The 40th match of IPL 13 will be played between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rajasthan vs Hyderabad) on Thursday. For both teams, this match is going to prove to be ‘do or die’. Now all the matches are going on for the play off Matches, so now the battle has become even more difficult.
Young players must understand responsibility
Priyam Garg and Abdul Samad of Sunrisers or Karthik Tyagi and Ryan Parag of Royals, there is additional pressure on the young players of both the teams to not perform as expected by senior players. The Sunrisers are second from bottom in the points table of eight teams and the team has just six points from nine matches.
Sunrisers will have to win all matches
After a big win against Chennai Super Kings in the last match, the Royals team is one place ahead of them and has eight points. The Sunrisers will have to win the remaining five matches to keep their hopes of a play-off, while the Royals will want to maintain the winning momentum and the team will be hoping that their foreign players will be in this match like the previous match against the Superkings Will perform well
Royals return after two defeats
The IPL is moving towards its final stage and in such a situation the path of both the teams will not be easy and both teams know that they are not in a position to lax. The Royals have bounced back after two big defeats and will be the winning contenders against the Sunrisers who had to face defeat in their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Super Over. Jofra Archer is leading the Royals’ bowling attack while the spin duo of Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia performed brilliantly in the middle overs against the Superkings and captain Steve Smith will expect another good performance from his bowlers on Thursday.
High expectations from Jose Butler and Ben Stokes
Against the Superkings, Jos Buttler performed brilliantly with the bat, allowing Smith to play without any pressure, but the Royals would need partnerships. All-rounder Ben Stokes is yet to perform as expected, while Robin Uthappa is proving to be the weakest link in the team. In such a situation, Smith might consider giving a chance to Manan Vohra of Punjab. The form of Sanju Samson is also a matter of concern for the team, who started the tournament with two consecutive half-centuries.
Lost in superover
On the other hand, it remains to be seen whether the Sunrisers team have recovered from the Super Over defeat against Knight Riders on Sunday. David Warner’s team will certainly be saddened by this defeat but the team will have to overcome it as soon as possible and will have to change their strategy to stay in the competition.
Injury major problem for Hyderabad
The Sunrisers team is in a dilemma as to whether to strengthen their batting or bowling and captain Warner has also accepted the fact that fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh have been ruled out due to injuries. The team is heavily reliant on its batsmen, especially the top four batsmen including Johnny Bairstow, Warner, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson. Captain Warner will hope that both the batsman and the bowler perform better so that the team remains in the tournament.
Expected Playing XI
Rajasthan Royals: Jose Butler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Karthik Tyagi, Steven Smith (captain), Ankit Rajput, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Ryan Parag, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa, and Jofra Archer.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (Captain), Johnny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Khalil Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.