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Toss Winner - Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat first
Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets
Must win game for Rajasthan Royals to aim playoff berth
Rajasthan Royals to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It will be a very important contest for the Rajasthan Royals as they play the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 40th game of Indian Premier League, 2021. The side comes here with a loss against the Delhi Capitals and needs to win this one to keep their hopes alive for the rest of the season. The Sunrisers Hyderabad went down against Punjab Kings in the last game making a mess of the chase.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad would be low on confidence after performing poorly in the last game. The side has won just one game this year and they are already out of contention for a place in the next round. It remains to be seen if the Sunrisers can get over the mental obstacle and defeat Rajasthan Royals in the next game.
Kane Williamson’s side doesn’t seem to have the confidence to win games. In one of the worst performances by the side ever they failed to chase a victory target of 126 runs in the last game against Punjab Kings losing by 5 runs. With one win in nine games, the side has a lot to catch up and Williamson would need to ignite a fire in the side to win this game.
David Warner will have to deliver as being one of the most important players in the line-up his poor form is hurting and set up a good partnership with Wriddhiman Saha. The middle-order is also looking fragile, and Williamson needs to set up partnerships with Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav. Jason Holder looks in good form must do well alongside Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan down the order.
Their bowlers did a good job in the last game, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar was expensive. He will have to strike early with Sandeep Sharma. Holder, Khaleel Ahmed, and Rashid Khan bowled well in the last game and similar lines would be expected from them. They would be up against a strong batting unit and must compensate for the poor form of their batsmen.
Top Batsman – David Warner
Top Bowler – Rashid Khan
Kane Williamson (c), David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, S Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, KS Williamson, WP Saha, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma
Sanju Samson would be upset with the performance of his batsmen in the last game against Delhi Capitals where they lost by 33 runs. Apart from Samson himself, no other batsmen in the top order occupied the crease for long leading to their defeat. The skipper would be aware of Sunrisers’ lack of confidence and shall look to exploit it.
The side would hope to see a steady start here from Liam Livingstone and Yashasvi Jaiswal as they didn’t trouble the scorers much in the last game. Sampson must play a solid innings here after his fighting knock in the last game and build partnerships with David Miller and Mahipal Lamror. In Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag the side has good hitters of the ball down the order.
Lamror and Mustafizur Rahman are in good form and the side would expect a good show from them in this game. Chetan Sakariya and Kartik Tyagi looked in poor form in the last game and the side would expect tighter spells from them. The presence of Tabraiz Shamsi is a force multiplier in these kinds of conditions.
Top Batsman – Sanju Samson
Top Bowler – Mustafizur Rahman
Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, R Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag
It would be hot and humid in Dubai on September 27 and we expect to see a flat surface where bowlers would have a tough time containing the batsman. The ball is expected to come onto the bat nicely. The side that bats first would need to target a score in the range of 180 runs to feel safe on this surface.
Dubai International Cricket Stadium is a large ground but that acts as no limitation for the batsmen and the fast outfield and flat wicket have resulted in big scores at the venue. It can give nightmares to the fast bowlers with nothing on the surface for them. Spinners have done well here in the past as the odd ball tends to turn sharply.
There have been high-scoring games at this venue in the past and batsmen have enjoyed batting on this surface. Big scores have been chased on this surface easily in the last few years. The side winning the toss in this game should have little hesitation in opting to bowl.
Sunrisers Hyderabad doesn’t seem to be in the right frame, and this was reflected in the way the side chocked under pressure in the last game. Their batting is looking shaky, and this is something the side would have to work on to defeat their opponents. The Rajasthan Royals are looking better despite their struggles, and they would start slightly ahead of Hyderabad in this game.
Rajasthan Royals to win
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