Rajasthan Royals stand third in the league standings with 5 wins from 7 matches, though the team won only one match from their first three. But it picked up momentum, winning four on the trot and they defeated the KKR in their recent match, with 10-run edge.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad have only two wins from six matches they played and in their previous match at Bangalore, they had lost to the RCB in the 19th over when AB de Villiers’ stunning assault on Dale Steyn swung the match in favour of the home team.
Time: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8 pm IST
Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary, Nigel Llong, CK Nandan, Nitin Menon.
Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
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Rajasthan Royals have performed so far admirably with their captain Shane Watson stealing the show. The Aussie, who struck a 20-ball 31 to go with his 3/21 with the ball in the previous match, will try to do repeat hs magic at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.
Young player Karun Nair has shown promise and Ajinkya Rahane has been fairly consistent. For the bowlers, there are Sanju Samson and Steven Smith and 42-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, who continues to catch attention with his good performance against KKR.
Even with the ball, Besides Watson, Tim Southee and James Faulkner are there to bowl for Rajasthan, who had stopped KKR, cruising along at 121 for one, to 123 for six and eventually taking away the game.
The common element in the Sunrisers’ two wins so far has been their batsmen scoring more runs while their bowlers restrict their opponents. With Aaron Finch and David Warner playing crucial roles in the SRH, their captain Shikhar Dhawan too had a good hit in the previous match.
Warner prefers to build an innings before pulling out the powerful strokes and that strategy has worked well for him in the last two matches and he may repeat the same. Dhawan also has the aggressive Aaron Finch for company and if the duo gets going, it will be good to begin the batting.
The in-form David Warner lends in the middle-order, all-rounder Darren Sammy following him in the batting order, pacer Dale Steyn will lead the attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma playing the support role. Sammy and Irfan Pathan are the other two medium pacers, while Karn Sharma will take charge of the spin department.
The Rajasthan Royals have won three of their four matches against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Incidentally, all three of the Rajasthan Royals’ wins have been in run-chases.
In their seven innings so far this season, Rajasthan Royals have had five different players who have been innings top-scorers.
Rajasthan Royals have an impressive record in run-chases. They’ve won 33 of their 51 run-chases in the IPL.
Prediction: RR may win but SRH will make it tough though.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Dale Steyn, David Warner, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Brendan Taylor, Moises Henriques, Venugopala Rao, Jason Holder, S Aniruddha, Manprit Juneja, KL Rahul, Amit Paunikar, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Ashish Reddy, Chama Milind, Parveez Rasool, Prashanth Parameshwaran, Karn Sharma.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Ankush Bains, Vikramjeet Malik, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Deepak Hooda, Rajat Bhatia, Kevon Cooper, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe, Karun Nair, Dishant Yagnik.