IPL 2019 SRH vs RR match preview : Key players and battle points

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IPL 2019 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals Preview Highlights

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals will wrap up the second round of the group stage matches on March 29, Friday
  • The match will take place at 8:00pm with toss slated for 7:30pm and will be shown on Star Sports 1,Hindi/HD in both English and Hindi commentary
  • Both the sides had buckled under pressure, handing over wins to their opposition in the opening encounter after throwing away their respective matches from winning positions
    Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan Royals Preview

IPL 2019 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals Preview

With their first match defeat in the Indian Premier League coming around in extremely derogatory and languishing manner, the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals will be looking to outdo each other come this Friday. After what was meant to be a  win saw both the franchisees end up on the wrong side of the result to leave an unsavoury taste in the mouth, the second round of fixtures in the group stage will see each other give it their all on March 29.

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The opening matches couldn’t have turned out to be more calamitous for both SRH and RR. Sitting pretty against KKR, SRH’s renowned bowling unit sprayed the ball all around the park, buckling under Russell’s hitting to concede what was a certain victory for them. Elsewhere in Jaipur, hosts Rajasthan failed a similar outcome, leaving only themselves to blame after a contentious batting collapse saw them lose 7 wickets for 19 runs to falter in what was a comfortable chase for them till the 17th over.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan Royals Preview

Going into the encounter, it’s SRH who go into the match as the marginally favoured side. Despite missing out on the services of Kane Williamson for a second mach in a row owing to an injury he sustained playing for his country against Bangladesh recently, Warner’s half-century means the side can compensate for Williamson’s loss at the top of the order.

The match is not just a chance for either side to put some much needed breathing space between themselves and their counterparts but also has a different storyline with the return of Warner and Smith to the tournament. The maligned Australian batsmen who were banned from all formats of cricket from a year after indulging in the irresponsible act of ball tampering are back to represent their respective outfits in the form of SRH and RR and their performances will be closely examined on the day especially with a berth in the Australian world cup squad on the line for both.

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Key Battle

SRH’s Middle-Order Vs Rajasthan’s Thin Bowling Unit

Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan Royals Preview

Showing why making him one of the costliest buys for a second time in the league was much a mistake, Unadkat was all over the surface in the series opener. Along with his dwindling display, Archer and Aaron are names who languished as well, players who are hardly known for taking the onus on themselves of turning the match.

SRH don’t have the best of middle-order and with Williamson out for their first three matches, it’s filled with names who are yet to establish their credentials on a consistent basis. Although they won’t face the stringiest of challenges against RR, the tourists know they can limit the opposition if they bowl wicket to wicket.

Turner is an addition that RR should be looking to incur in their unit. He’s a player who has played in Indian conditions recently and can help add a spinning option to the Royals attack along with strengthening their lower middle-order.

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SRH’s Bowling Vs RR’s Batting Line-Up

Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan Royals Preview

Filled with players who can turn the match around on its head single-handidly, the depth in the Royals unit is what makes them such a tough prospective to negotiate around. Butler, Smith, Bairstow and Rahane against what is an exuberant bowling attack consisting of Bhuvneshwar and Rashid will be the key battle to watch out for and one that will ultimately decide who comes out of this match as the winner.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan Royals Preview RCB

SRH: Kane Williamson (C), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill

RR: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi,  Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror  Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Riyan Parag, Manan Vohra, Shubham Ranjane

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