IPL 2018 – Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Preview

When? Sunday 29th April, 11:30 (UK)

Where? Sawai Mansingh Stadium

Weather? 28-43c clear skies 15% humidity

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD: All-time meetings: Rajasthan Royals W4, Sunrisers Hyderabad W4

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Coach: Paddy Upton

Captain: Ajinkya Rahane

  • Rajasthan claimed a hard fought victory against the Mumbai Indians last time out after being set 167 for victory and Rajasthan were cruising at 3/125 before losing three wickets without the addition of a run. Krishnappa Gowtham them produced a stunning cameo of 33 from just 11 balls to see Rajasthan claim their third win and breathe some life into their campaign.
  • Jofra Archer returned from injury in astonishing form as the fast bowler who dominated the BBL produced a magical bowling spell where he claimed 3/22 and was the key in his team restricting Mumbai to 167.
  • It is a shock that D’Arcy Short is yet to come back into the starting XI and the continued failures of Rahul Tripathi (75 runs from six matches) may see the return of the big-hitting Australian. Henrich Klassen has also failed in both of his matches and may also be on the chopping block.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • Yet another amazing bowling performance from Sunrisers Hyderabad saw them claim victory over the rampant Kings XI. After setting just 132 for victory many thought the firepower of Punjab would make light work of the small total. However the bowling unit led once again by Rashid Khan (3/19) kept the Kings XI to just 112.
  • This is the second match in a row that Sunrisers Hyderabad have defended an extremely low total and SRH have actually held their opposition to under 150 in five of their seven matches and not one single bowler for Hyderabad has a tournament economy rate over 10 runs per over.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar could return for SRH but after another good bowling performance, coach Tom Moody may be reluctant to make many significant changes so expect an unchanged starting line-up.

PREDICTION

Although disappointing so far, Rajasthan can still see themselves in finals contention with a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad thanks to Kolkata’s shock loss to Delhi. For the Sunrisers, they have found their form in their previous two matches after a couple hiccups. Rajasthan have been up and down so far and will require some big innings from key players to expose the Sunrisers apparent weakness of chasing large totals. We have seen some shock upsets in the last couple of rounds so no team can be taken lightly but based on current form, but expect Sunrisers Hyderabad to continue their winning ways and replicate their victory against Rajasthan from round one of IPL 2018.