Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (RR vs SRH)
Date:October 22, 2020
Venue: Dubai Cricket Stadium – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The business end of IPL 2020 is upon us, and each game will be of vital importance henceforth. RR and SRH both need to win their remaining games, if they have any hopes of qualifying for the next stage. RR won their last game against Chennai Super Kings but they have a number of issues to resolve. Their batting has lacked the sting, and the bowling is heavily reliant on Jofra Archer.
SRH, too, are in a must-win position but they have to sort out their batting muddle. The batting is too dependent on David Warner and Kane Williamson, while Jonny Bairstow is yet to fire. The bowling has been effective in phases but the unit is inexperienced, barring Rashid Khan. The middle order has blown hot and cold, with Manish Pandey and Priyam Garg not at their consistent best.
Overall, both sides are on par with each other, but we expect RR to edge through.
The weather in Dubai will be hot and humid with temperatures hovering around the 38-degree mark.
The wicket in Dubai was a bat first track in the first half of IPL 2020, but teams that have been chasing here are getting help of late. There is dew to be found in the second half, and teams should target a total of around 180.
The teams that won the toss earlier in Dubai would bat first, but with dew around, batting second has become the norm. We expect teams to chase if they win the toss.
RR Expected XI and Team News
Rajasthan Royals will enter the game on the back of a convincing win against CSK, and they are unlikely to make any changes. Jos Buttler, at number five, returned to form in the match, and he might continue batting lower down the order.
Steven Smith: The RR skipper has not had the best season thus far with two fifties, but is crucial to his team’s chances. He will be expected to anchor the innings, so players such as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes can play their natural game.
Jos Buttler: The wicket-keeper scored a quick fifty against CSK and will be brimming with confidence. He is one of the most dangerous players on his day, and will be hoping to replicate
Robin Uthappa, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
SRH Expected XI and Team News
SRH have made a number of changes to their XI, but not many combinations have workd. They might make at least three changes for their upcoming clash against RR. Vijay Shankar and Basil Thampi are likely to be dropped for Virat Singh and Khaleel Ahmed. Kane Williamson was injured in the last game, and if he is not fit, Mohammad Nabi might make the XI.
David Warner: The SRH skipper scored a fine 47 in the game against KKR, though his efforts went in vain. He is the leading run-scorer in the team and will hope to play a captain’s knock yet again.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan spinner has been in terrific form and will have a huge role in the middle overs.
David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson/Mohammed Nabi, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed/Basil Thampi, T Natarajan
Head to head record of RR vs SRH:
The two teams have met each other 12 times in the history of the IPL, and have won an equal number of games, with 6 victories each. RR had defeated SRH when the two sides had met earlier in this edition in a tight run chase of 159.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for RR vs SRH:
WK: Jos Buttler struck a fine fifty in the last game, and will be eager to get another big knock after a few quiet games. He is a dangerous white-ball cricketer for England and will be eager to give his team a good score here.
Batsmen: Steven Smith has two fifties in the IPL 2020 thus far, and though he has not been at his fluent best of late, he is a match-winner and can never be written off. Riyan Parag is a crucial player in the middle order, while David Warner has been giving his team steady starts. Manish Pandey has played a couple of good hands and will want to continue his form.
All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia has been the X-factor in the RR team this year. He has been lethal with the bat in the death overs and can also bowl economically in the middle overs. Ben Stokes is one of the best all-rounders currently, and will want to play a match-winning hand.
Bowlers: Jofra Archer has been among the wickets, and is lethal with both the new ball and at the death. Rashid Khan is the key in the middle overs, while the duo of Sandeep Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed can trouble batters with their swinging deliveries and variations.
Captain and VC: Jos Buttler and David Warner
Match Prediction for RR vs SRH:
Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad are both struggling this season, but the RR team looks a more balanced unit. SRH might be without Kane Williamson for this game, which further puts them under pressure. Their middle order has lacked the sting this season, and RR will look to exploit that.
Rajasthan Royals are the favourites to win.
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