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IPL 2019, Match 45- RR Vs SRH, Preview: Selection Dilemmas In Focus As Royals Get Ready To Host SRH

In the 45th match of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be battling out with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 27. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results in their respective previous outings. In the first bout between these two teams earlier in the tournament, hosts Hyderabad registered a comprehensive 5-wicket victory over the inaugural IPL champions.

RR’s backstory

The Steve Smith-led team will be entering this match after completing a sensational three-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the last outing. With this victory, the 2008 champions also somehow managed to keep their playoffs hopes very much alive and kicking. However, in order to retain these hopes further, the RR team management still needs to do a lot of work to settle out their batting woes. But the biggest concern for them is the absence of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, who have returned home due to international commitments.

Archer will be a greater miss than Stokes as the former’s contributions have been amazing with the ball this year. He along with Shreyas Gopal has done really well for the Royals. The team management would now be expecting the reserve players to come out and contribute with great impactful performances straightaway on the trot.

SRH’s backstory

The Kane Williamson-captained team is coming into this match on the back of conceding a disappointing 6-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the previous game. The 2016 champions are currently placed at the fourth position on the points table and with four games to go, they need to win atleast two of the remaining four games in order to book a berth in the playoffs. Just like the opposition, SRH will also be missing the services of their two key players. Jonny Bairstow has already returned home to take part in England's World Cup preparations camp, while skipper Kane Williamson was forced to travel back to New Zealand due to the demise of his grandmother.

However, the team management would be confident about the backups and now with Manish Pandey back in form, the middle-order worries also got a bit of sorted. In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has fared amazingly well in the last few matches which is a big boost for SRH as well as Team India. Barring the last game against CSK, the SRH bowlers have combined bowled really well. 

Head to Head Battle

Matches

RR

SRH

Overall (10)

4

6

At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium (2)

1

1

Rajasthan Royals’ likely Playing XI

The opening combination is pretty much sorted with Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson as the two openers. RR skipper Steve Smith at his accustomed number three position. The biggest selection dilemma will be whether to include the out-of-form Ashton Turner or Liam Livingstone. However, the latter is also likely to get the final call and he along with Riyan Parag and Smith will form part of the middle-order. 

Stuart Binny will play the finisher's role as well as bowl some crucial overs. Ish Sodhi will come in place of Archer, while Jaydev Unadkat will make way for Dhawal Kulkarni. Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron will take the new ball in this game as well, while Shreyas Gopal will lead the spin bowling attack. 

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), Riyan Parag, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s likely Playing XI

Hyderabad will be forced to find an opening partner for David Warner and at this point, Wriddhiman Saha looks to be the perfect choice as he can also take up the wicket-keeper's job. However, since Williamson is also not available, thus, his fellow New Zealander, Martin Guptill will take his place. The SRH team management could opt to swap Guptill and Saha's batting positions. The in-form Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan will come in at four, five and six respectively. 

Deepak Hooda will miss out in order to accommodate Saha. Mohammad Nabi, who did a sensational job earlier in the season, will also make a return. The trio of Bhuvneshwar, Sandeep and Khaleel will form part of the pace contingent, while Rashid, Nabi and Shakib will be the spinners. 

Probable XI: David Warner, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.

Match Timings- 8:00 pm IST and local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD.

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