RR vs SRH IPL 2021 Preview: Bottom-placed teams struggle to avoid wooden spoon
Sunrisers Hyderabad are reeling with just one victory from six matches.
SRH gasp for breath
Sunrisers Hyderabad can't seem to get anything right at the moment. Whatever they opt for, turns against them.
In SRH's last match against Chennai Super Kings, the team won the toss and decided to bat first, something they had barely done in the tournament till then. The reasoning of captain David Warner was that they just wanted to change things around.
However, despite Hyderabad not losing a lot of wickets, the team struggled to up the ante and was 128 for one after 17 overs. Although Warner scored a half-century, he did it at run a ball which did not help the team's cause.
Hyderabad sweat over Bhuvi, Samad's fitness
Manish Pandey was brought back into the playing XI in place of Virat Singh and delivered right away, smashing 61 off 46 deliveries, at a strike rate of 132. Kane Williamson did his best with a 10-ball 26 but Hyderabad managed 171, which was just about par total.
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan unfit, their bowling is not in its best shape as Rashid Khan is having to do all the heavy-lifting. Jagadeesha Suchith went at 15 RPO and is likely to get the axe.
Hyderabad will desperately hope that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Abdul Samad are back to full fitness.
RR short on resources
Although Rajasthan Royals have two victories and in turn, two more points than the bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad, they are in the same boat as SRH.
Rajasthan Royals are missing the services of four overseas players in Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone and Andrew Tye who are either injured or unavailable. They have roped in Rassie van der Dussen but he is unlikely to get a look-in in this match.
Rajasthan show glimpses
Yashasvi Jaiswal has impressed in his two outings in the tournament. Shivam Dube and Sanju Samson also looked good against Mumbai Indians. With Jos Buttler also showing signs of returning to form in the last match, things might just be beginning to come together for Rajasthan.
Chris Morris has emerged as their leading bowler and if he can find the support of Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya, this can turn out to be a hard-fought contest.
All in all, both teams are really struggling, but Hyderabad's struggles have gone to the next level. Despite the absence of some key personnel, Rajasthan are better placed to emerge victorious in this match.
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Sunrisers Hyderabad - David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma/Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed
Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
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