IPL 2021 – Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad taking place? Sunday 2nd May, 2021 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad taking place? Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Where can I get tickets for Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad? IPL 2021 matches will initially be played without spectators but visit the official IPL website for any further updates

What channel is Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad on? Sky Sports will be televising this match

Where can I stream Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live vis the Sky Go website or app

THE TEAM NEWS

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

  • It continues to be a difficult IPL campaign for the Rajasthan Royals who sit second from bottom in the ladder after they were comprehensively beaten by the Mumbai Indians on Thursday by seven wickets.
  • There were some positive signs for their batting at the very least in that game as Jos Buttler smashed 41 which was just the second time he has reached double figures in his last five innings and their top four batsmen all contributed to a reasonable total of 171/4.
  • The team has been pretty settled on the whole and opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal looks to be making a solid claim to partner Buttler thanks to innings of 22 and 32 in his two appearances so far so an unchanged line-up is expected.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad sit rock bottom of the ladder with just two points from six matches played and the pressure on every game is mounting now as they simply have to start winning if they are to avoid drifting out of contention early.
  • They come off a fifth defeat in six games and while they posted a competitive score of 171/3, it was skipper David Warner that was under the spotlight for his laboured 57 runs that came off 55 balls and the pressure is on him to score at a quicker rate.
  • Their struggles are highlighted by the fact they have used 21 different players in the tournament so far but they will likely make just the one change here and that is contingent on Bhuvneshwar Kumar returning from injury as they have desperately missed him.

THE PREDICTION

The clash between the bottom two teams in the IPL ladder has plenty riding on it and arguably it is greater on the Sunrisers who risk falling adrift of the pack above. They have struggled this campaign but there have been some bright spots in recent performances. The Royals have problems of their own and look highly unlikely to come close to challenging for the knockout spots but if they are to push for those places, this is must-win for them too. This game could very well come down to the star players and who can produce a matchwinning performance. The Sunrisers have the edge in overseas stars but the Royals have the greater depth due to a better group of domestic players. The likes of Warner, Bairstow, Williamson and Rashid Khan are looking dangerous and they may well click into gear against the average Royals. Ultimately though, the greater balance in the Royals team should make the difference and they are marginally preferred with no real confidence.

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