The final game of the first round of opening fixtures of the IPL 2022 will feature Sunrisers Hyderabad against the Rajasthan Royals. The contest will mark the first match at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
The Orange Army embark upon a new era following the departures of David Warner and Rashid Khan. Continuing under the leadership of Kane Williamson, the side are on the quest for their second title after a disappointing bottom-placed finish in IPL 2021.
The franchise also saw the departures of mentor VVS Laxman and head coach Trevor Bayliss. A star-studded coaching staff sees the likes of Brian Lara and Dale Steyn step into leadership roles for the first time.
With no availability issues, SRH boasts a full squad while their compatriots struggle to fill the slots. Bowling coach Muttiah Muralidaran had hinted that skipper Kane Williamson will open the batting with Abhishek Sharma in a left-right combination.
That particular opening combination presents a middle-order unit of Nicholas Poorn, Rahul Tripathi, and Aiden Markram. Other options like Glenn Phillips and Priyam Garg also present themselves as an option.
Bbhvneshwar Kumar leads a bowling attack that continues to be rather Indian-centric. Washington Sundar and Romario Shepherd are the primary all-rounders for the side.
Arguably one of the better performers at the IPL 2022 mega auction, Rajasthan Royals have a formidable squad at their disposal.
Leading the franchise for the second season, the onus will be on Samson to lead this team to its potential.
The explosive batting unit would relish the opportunity to play in the batting-friendly conditions in Pune. Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, and Shimron Hetmyer forge an intimidating batting unit.
Spin twin R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal are expected to control the proceedings in the middle overs. A new ball pair of Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna is also a force to be reckoned with.
WAGING ODDS: SRH (2.30) VS RR (1.61)
RR are the overwhelming favorites and are priced at 1.61, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹161.
SRH are the underdogs and priced at 2.30, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹230.
Rajasthan Royals come across as a better balanced side than Sunrisers Hyderabad on paper. Despite the impact of the toss, the current RR squad have personnel in their squad to deal with adversity. Rajasthan Royals will win the contest convincingly.
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