SRH vs RR IPL 2021 Preview: 27th Sept - Bottom-placed Hyderabad, Rajasthan desperate for two vital points
Hyderabad are all but out of the playoffs race.
LIVE SCORES - Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals - Match 40
Hyderabad look to upset a few sides
Hyderabad have already lost eight of their nine matches and apart from some mathematical consolation, they don't have a realistic chance of making it to the playoffs anymore.
Generally, teams require a minimum of seven victories to make it to the top four at the end of the league stage. Hyderabad have five games still to go and even if they win all of those, they'll still end up with only six victories which in all probability will not be enough to take them through to the Eliminator.
The Kane Williamson led Hyderabad are hence in a position where they can upset several other teams and throw the points table into disarray.
RR still in the race
Rajasthan Royals are not doing that well either but given that they have four victories, the same as Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab kings and Mumbai Indians, they are still part of the middle table muddle.
Rajasthan made a couple of changes to the playing XI in their last encounter against Delhi Capitals. The team brought in left arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and middle order explosive batsman David Miller in place of Evin Lewis and Chris Morris.
Time to bring back Morris
While Morris looked completely out of sorts in Rajasthan's game against Punjab and was not able to land his yorkers, Lewis might be an injury concern. Shamsi was not able to make a mark in the clash against Delhi and ended up conceding 34 runs from his 4 overs without picking up a wicket.
The Kumar Sangakkara led Rajasthan management might give one more chance to Shamsi. However, the ideal thing for them would be to bring back Morris who is too good a player to be benched.
David Warner has come under the scanner after twin failures. He might get one more opportunity and if the southpaw fails to fire, Hyderabad might have to look towards Jason Roy in the absence of Jonny bairstow.
The trouble for Hyderabad has always been the same as they struggle to fit in overseas players with Rashid Khan, Jason Holder and captain Kane Williamson a lock-in. Hyderabad thus have only one slot left to fit in the likes of Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jason Roy and Mohammad Nabi.
It will certainly be a shame if Warner gets dropped given what he has done for the franchise over the years. However, this is professional sport and one more failure might see SRH snapping ties with Warner not only for this season but for the future as well, going into the mega auctions.
Predicted playing XIs
Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi/Chris Morris
Sunrisers Hyderabad - David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Kedar Jadhav, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
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