RR vs SRH: 3 teams are tied at 8 points, 2 teams at 10, 2 at 14 & Chennai Super Kings have a two-point lead at 16. RR have won their 3 off their last 5 games while SRH have won 5 out of 10. The Orange army travel to the pink city of Jaipur where they’d like to strengthen their position on an extremely tight points table. They were beaten in their previous game against CSK & they take on a confident RR legion who seem to have gotten back to winning ways under Steve Smith.
A lot of big names will not feature in this fixture. Rajasthan Royals will be without Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer & Ben Stokes who’ve returned to England for international duties. Jonny Bairstow has gone back to his country & SRH will miss his incredible ball-striking form. Can the two teams make it to the playoffs?
RR HAVE TO WIN ALL 3
The points table has sprung to life out of nowhere. RR are winning games, RCB have won their last 3 matches & KKR just can’t win games. The Royals are still in contention to qualify for the playoffs but they’ve got to win their remaining fixtures with good margins. Talking about margins, RR have got zero margins for error. A defeat in tomorrow’s fixture will put an end to their IPL 2019 journey. The Jaipur-based franchise face SRH, RCB & DC in the remainder of their games & they’ll certainly fancy their chances of accumulating 14 points. They’ve got able replacements in Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone & Ish Sodhi. Can RR achieve the unfathomable?
THE MIDDLE ORDER HAS TO CONTRIBUTE
Manish Pandey’s return to form was a breath of fresh air for the Orange Army. The stylish right-hander batted beautifully for his 83* off 49 deliveries. Kane Williamson will open the innings with David Warner. The left-hand right-hand combination will still remain intact. The likes of Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan & Deepak Hooda will have to take more responsibility. The SRH middle order has barely scored runs this season. They’ve played one match less than the other teams & a win at RR’s fortress will be a mean task but not an impossible one. Who’ll rise higher for the Sunrisers?
WHERE: The Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
WHEN: 27th April 2019
KICK-OFF TIME: 4:00 PM IST
Sanju Samson scored a magnificent hundred at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, the last time these two teams met. SRH retaliated strongly, crossing the victory line with an over to spare. David Warner & Bairstow out 110 in 9.4 overs & SRH chased down 198 with extreme ease. SRH have also won the last 4 games between these two teams & lead the H2H contest by 6-4. At Jaipur, the teams have met only twice sharing one victory each. Who’ll win the toss & what should the winning skipper do?
Total matches played at the venue: 46
Games won batting 1st: 15
Matches won batting 2nd: 31
Average 1st innings score: 157
The boundaries are decently sized & with some big hitters out of this game, the onus of scoring big will rely on the Indian domestic cricketers. How much do you think is a par score at this venue?
Sreevats Goswami or Wriddhiman Saha are the likely replacements for Bairstow. Nabi, Deepak Hooda & Yusuf Pathan are also possible options.
Rajasthan will miss 3 superstars but they’ve got the bowling department more or less covered. Oshane Thomas will steam in again & Varun Aaron after an impressive 2/20 will share the new ball with Thomas.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas/Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat
Kane Williamson(c), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami/Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Deepak Hooda/Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma/Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for RR to win the match.
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