RR vs SRH, IPL 2019: With in-form overseas players gone, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers face a tough road ahead

After beating Kolkata Knight Riders in their own backyard, Rajasthan Royals will return home to keep their chances afloat of making it to the playoffs of the IPL 2019 when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday.

RR are currently placed at the seventh spot with eight points from 11 games and would be looking to take confidence from their three-wicket win at the Eden Gardens in their last encounter.

On the other hand, SRH, placed at the fourth spot with five wins from 10 games, would want to leave behind the six-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings  and return to winning ways.

What: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 45

When: April 27 (Saturday)

Where: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Time: 8 pm IST

On TV: Star Network (in India)

Weather: It is going to be a hot evening in Jaipur with the maximum temperature at around 42 degrees, with 28 degrees being the minimum. Humidity will be expected to be at 11 per cent

Team News

Rajasthan Royals

RR would be missing the likes of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer who have flown back to England to join the national side for the World Cup camp and while RR don;t have a like-for-like replacement for the explosive duo, Ashton Turner, who bagged three ducks in a row and was dropped for the KKR game, might get a look in. The slow track of Jaipur could mean Krishnappa Gowtham, who has missed a few games, could be added for his allround abilities. Varun Aaron was impressive against KKR but was hampered by a cramps, this could see Dhawal Kulkarni being drafted in. Archer’s bowling role is likely to be filled in OShane Thomas.

Probable XI: 1. Ajinkya Rahane, 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Steve Smith (C), 4 Riyan Parag, 5. Ashton Turner, 6. Stuart Binny/Rahul Tripathi, 7. Krishnappa Gowtham/Mahipal Lomror, 8. Shreyas Gopal, 9. Dhawal Kulkarni, 10. Oshane Thomas, 11. Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron

Sunrisers Hyderabad

They would dearly miss Jonny Bairstow who has done the bulk of their scoring alongside David Warner. It is expected that New Zealand’s Martin Guptill will be included in the playing XI. But the SRH management also has to add a wicketkeeper. Their options are Wriddhiman Saha and Sreevats Goswami. Guptill for Bairstow is a straightforward swap, but SRH need to drop an Indian batsman to get in Saha or Goswami.

They would also be hoping for the return of their regular skipper Kane Williamson, who was missed in their last game on account of both his batting and captaincy. If Williamson comes back, he may open the innings with Warner meaning Guptill could remain on the bench. Keeping in mind the slow nature of the Jaipur track, SSRH may also go for a extra spin option in either Shakib Al Hasan on Mohammad Nabi, alongside frontline spinner Rashid Khan

Probable XI: 1. David Warner, 2. Kane Williamson(C)/Martin Guptill, 3. Manish Pandey, 4. Vijay Shankar, 5. Shakib Al Hasan, 6. Yusuf Pathan/Deepak Hooda, 7. Wriddhiman Saha/Sreevats Goswami, 7. Rashid Khan, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Sandeep Sharma/Shabaz Nadeem, 10. Khaleel Ahmed   

Head to Head:

Matches played: 10

Won by RR: 4

Won by SRH: 6

No Result: 0

“I am here for 13 games. After the Bangalore one, I’ll be heading back. Hopefully, I can contribute and see if we can get few more wins,” – RR skipper Steve Smith