The 28th match of Indian Premier League 2018 will see Rajasthan Royals host Sunrisers Hyderabad in what could be an epic battle between bat and ball. With five wins in seven, SRH have dismantled teams with their impeccable bowling unit and RR would be up against a humongous challenge in Jaipur.
Four points separate the two sides – the visitors are on the second spot with 10 points while the hosts at fifth with six points. A win for RR would propel them into the top four, on the other hand, an SRH win would see them soar to the top of the points table.
Date: 29th April, 2018
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Time: 4.00 PM IST
If Rajasthan Royals bat first
Predicted score – 150+
The Rajasthan Royals batting unit has majorly revolved around the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson, who have added almost 400 runs together in six matches. Rahul Tripathi, who was batting lower down the order earlier in the tournament, will open the innings with Rahane.
The skipper, seemingly, has added another dimension to his batting in the tournament and a disappointing performance against Mumbai Indians will only spur him on. Samson, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler would probably play the most important of roles for RR and if the hosts are to get anything in the vicinity of 160, one of these three will have to fire.
K Gowtham, lower down the order, would have to add those extra 15-20 runs, and swiftly. His 11-ball-33 knock against MI was what took the game away from Rohit Sharma’s side. Keeping SRH’s bowling prowess in mind, if RR manage to cross the 150-mark, they’d consider that a fighting total.
If Sunrisers Hyderabad bat first
Predicted Score: 150+
While bowling has been SRH’s strength, their batting has left them in a spot of bother quite a few times already this season. Today as well, if the team from Hyderabad are to climb atop the table, they would want their batting line-up, which has had scores of 118 and 132 to show for in their last two encounters, to finally come good.
Shikhar Dhawan was SRH’s best bet with the bat in their first two matches, however, the southpaw hasn’t been able to get going since. In Jaipur, Dhawan would love to rediscover his lost mojo and along with skipper Kane Williamson, who has proved all his doubters wrong with one strong knock after another, would form the most crucial part of their batting.
Manish Pandey played a gritty 54-run knock against Kings XI and an encore wouldn’t do SRH any harm. As the Hyderabad-based team don’t bat deep, a lot would depend on these three batsmen.
All-rounders Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan and Mohammad Nabi would want to play a considerable role with the willow as well and help SRH scale Mount RR.
The bowling line-up that SRH boast of is, unarguably, the best in the IPL and any batting unit would have a tough time tackling them. Today if RR are to have any chance of toppling the visitors, they’ll have to play out of their skins and ensure a target in excess of 150 is posted.
RR’s bowling line-up, on the other hand, with the addition of Jofra Archer looks potent as well and the team which manages to click with the bat will take the cake today in Jaipur. Expect a low-scoring thriller.