In a must-win game, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will square off against each other in an Indian Premier League match on Thursday at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both the teams are languishing in the bottom half of the table and another defeat will almost end their chances of making it to the playoffs of the tournament.
Rajasthan will be entering the game on the back of a comprehensive victory against Chennai Super Kings. Jos Buttler’s presence in the team has strengthened the side and the Englishman will be expected to continue with the form in the crucial game. Steve Smith and Jofra Archer too will be key for the Royals in today’s game. The team will be hoping to get a good start from openers Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes in a bid to put up a good score, or chase down the total depending upon the situation.
Sunrisers suffer from middle order woes and are highly dependent on their openers, a weakness Royals would be looking to exploit in today’s match. It would be interesting to see how Hyderabad handle Jofra Archer’s pace in today’s game. In the bowling department, Warner’s team would be expecting Rashid Khan to bowl a good spell to settle the likes of Smith, Uthappa and Stoke.
Take a look at the squads!
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (C), Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, B Sandeep, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi.
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Time: 7: 30 PM IST