SRH eye another good show vs listless RR
Dubai: The David Warner-led SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) will aim to keep their good show going when they take on an out-of-form Rajasthan Royals (RR), who have suffered a string of defeats, in the 26th match of the IPL here on Sunday.
The 'Orange Army' will aim to replicate their performance of the previous match in which they hammered Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs at the same venue, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
RR had started the proceedings well but their campaign looks to be getting off the track as the Steve Smith-led side has failed to be consistent. Even their star players are out of form and are unable to fire as they did during the early days of the 2020 season.
RR, however, would be a bit relieved with the coming back of one of their most experienced all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has now completed his mandatory six-day quarantine period and would likely hit the ground running on Sunday.
If Stokes gets a game on Sunday, it would undeniably not just strengthen their middle-order but will also boost their bowling attack. Stokes, along with Jofra Archer could be a nightmare for the opposition batsmen.
However, the other RR players also need to equally step up especially Smith, Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler, who have not been consistent enough barring few occasions.
In their game against Delhi Capitals (DC) in Sharjah, which has been a batting paradise, the RR bowlers were quite decent as they restricted their opponents to a moderate total.
On the other side, SRH lost the services of their most lethal weapon -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
While Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan and Khaleel Ahmed have shared the pace workload quite effectively, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has impeccably led the entire bowling attack with his vast experience.
Warner and Bairstow would once again be expected to repeat the show against RR as they did against Punjab, giving flying start to their side. If the duo once again gets going, it would surely lay the foundation of a massive total.
In the middle-order, SRH have one of the most experienced batters of modern day cricket - Kane Williamson, who however, needs to raise the bar.
SunRisers Hyderabad Squad:
David Warner (Captain), Jonny Bairstow, 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
Rajasthan Royals Squad:
Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (Captain), 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 (Playing XI):
David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI):
Jos Buttler(w), Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith(c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Varun Aaron
SRH - 23/1 (5 overs)
After a slow start, Bairstow tried to put his foot on the pedal. However, he was caught in the deep by Sanju Samson. The young Kartik Tyagi - who according to Ben Stokes 'has a run-up like Brett Lee and delivers like Ishant Sharma' - picked up the wicket.
SRH - 63/1 (10 overs)
SRH skipper David Warner is all set to put on a big score. With the experienced Manish Pandey, the duo is setting up a platform for the lower order.
SRH - 96/2 (15 overs)
Jofra Archer cleans up David Warner and now Kane Williamson walks in the middle. Warner made 48 (38 balls). With Manish Pandey striking some good shots, SRH looks for a final flourish.
SRH - 158/4 (20 overs), RR needs 159 to win
Rajasthan are set to chase again. But, Steve Smith's side is having trouble in that end as three of their previous chases were rendered unsuccessful with the side getting all out under the 140-run mark.
This time, the target is fairly easy compared to the previous ones. But as we know, Rajasthan is facing the middle-order crisis. The inaugural champions need to be stable in the top and make sure not to give away wickets easily as they did in their previous encounters.
Fans will hope for their skipper Smith to play the captain's innings, which has been missing for the last four games. Sanju Samson will also be looking to perform after four matches of getting dismissed under the 10-run mark.
The chase begins!
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are at the crease. Stokes is on strike. Sandeep Sharma will open the attack for SRH!
RR - 36/3 (5 overs)
Another disappointing performance from Rajasthan's top-order. Ben Stokes can be excused as it is his first match after quarantine, but skipper Smith once again failed to perform.
Now, it is up to Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa to carry their side and complete the chase.
Rajasthan Royals defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets!
A late onslaught by Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag guided Rajasthan Royals to a five-wicket win over SunRisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Stadium here on Sunday.
Rajasthan were required eight runs in the last over. Khaleel Ahmed bowled the final over of the game but failed to put his side over the line.
Chasing a moderate target of 159, Rajasthan had the worst possible start as they lost three early wickets in the powerplay. Ben Stokes, playing his first game of the season, was promoted up in the order and started opening along with Jos Buttler.
Stokes (5) failed to impress with the bat as was played on off Khaleel Ahmed in the second over. Skipper Steve Smith joined Buttler in the middle but the former departed after scoring five runs in the fourth over.
While taking a double Smith fell short of his crease despite the desperate dive.
In the next over, Buttler (16) was caught behind the stumps by Jonny Bairstow off Ahmed. Royals were at 36/3 in six overs. Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson then stitched the much-needed partnership of 37-run for the fourth wicket before Rashid Khan scalped the former in the 10th over.
Uthappa scored 18 off 115 balls. Riyan Parag joined Samson in the middle and had a brief stand of 15-run for the fifth wicket. Rashid provided another breakthrough for his side as he departed Samson (26) in the 12th over.
Rahul Tweatia and Parag played cautiously first and then changed gear in the last five overs. The duo started taking on Hyderabad bowlers from 17th over as they scored 18 off it. In the next over, Tewatia added 14 runs off Rashid.
The duo added a massive 85-run match-winning stand for the side. Tewatia scored 45 off 28 while Parag smashed 42 including two sixes.
For Hyderabad, Rashid Khan, and Khaleel Ahmed scalped two wickets each.
Earlier, skipper David Warner and Manish Pandey's knocks guided Hyderabad to 159/4 in their 20 overs. Warner scored 48 runs while Pandey amassed 54 runs.
Meanwhile, Pandey completed his 3,000 runs in the IPL. Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson also did his bit as he played a cameo towards the end with an unbeaten 22 off 12 balls that included two sixes.
With Pandey getting out in the 18th over, it was crucial for Williamson to ensure that SRH finish well.
For RR, it was again Jofra Archer who was the pick of the bowlers as he mixed his pace with variations to end with 1/25 from his four overs. He was ably supported by Jaydev Unadkat as he finished with 1/31 from his quota of four overs.
Brief scores: SunRisers Hyderabad 159/4 (David Warner 48, Manish Pandey 54, Jofra Archer 1-25) lost to Rajasthan Royals 163/5 (Rahul Tewatia 45*, Riyan Parag 42*, Rashid Khan 2-25,).