Kane Williamson, who picked up a shoulder injury during New Zealand’s second Test against Bangladesh, is expected to be leading the side again. @ BCCI

Hyderabad host Rajasthan at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Match 8 of the Indian T20 League with both teams searching for their first win. Had it not been for Andre Russell’s blazing knock at the Eden Gardens in their season opener, Hyderabad were well and truly on course for victory. (WATCH: Nitish Rana, Andre Russell power Kolkata to thrilling win)

It was a game in the bag for last year’s finalist after a brilliant batting display from the returning David Warner, who scored a brilliant 85 before his 53-ball stay was cut short by Russell. But Hyderabad failed to defend 181 with Russell (49* off 19) and Shubman Gill (18* off 10) taking Kolkata home with two balls to spare. (ALSO READ: David Warner’s return key to Hyderabad’s chances: Sandeep Sharma)

Rajasthan failed to score 39 runs in the last four overs of the run-chase in their previous match against Punjab – a run-chase which was derailed by Ravichandran Ashwin’s ‘controversial’ dismissal of Jos Buttler.

Both teams will want to start afresh, but with Hyderabad having home advantage, can Ajinkya Rahane and Co. spoil the party for the Orange Army. Let’s wait and find out!

What: Match 8, Hyderabad vs Rajasthan

When: March 29 (Friday)

Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Time: 8 pm IST

On TV: Star Network (in India)

Weather: Sunny with a maximum high of 40 degrees Celsius

Teams

Hyderabad

Kane Williamson, who picked up a shoulder injury during New Zealand’s second Test against Bangladesh, is expected to be back in the squad which means Jonny Bairstow will have to sit out. Williamson will partner the in-form David Warner that makes a formidable opening duo.

However, Bairstow’s absence leads to another question – who will don the wicketkeeper’s gloves? With Yusuf Pathan looking patchy in season opener against Kolkata returning for just 1, it may be either the experienced Wriddhiman Saha or Shreevats Goswami who can replace the allrounder. Saha, having recovered from a debilitating shoulder injury, looks primed to seal a place after accumulating 306 runs in 11 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament this year.

In the bowling department, Hyderabad will not want to tinker much. However, they do have the option of replacing Sandeep Sharma, who went for over 10 runs per over against Kolkata, with left-arm fast-bowler Khaleel Ahmed.

Probable XI: 1. David Warner, 2. Kane Williamson, 3. Vijay Shankar, 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Shakib Al Hasan, 7. Wriddhiman Saha, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Sandeep Sharma/Khaleel Ahmed, 11. Siddharth Kaul

Rajasthan

Rajasthan will want their middle to come good this time. The Royals may not make much changes to their batting order. It is the bowling that seems to be a bit of a concern with Jaydev Unadkat, who was bought for Rs. 8.4 crore at the auction, going for 44 runs in three overs against Punjab. Rajasthan may just go ahead testing the Saurashtra pacer for another match before bringing about any changes.

Probable XI: 1. Ajinkya Rahane (captain), 2. Jos Buttler, 3. Sanju Samson, 4. Steve Smith, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Rahul Tripathi, 7. Krishnappa Gowtham, 8. Jofra Archer, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Shreyas Gopal, 11. Jaydev Unadkat

Head-to-head record

Matches: 9

Hyderabad wins: 5

Rajasthan wins: 4