All-time meetings: Sunrisers Hyderabad W5, Rajasthan Royals W4 Last meeting: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 11 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Tom Moody
Captain: Kane Williamson
Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a losing start against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday as they managed to concede 53 runs in the final three overs against an inspired Andre Russell to lose by six wickets so they will be keen to bounce back here.
The pitch played well in that opening match to suit the batsmen so they will be looking to build a big score if they bat first and they are boosted by the return of skipper Kane Williamson who missed the first match with a shoulder problem but he has been passed fit and he should start.
He will strengthen the batting line-up significantly but they are left with the dilemma of who makes way as Jonny Bairstow was solid in his opening match so it could mean Shakib Al Hasan makes way but it will need a re-jig to the side rather than being a straight swap.
Coach: Paddy Upton
Captain: Ajinkya Rahane
Rajasthan Royals also lost their first match in a game that will be remembered for years to come for the incident that led to Jos Buttler’s run-out at the non-strikers’ end when Ravi Ashwin caught him out of his crease and that sparked a dramatic collapse as they fell from 108/1 to 170/9 which was 14 runs short against Kings XI Punjab.
They will have to brush that incident off quickly coming into this match and Jos Buttler especially will aim to use that incident as motivation for this game and the rest of the tournament as he looked in excellent nick in that opening match.
The Royals are unlikely to make any major alterations to their team but they may change their batting order with Rahul Tripathi moving up potentially while they will expect an improvement from Stokes and Unadkat whose seven overs combined went for 92 runs.
After defeats in their opening matches for both of these teams, they will be keen to get a win here and kick-start their IPL 2019 campaign. The Sunrisers can welcome Kane Williamson into their side which is a major boost to the batting and from a leadership perspective too. Their bowling unit remains arguably the strongest in the competition and they will look to improve here. The Royals have plenty of talent but the question marks remain over whether they can find the winning formula and the dramatic loss in the first game will not help. The hosts are favoured to get the win here.
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