IPL 2018: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals match preview

IPL 2018: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals match preview

More importantly, Sunrisers has one of the best bowling battery including Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. SRH, on the other hand, had a good outing with both and ball as they won by 9-wickets. "He (Markande) has got great control of whatever he does, so, I think going forward he will be a great weapon for us", MI Captain Rohit Sharma had said recently.

Rajasthan have a power-packed batting line up through and through.

In pushing Rahul Tripathi, who enjoyed phenomenal success as an opener in 2017, to No. 5, they may have erred right at the outset.

The Royals are a little short on their bowling.

For Rajasthan, pacer Jaydev Unadkat was the lone wicket taker. He didn't get a game but he did well against us in South Africa in T20 cricket. Ankit Sharma will probably be the lone spinner. Dhawal Kulkarni and Sharma are far from big names. Rashid made the ball talk immediately, beating Stokes twice and conceding just one off his first over. Established batsmen like skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes and RA Tripathi just kept finding the fielders' hands rather than the gaps whenever they tried to be aggressive while Shikhar Dhawan made a mockery of their low total by scoring a lovely 78 not out when the Sunrisers batted. Ben strokes, the all-rounder from England emerged as the most expensive player of IPL 2018, being purchased for 12.5 crore. That Royals eventually got to 125 was down to Shreyas Gopal's run-a-ball 18 full of dinks and dabs. Meanwhile, Williamson (27 years & 244 days) will become SRH's youngest captain. He has a good balance of pinch-hitters and anchors, forming one of the best batting lineups in the tournament.

DD's bowling attack has weakened with Kagiso Rabada being ruled out of the season because of injury. Bhuvneshwar Kumar leads the charge.

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Amit Mishra - the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL - has a fabulous record against RR (26 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 16.38) and he will be expected to add to his tally. He will once again be the player to watch out for in the MI camp.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson looked impressive at the helm marshaling his troops on his maiden assignment. Shakib Al Hasan and Siddarth Kaul were standouts with the ball.

Expect both teams to remain unchanged.

On the other hand, Sunrisers should look to the depth and variety in its bowling attack to counter the might of Mumbai batting which has some big names like openers Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Ishan Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Pandya brothers - Krunal, Hardik - to name a few.

Rajasthan Royals will need to regroup quickly after a heavy loss when they face Delhi Daredevils in what will be their first IPL home game in five years at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tomorrow.