One of Sunrisers Hyderabad or Rajasthan Royals will clinch their first win at the end of Match 8 of VIVO IPL 2019. Both teams had their chances in their respective season openers,but lost grip on the contest and ended on the losing side. Sunrisers posted 181-3, and had pushed KKR into a corner, before Andre Russell pulverised the SRH bowlers and powered his team to a win. The Royals meanwhile were cruising in their run-chase against Kings XI Punjab before they imploded – losing seven wickets for 16 runs to eventually fall short by 14 runs.
The Sunrisers will have a selection problem to address; Kane Williamson, who led them to the title and was named captain for the entire season, becomes available for selection having recovered from a shoulder injury. Who does he replace? Jonny Bairstow, who was involved in a 118-run opening stand, or Shakib al Hasan, who had a poor outing with the ball?
Where the Royals are concerned, it is expected they will field the same side that took the field in the match against Kings XI Punjab.
The way David Warner batted in that opener against KKR, it didn’t appear as if he had missed competitive cricket in the last twelve months. The Australian didn’t have to try too hard; hemiddled the ball and found the gaps often in his 53-ball 85. SRH will want him to continue to lay the platform at the top.
Jos Buttler has been a revelation – and a picture of consistency since he began opening the innings for the Rajasthan Royals. The Englishman began the season well, scoring a fluent stroke-filled 69 against Kings XI Punjab before a controversial dismissal put the brakes on his knock. It was post his dismissal that the Royals caved in and Buttler will have made note that, if set, he needs to complete the job.
Among the bowlers, the ones to keep an eye on are Sunrisers’ Rashid Khan, who continues to bamboozle batsmen with his quick leg-spinner and googlies, and Jofra Archer, who was recently quoted as saying he considered himself to beamong the world’s top three bowlers in the T20 format. Archer’s name often comes up in the context of England’s World Cup squad, and VIVO IPL 2019 is his last opportunity to convince the England selectors to pick him for that global event.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have a 11-3 win-loss record in IPL matches at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium since IPL 2017.
The Rajasthan Royals had a poor record on the road in VIVO IPL 2018; they won only 2 of the 8 matches they played outside Jaipur. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has dismissed Ajinkya Rahane more than any other bowler in the IPL; the SRH pacer has dismissed the RR captain on 6 occasions.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Kane Williamson/Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni.
David Warner (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Vijay Shankar, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan (VC), Ben Stokes, Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Shreyas Gopal, Siddarth Kaul