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RR 105/3 after 15 overs: Rashid bowls out and his figures would not only reveal that he has been as economical as ever but also the fact that the Afghan spinner bagged the big wicket of Stokes – 4-0-20-1. He conceded six off his last.
RR 99/3 after 14 overs: Steve Smith backs away and slices this just wide of Rashid at backward point to see the ball race away to the boundary. Not a bad over from Shahbaz Nadeem, this, but the Aussie just got lucky off the last ball.
RR 90/3 after 13 overs: Rashid joins the party! Stokes misses the line completely as the ball turns slightly into him and takes a deflection off the England all-rounder’s pads to go on to rock the sticks. The dismissal brings the skipper out in the middle.
RR 86/2 after 12 overs: Samson goes Halla Bol! and butchers a shorter one off Holder over midwicket for only the second SIX of the day. But, but, but… the big man has the last laugh as he cleans Samson up with the slower variety in the very next ball. That brings Buttler in at No. 4.
RR 77/1 after 11 overs: Stokes shuffles across and misses the scoop off Shankar’s first by miles. That has more or less been the story of the day… or the season, maybe? Is Jos Buttler a better option for RR as an opener? Three deliveries down, he gets an underedge back to the bowler as Rajasthan is still looking to accelerate. There is an appeal from the bowler for LBW as Samson looks to swipe it across but Warner isn’t interested in a review.
RR 74/1 after 10 overs: We are halfway through the first innings and RR would be the happier side, for the very fact that it has lost just one wicket, thus far. Samson has been striking it well but Stokes has struggled. Rashid’s over goes for a run a ball.
RR 68/1 after 9 overs: Samson welcomes Natarajan with a four. It was a shorter delivery and the Kerala ‘keeper-batsman has pulled this over midwicket. Time for the strategic timeout.
RR 57/1 after 8 overs: Rashid to try and spin a web around RR now. The sweeper has been stationed very fine, with Warner knowing about Stokes’ penchant to switch gears. And that grants Stokes another lifeline as the ball dips only a few yards short of Abdul Samad yet again. To make matters worse, Shankar, who is normally known to be as safe as houses, drops Stokes on 17, later in the over.
RR 53/1 after 7 overs: The batsmen, especially Stokes, seem to be fighting the conditions in the ‘Ring of Fire’. T Natarajan, the bowler, meanwhile, continues to make life further difficult with his ability to bowl the yorkers at will, even with the new ball.
RR 47/1 after 6 overs: Vijay Shankar has been brought into the attack. Stokes would consider himself lucky after the very first ball of the over fell just short of Rashid Khan at deep backward square leg. SRH is looking good on the field as well – Manish Pandey’s diving effort to stop what would have been a boundary had he let it through at backward point is worth mentioning.
RR 43/1 after 5 overs: Samson gets into the perfect position before hammering two consecutive boundaries off Sharma. The cover drive, off the fifth, was nothing short of mouthwatering!
RR 33/1 after 4 overs: Back-to-back boundaries from Stokes followed by a weird dismissal that sees the back of Uthappa, who was looking to be in fine touch. There was absolutely no hint of a single there and Uthappa goes campering way down the track even as Stokes got cramped for room. Uthappa, slow on the turn, was way short when Holder’s deadly, accurate throw lit up the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Sanju Samson walks in.
Jason Holder celebrates Robin Uthappa’s wicket with his SRH teammates. – BCCI/IPL
RR 22/0 after 3 overs: A wristy flick from the former KKR cricketer sees a Sharma inswinger disappear into the stands at deep backward square leg for the first maximum of the night. He is, however, hardly done yet as he crunches another boundary down the ground to end the over on a high.
RR 9/0 after 2 overs: Jason Holder, who has replaced Kane Williamson in the Playing XI tonight, will be bowling his first. He pitches it short twice and Uthappa, expecting the ball to do more, is drawn in to play two awkward-looking shots. The Barbadian alters his length, hitting it way up, and Uthappa punches this one away through extra cover for a boundary.
RR 3/0 after 1 over: There is a bit of movement on the ball as Robin Uthappa gets off the mark with a single straightaway. Someone cried, “Catch it,” as Ben Stokes nudged one away to the cover region but the ball lands in a safe zone.
– David Warner having the final word with his teammates before the men in orange take their respective positions on the field. Robin Uthappa will face ball one, with Ben Stokes accompanying him at the other end. Sandeep Sharma will be bowling the first over.
RR: Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (w), Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
WHAT THEY SAID
Steve Smith, RR captain: I was looking to bat. We have been playing the IPL for a long time. It was a good win the other night. We are heading in the right direction, playing good cricket. You got to play well to make it to the finals and you need to peak at the right time. Going with the same team.
Rajasthan Royals emerged victorious the last time it faced Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020. – BCCI/IPL
David Warner, SRH skipper: We are going to bowl. We have the big man Holder coming in. Nadeem comes in for Thampi. I am always nice and calm. Have had time to relax.
|David Warner wins toss. SRH to field first.|
PITCH REPORT: “It’s a great surface. There’s a smattering of grass, but underneath it is hard. Many teams know this track inside out. Any side has to do what they are comfortable with. There’s a little bit of dew settling in. The outfield is a bit faster and the batsmen are getting enough pace to work with,” reckon Murali Kartik and Kumar Sangakkara. – BCCI/IPL
MATCH PREVIEW BY P. K. AJITH KUMAR
Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will come face to face on Thursday at the Dubai International Stadium for the second time in 11 days. Neither side can afford to lose as the battle heats up for a IPL 2020 Playoffs berth.
Rajasthan has eight points from 10 games, while Hyderabad has six from nine. If this game produces even half the drama as the first encounter, cricket fans will not complain. The Royals were down and nearly out when Rahul Tewatia played the role of the saviour to perfection for the second time this season. If he did it all alone against Kings XI Punjab – with five sixes off a Sheldon Cottrell over – this time around, he had company in the form of the young Riyan Parag.
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The men in pink are in a more confident frame of mind, too. In their last game, they romped home to an easy seven-wicket win over the beleaguered Chennai Super Kings.
Sunrisers, on the other hand, haven’t tasted victory in their last three matches.
The loss in the Super Over to Kolkata Knight Riders in the last game must have hurt David Warner’s men.
IPL 2020: What the teams are playing for – BCCI/IPL
The captain, who dropped down to No. 4 from his usual position as opener, had made an unbeaten, 33-ball 47. However, had he scored just one more run, he could have given his team what would have been a much-needed win. He will want to make amends.
SRH also needs runs from the overseas pros at the top of the order – Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson. When you add Manish Pandey, the batting indeed looks formidable.
Leg-spinner Rashid Khan’s and left-arm seamer T. Natarajan have been consistent with the ball. But they will be up against a Royals batting line-up that has come back into form.
Jos Buttler and Steve Smith seem to have regained their touch, but the Royals will be hoping Sanju Samson is amongst runs too; he has disappointed after posting 70-plus scores in the first two matches.
Jofra Archer has been magnificent with the ball. The England fast bowler has been one of the shining stars in this IPL. Teenager Kartik Tyagi is the only other seamer to have impressed for Royals, so the team will continue to depend quite a bit on the leg-spin of Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia.
The side will also hope that the world’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes comes up with something special.
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The two teams have faced each other 12 times in the IPL so far, and the honours have been shared between the two sides.
Last IPL meeting:
RR (163/5 in 19.5 overs) beat SRH (158/4 in 20 overs) by 5 wickets.
Earlier this season, the sides had squared off in Dubai on October 11, Sunday. The Rajasthan-based franchise handed the Hyderabad-based side a five-wicket win as youngsters Riyan Parag (42*) and Rahul Tewatia (45*) put on a match-winning 85-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
IPL 2020 Form guide:
RR has lost three its last five games but goes in to the next encounter on the back of a win.
SRH has lost four of its last five encounters and is currently sitting on a three-match losing streak.
Current position in the table:
RR is placed sixth in the points table after bagging eight points from 10 matches. The side has won four matches and lost as six.
SRH, after three wins and six losses from nine matches, currently sits seventh in the points table with six points.
Top performers so far – SRH :
|David Warner (331)||Rashid Khan (11)|
|Jonny Bairstow (316)||T. Natarajan (11)|
|Manish Pandey (212)||Khaleel Ahmed (8)|
Top performers so far – RR :
|Jos Buttler (262)||Jofra Archer (13)|
|Steve Smith (246)||Rahul Tewatia (7)|
|Sanju Samson (236)||Shreyas Gopal (7)|
TOP FIVE PLAYERS WITH MOST POINTS IN FANTASY SQUADS
1. Jofra Archer (RR) – 217 points
2. Rahul Tewatia (RR) – 189.5 points
3. Rashid Khan (SRH) – 146 points
4. Jonny Bairstow (SRH) – 124.5 points
5. T Natarajan (SRH) – 118.5 points
RR: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (w), Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi
- Highest run-getter: KL Rahul (540)
- Highest wicket-taker: Kagiso Rabada (21)
- Highest individual score: KL Rahul (132*)
- Best bowling figures: Jasprit Bumrah (4/20)
- Best economy: Lockie Ferguson (4.00)
- Most fours: Shikhar Dhawan (51)
- Most sixes: Nicholas Pooran (22)
- Fastest ball: Anrich Nortje (156.22 kmph)
- Biggest six: Nicholas Pooran (106m)
- Fastest fifty: Nicholas Pooran (17 balls)
- Fastest century: Mayank Agarwal (45 balls)
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Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran and Anuj Rawat
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, B. Sandeep, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, and Basil Thampi
IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||10||7||3||14||+0.182|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||10||5||5||10||-0.828|
|Kings XI Punjab||10||4||6||8||-0.177|
|Chennai Super Kings||10||3||7||6||-0.463|
WHERE TO WATCH IPL 2020 – RAJASTHAN ROYALS VS SUNRISERS HYDERABAD LIVE?
The Indian Premier League match Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Live streaming will also be available on the Hotstar app or website exclusively for VIP and Premium users.