As a result, the team winning the toss could opt to bat first.
SRH: Kane Williamson (c), Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jagadish Suchith and Basil Thampi.
RR: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya.
Batsmen: Pandey, Williamson, Jaiswal, Miller- Jaiswal can be the perfect openers, along with Williamson at number three, while Pandey and Miller can consolidate in the middle.
Wicketkeeper: Samson (c)- He is a no-brainer in the department for being the man in form and should be the perfect opening partner for Jaiswal, as he is our undisputed skipper.
All-rounders: Holder, Tewatia, Abhishek- Holder has been in form in all the departments, while Tewatia has been delivering in the bowling. As for Abhishek, he is being expected to go big in all departments.
Bowlers: Rahman, Rashid (vc), Sakariya- Rashid is a no-brainer here for his reliable and lethal spin, making him the deputy skipper, while Rahaman and Saksriya have been nailing it with their pace of late.
Date and day: September 27, 2021 (Monday)
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Time: 7.30 PM (IST)
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi (Also available in HD, along with regional languages)
Where to watch (Online): Hotstar