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Toss Winner - Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and chose to bowl first
Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs
Depleted Sunrisers’ aim for a good start at home
Rajasthan Royals to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the 4th game of the Indian Premier League 2022, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad will be up against the Rajasthan Royals. The Rajasthan Royals had to settle for the runner-up position last year, and they will look to make a positive start as they aim for another title. Hyderabad has roped in new players after finishing 8th in the last two seasons. They will look for a better start playing at home.
The Sunrisers have finished 8th in the last two seasons. They have failed to strike the right balance in the squad. The Rajasthan Royals have firepower in the batting department, which adds to the side’s advantage. Sunrisers’ bowlers haven’t done well in the last two seasons. It will be interesting to see if the Sunrisers can find their mojo and start the season on a winning note.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the team in the absence of Aiden Markram, who is busy with his national side. Since winning the title in 2016, the Sunrisers haven’t had a good run in this tournament. They have roped in several new players for this edition and shall look to do well. It will be a tough battle against Rajasthan, and Kumar would like to get the best out of his players.
Mayank Agarwal comes into the team, and he will look to offer a solid start with Abhishek Sharma. In the middle order, the side will need runs from Rahul Tripathi, Harry Brook, and Anmolpreet Singh, who must build partnerships, as this was a problem for the side last season. Glenn Phillips is an excellent finisher who would look to add quick runs with Kumar and Washington Sundar.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Fazalhaq Farooqi must strike early in the game as Rajasthan has a very strong batting line-up. Umran Malik has to make use of his pace and bowl in the right areas in the middle overs with Adil Rashid and Mayank Markande. The side will also expect tight spells in the game from Sundar and Abhishek Sharma in the supporting role.
Top Batsman – Mayank Agarwal
Top Bowler – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Glenn Phillips (wk), Umran Malik, Mayank Agarwal, Adil Rashid, Rahul Tripathi, Harry Brook, Washington Sundar, Abhishek Sharma, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mayank Markande
Adil Rashid, Umran Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, T Natarajan, Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Tripathi, Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, Abhishek Sharma
Sanju Samson’s side did well last year, but they had a poor out with the bat in the final, losing to the Gujarat Titans. The team got its combination right with great depth in their batting and bowling. They have retained the core team from last season and shall feel confident. Sampson likes leading from the front and would aim for the first points in this game.
Jos Buttler was in phenomenal form last year, and he makes it a formidable opening pair with Yashasvi Jaiswal. The side is strong in the middle order with Sampson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Shimron Hetmyer, and the trio shall look to do well. Riyan Parag did well last year, and he makes the lower middle order formidable with Ravichandran Ashwin.
Trent Boult and Kuldeep Sen will aim for early wickets as there is slight uncertainty in the top order for the Sunrisers. Obed McCoy looked good last year, and he will look to start from where he had left. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ashwin are good bowlers for these conditions, and the side will expect them to trouble the batsmen.
Top Batsman – Jos Buttler
Top Bowler – Yuzvendra Chahal
Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, KM Asif, Trent Boult, YS Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Riyan Parag
The skies over Hyderabad will be clear on April 2. The wicket has been flat here, and we have seen big scores. Batsmen find scoring runs on this surface easy, while it has been equally punishing on the bowlers. The side batting first would be happy to score 180 runs.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, has a good batting surface. Batsmen have done, and they can hit through the line. There isn’t much on this track for the fast bowlers, and they must bend their backs to do well. Spinners have enjoyed the conditions and have been successful here.
It is the first game at this venue after a long time. There will be some assistance for the bowlers at the start of the game. Most sides have preferred run chases in the past. The side winning the toss would like to take advantage of the conditions by opting to bowl first in this game.
Sunrisers Hyderabad don’t have good memories from the last two years. The team has made several changes and will look to get the balance right this season. Bowling remains weak for the team, and their bowlers must excel for the side to win. Rajasthan Royals have a batting line-up that can demolish any attack. They also have two world-class spinners, making them favorites to win this game.
Rajasthan Royals to win
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