Rajasthan already had two established openers in Yashaswi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler. The team has also included Devdutt Padikkal this time. In such a situation, there can be some confusion regarding the opening slot. However, it is more likely that Yashasvi and Jos Buttler should be entrusted with the responsibility of opening. Devdutt can land at number three while Sanju Samson can land at number four. In the middle order, the Royals have players like power hitters Shimron Hetmyer, Jimmy Neesham and Riyan Parag. On the spin front, the Royals have a strong bowling unit in the presence of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. Both of them are certain to play in the playing XI. The fast bowling department will be headed by Trent Boult which has the famous Krishna to accompany him.
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Ken will be in charge
Captain Kane Williamson is the most experienced batsman in Sunrisers’ batting order. His teammate Glenn Phillips of New Zealand can also be seen opening the innings while the responsibility of the middle order will be on Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram. If Williamson comes down to number three, then Abhishek Sharma can play the role of the opener while Abdul Samad will be the finisher. Looking at the past few successes as openers, the pairing of Rahul Tripathi and Abhishek Sharma can also be made. Experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Sunrisers’ bowling attack but he and Umran Malik will need to be consistent in their performances. Left-arm pacer T Natarajan is making a comeback and his yorker could prove fatal for the opposition batsmen. Washington Sundar’s role in the spinners will be crucial. However, the team can also include Shreyas Gopal in the playing XI by reducing a fast bowler.
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total matches 15
Hyderabad win 8
Rajasthan win 7
Probable Playing XI
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Yansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c, wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Ryan Parag, Jimmy Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal and Pranbhav Krishna
pitch and weather
Like the Wankhede Stadium, the pitch of Pune is also made of red clay. Spinners can get help on this pitch. These days the weather gets a little cooler as the evening approaches. In this case, the effect of dew is likely to be more. The average temperature will be 25 degrees and it may be better to field first after winning the toss.