All eyes will be on Sunrisers Hyderabad, with David Warner out of the 11th edition of the IPL. He along with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft has been banned for ball tampering in the third test match against South Africa. This will prove to be tough for the Sunrisers as Warner was the side’s captain and also one of the best batsmen the team has. Of course, the team has already named Kane Williamson as the new captain. This has added more thrill to the Sunrisers vs Rajasthan Royals game to be played on April 9, 2018.
|Match||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, 4th Match|
|Date||Monday, April 09, 2018 at 8:00 PM ( 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL )|
|Venue||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad|
|Weather Forecast||Partly Cloudy|
Sunrisers have a success rate of 42.85% against Rajasthan Royals, and the Rajasthan side has a success rate of 57.15% against the Sunrisers. So, taking this rate into consideration and no Warner and Dhawan opening the batting for Hyderabad, the odds are against the side.
Dhawan will now have to open with a new batsman, most probably Manish Pandey, who did well in the previous IPL edition playing for KKR. However, Pandey plays his best at number three and becoming an opener may not be the ideal position for him.
Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, R. Khan, S. Al Hasan, and B. Kumar are the players to watch out for in the Hyderabad side. Rajasthan Royals are battling their own problems with Ben Stokes having a legal problem in England and Steve Smith out of the IPL due to his recent ban. That means the responsibility to perform now rests on the shoulders of Ajinkya Rahane, R. Tripathi, J. Butler, and S. Samson.
With Sunrisers facing a major problem with the absence of Warner, it will affect their performance. So, it looks like Rajasthan Royals, who are back after serving their two-year ban, will have an edge during this match. However, when you compare the teams, Sunrisers once again come up on the top because of the team composition.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have Yusuf Pathan, Shikhar Dhawan and Shakib Al Hasan
Kane Williamson is a good player and is the right choice as a captain
Manish Pandey, R. Khan and Bhuvie will come through and perform well