SRH vs RR: The remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 is currently underway in the United Arab Emirates. The fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League was initially being held in India from March to May 2021. However, the devastating second wave of the pandemic disrupted play across the country, and forced the Indian Premier League governing council and the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to suspend the tournament midway through it.
The second keg of the tournament is quite crucial as it shall finally decide who the winner of the tournament will be. This match between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Rajasthan Royals shall be the 40th match of the tournament. The match is scheduled to take place at the Dubai International Stadium at 07:30 pm of the Indian Standard Time on Monday, the 27th of September, 2021. Let us have a look at the further details of the match.
The Two Teams In The Tournament
The two teams are placed very differently in the tournament. Sunrisers Hyderabad now occupies the last place in the points table, after being able to secure victory in only one of the nine games it has played so far in the course of the tournament. It has lost eight of its nine games. On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals are slightly better placed than them. They currently occupy the sixth spot on the points table. It has won a total of four out of nine matches it has played, and has lost five.
Among the two teams, the Sunrisers Hyderabad do not have any chance of qualifying to the playoffs. On the other, there are still some chances for the Rajasthan Royals to qualify for the playoffs. Therefore, there are very high chances of this match becoming a tough contest, especially one in which both the teams will be trying their best to come up with something to prove themselves on the stage. While Sunrisers Hyderabad will try their best to save their reputation in this match, the Rajasthan Royals will be trying its best to win this and qualify for the playoffs. The stakes are thus quite high.
The two teams have their respective strengths and weaknesses. The Sunrisers Hyderabad is famed for having a strong bowling attack. However, its star-studded batting line-up has not been able to do much in this tournament. The likes of David Warner, Kane Williamson, and Manish Pandey have not been able to score very well throughout the course of these tournaments. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also been out of form and has been averaging 57 with the ball.
Rashid Khan and Jason Holder have been in good form among all the players of Sunrisers Hyderabad and both of them have been quite effective, the most in-form player of the opposing team – Sanju Samson. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals have been nursing the wounds of losing players like Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. Captain Sanju Samson has been in good form and has been averaging over 50 in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. Evin Lewis and Chris Morris are nursing injuries and therefore will not be available for play in this match. Tabriz Shamsi and David Miller have been replacing them in the squad this particular time.
SRH vs RR Probably Playing XIs
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (c), Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (w); Manish Pandey, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jagadish Suchith, Basil Thampi
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c, w), Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller; Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi; Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
SRH vs RR Pitch Report
There has been no official pitch report that has been made available. Generally, all the pitches that are made for T20 matches are known for being ones on which scoring is relatively easier. They are known for favouring bowlers less. However, as this progresses, there might be some help for the spinners. The climate will be hot and there are no chances of rain. As of recently, the two sides have played against each other for a total of 14 times. Out of all these matches, both have won seven matches each. Therefore, the records are quite evenly balanced. On the other hand; the Rajasthan Royals lead over the Sunrisers Hyderabad 2-1 out of three games that have been played in the United Arab Emirates.
Among the two teams, the chances of the Rajasthan Royals might seem marginally higher. Sunrisers Hyderabad though would still prefer to end their 2021 campaign on a winning note. It is difficult to actually predict who might win this time. But the huge number of fans of both the teams will surely remember this match and follow it as much as possible. Let us hope for some good cricket in this match.