Warner and Smith face off against each other as Sunrisers Hyderabad play host to Rajasthan Royals at Hyderabad today.
Both SRH and RR come into the contest in search of their first win following defeats in their respective campaign openers. The defeats too were very much similar to each other. It saw the side dominating majority of the game and letting it fall at the very end.
While it was Russell who spoilt Hyderabad’s party, it was the infamous mankading incident that brought about Rajasthan’s downfall.
Until the event had taken place, Buttler had a firm grip on the game and even threatened to finish it off in quick time. But none would have expected Ashwin to make such a move and send the opener packing. With required run rate climbing up each over post Buttler’s wicket, the side resorted to big hitting that eventually resulted in them throwing away their wickets.
The side is set to have moved one from the incident and look forward to what is to come. Meanwhile, SRH ticked almost all boxes despite going down to KKR. Their major concern will the bowlers inability to contain at the death, having conceded 55 runs of the last 18 balls vs KKR.
Captain Kane Williamson is expected to be integrated into the playing 11 with him nearing full fitness. This move will see Bairstow being dropped and Saha being roped in to do the opener/wicket keeper role.
Expected XI: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.
Apart from the collapse at the death, Rajasthan had a decent outing vs Punjab on Monday. They aren’t expected to make any changes and will most likely field the same 11.
Expected XI: Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.
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