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Seven days and ten matches of Indian Premier League are done and has quenched the thirst of cricket fans for close games after a lop sided world cup. A few close games few turnarounds is what a cricket fan wants to see and this is what IPL has delivered.
Game 11 is between Rajasthan Royals, who has won all three games they have played, and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who will be confident after beating RCB in their last outing.
Over the years Rajasthan Royals has always surprised everyone with their lack of resources and the results they have been producing with those handful of resources. This year has been no different as they have managed to win three out of three games beating teams like Kings XI Punjab. They have an array of Australian international who provide the balance to the squad but the crux of the team is the local Indian youngsters. Rajasthan Royals has been phenomenal in the talent hunt and if it was Sanju Samson previous year, it is now The dasher Deepak Hooda who has impressed one and all by his big hitting.
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He won the game for his team in the game against Delhi Daredevils scoring 54 off 25 balls as he won the Man of the match for that game. Apart from this he played a useful hand of 30 off 15 and 13 off 4 in other matches too. However, it will be important for his team that he is consistent in doing that as they lack a hitter with Faulkner being the other one.
In the bowling department two foreign pacers Chris Morris and Tim Southee have managed to put a lid on the opposition batsmen by bowling those accurate yorkers. Complementing them nicely is the 42 year old leggie from Maharashtra, Pravin Tambe, whose pace variations has always troubled the batsmen.
With Shane Watson not playing due to a hip injury, Steve Smith was always going to be the key in the batting order as other batsmen lack experience in that middle order. And he has not disappointed as he played a perfect innings in the last game against Mumbai Indians chasing a score of 165. However they need Watson back in that middle order soon as Binny is not in great form and if Steve Smith gets out early it will be difficult for RR batsmen.
Sunrisers Hyderabad on the other hand started in a horrific manner by surrendering to Chennai Super Kings after conceding 209 runs. Their bowling bowling and batting was miserable alike. They too lack a big hitting batsman who can score those 15-20 extra runs at the end.
Ravi Bopara has been chosen over Eoin Morgan for the hitting down the order. Bopara’s bowling capabilities might have been the deciding factor in his selection. However, if Indian all rounder Ashish Reddy could perform Bopara’s job they can look into Morgan entrusting him with the finishers job.
Bowling was impressive in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore as they bowled them out for 166 after conceding 93 in the 11 overs for the loss of 2 wickets.
Batting is again too heavy like the last season which makes it imperative for one of the two openers to fire. And they did in the game against RCB as David Warner bludgeoned 57 off 27 balls and put the game firmly in his team’s favour and Shikhar Dhawan finished it off after his opening partner left.
With both teams confident this should be an exciting encounter today.
Rajasthan Royals is expected to be unchanged as Shane Watson is still not fit enough to take the field.
RR (probable XI): 1. Ajinkya Rahane 2. Sanju Samson 3. Steven Smith 4. Karun Nair 5. Stuart Binny 6. Deepak Hooda 7. James Faulkner 8. Chris Morris 9. Tim Southee 10. Dhawal Kulkarni 11. Pravin Tambe
Sunrisers Hyderabad too will be unchanged. However, they will be tempted to draft in Eoin Morgan if one Kane Williamson or Ravi Bopara fail to make a mark.
SRH (probable XI): 1. David Warner 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. Kane Williamson 4. Lokesh Rahul 5. Naman Ojha 6. Ravi Bopara 7. Ashish Reddy 8. Bhvaneshwar Kumar 9. Praveen Kumar 10. Karn Sharma 11. Trent Boult
The Pitch Report for RR vs SRH encounter
Match is to be played at Vizag stadium and this is the first time a match is being played in this season.
The pitch at Vizag is believed to slow and low and will get slower as the game progresses. However dew will be a concern for the teams.
RR vs SRH Odds and Prediction
Sunrisers Hyderabad is 1.77 to win the game and given the kind of form Rajasthan royals is in one would think market is not respecting the form RR is in.
Being too heavy SRH will be vulnerable once early wicket falls. We are backing Rajasthan Royals to make it four in four.
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