RR vs SRH Preview: The Sportsrush presents before you full preview of the 45th match of IPL 2019 between Rajasthan and Hyderabad.
The Rajasthan Royals will take on the Sunrisers Hyderbad in an all-important encounter at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Both the teams need to win this match in order to better their chances of making it to the playoffs. Both the teams have been bereft of their English players and it will be interesting to see how they manage to build a new team combination.
Rajasthan Royals have won 2 of their last 3 matches and are looking in decent form since Smith took over the captaincy. Rahane has also looked a better batsman ever since he has been relieved of captaincy duties. However, they need to find the best combination considering 3 of their most important players have bid goodbye to IPL 2019.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have also managed to win 2 of their last 3 matches but are coming off a loss against CSK. They need to win this one and take the momentum with them in the final stages of the IPL 2019. Their middle order has finally looked good after Manish Pandey played a great innings in the last match. Bowlers are, as usual, in top form.
Rajasthan Royals will have to make quite a few changes for this match. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes are on their way back to the UK. It is expected that Liam Livingstone, the English all-rounder and Ish Sodhi, the Kiwi spinner will replace the departing Royals. The 4 overseas players are likely to comprise of Smith, Livingstone, Sodhi and Oshane.
It’s the last home game of #VIVOIPL2019! Royals, time to sign off from the SMS in style!
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 26, 2019
Sunrisers would look to make a couple of changes to their team as well. With Bairstow on his way back, Kane Williamson should be back in the squad and will probably open the innings with Warner.
Either Deepak Hooda or Yusuf Pathan would need to make way for Wriddhiman Saha who will be keeping the wickets as well.
PITCH AND WEATHER PREDICTION
The Sawai Mansingh Stadium has more often than not, dished out a low and slow surface with plenty of assistance to the spinners. With an average score of 164 this year, we can expect a great game of cricket with scores ranging between 150 to 180 depending on the spinners’ performance.
A clear day and a clear night is forecasted with temperatures rising up to 36°C when the match starts. Dew might come into play considering the clear skies. With humidity at 15%, expect a dry weather at Jaipur as usual with no chances of rainfall at all.
Both the teams would want to bowl first and chase the targets considering that 5 of the 6 games here have been won by the team batting second. Dew will also be an important factor to consider.