We’re at the business end of the Indian T20 League 2020, both Rajasthan and Hyderabad are on the fringes of the bottom in that points table. RR vs SRH could be the deciding match for the mettle of these two teams.
Hyderabad are yet to win a game chashing in this edition of the tournament. While chasing this season they average 20.55 which is 42.85% worse compared to their batting average while batting first. This is an issue they have to address as soon as they can or else it’ll be too late for them in the season. Rajasthan, meanwhile, picked up a handy seven-wicket win over Chennai despite yet another top order collapse which is becoming a bad habit for them this season.
Hyderabad need at least four wins in their last five games, while Rajasthan need another three from their remaining four for a shot at a playoffs berth. These are the top bets for the RR vs SRH fixture.
Sanju Samson vs Jonny Bairstow
Sanju Samson who was in the limelight at the start of this season by smashing a back to back fifties in the first two games for Royals have faded post these knocks. In the next 8 games, he has failed to cross the 30 runs mark and has six single digit scores in it including two ducks. In the last eight matches he has managed to score just 77 runs at an average of 9.63 which is 87.89 % worse than his average in the first two games. He’s far better a player than those stats are suggesting and should look to make amends in this match.
It’s pretty evident that if Hyderabad are to do well then they need their openers to do the majority of the scoring. Jonny Bairstow needs to make sure that he gets his side off to a flyer and take the pressure off David Warner and let him look to play throughout the twenty overs.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
While others were flattering to deceive, Jos Butler made sure that his innings in the previous match against Chennai got them over the line and earned important two points. It’s shocking to see him not opening the innings for Rajasthan as he is currently one of the most devastating white-ball players in the world. Still, his last innings batting in the middle-order will give him and the team some much-needed confidence.
This will be the 250th T20 match for Manish Pandey in his career and he’ll look to make this milestone into a special one. With the possibility of the team missing Kane Williamson, the onus will be on Pandey to drive that middle-order and score big.
RR: Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Jos Butler (WK), Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Jaidev Unadkat
SRH: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma
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