The Rajasthan Royals, led by Steve Smith, will take on David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 40th edition of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday at the Dubai International Stadium.
Rajasthan Royals are sixth in the IPL 13 standings with four wins from 10 matches, while Sunrisers Hyderabad are seventh with three wins from nine matches.
In the wake of the seven-wicket win over Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK), R.R. Sealed a Super Over victory.
In the previous clash between the two teams, the Rajasthan-led team won by five wickets at the same venue on October 11 against Warner.
Seeing Smith’s side draw inspiration from the win and seal another win against Hyderabad, SRH will be eager to jump back and settle the scores against RR.
Both teams have faced each other in a total of 12 matches so far, with both teams winning on six occasions each.
Speaking of the record of both the sides in this space, Rajasthan has won only one of the five matches played so far in Dubai. SRH has won four of the seven matches played at the venue so far.
Meanwhile, some players from both teams will be trying to reach their personal milestones.
Sanju Samson needs 55 runs to reach 2,500 runs in the IPL, while Robin Uthappa is just four runs short of completing 450 IPL runs.
SRH’s Kane Williamson needs 50 IPL sixes and a maximum of 17 runs to reach 1,500 IPL runs respectively. Sandeep Sharma has just one wicket to reach 100 in a lucrative T20 match.
Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have lifted the IPL trophy once. When RR won the inaugural edition of the league in 2008, SRH lifted the coveted trophy four years ago.
When to watch?
With no fans in the midst of the Govt-19 epidemic, the match between SRH and RR will air at 7.30pm on ISD.
Where to look?
The clash will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network, while the live streaming of the competition will also be available on Star’s streaming app, Hotstar.
RR vs SRH, Dream 11 Team
Wicket-keeper: Johnny Burstow
Batsmen: Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jose Butler, Manish Pandey
All-rounders: Ben Stokes, Abdul Samad
Bowlers: Joffra Archer, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, D Natarajan
Sunrisers Hyderabad Possible XI: David Warner (C), Johnny Burstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Cork, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, D Natarajan, Basil Thampi.
Rajasthan Royals Possible XI: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (c), Jose Butler, Ryan Barak, Rahul Devadia, Joffra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajput, Karthik Tyagi.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Johnny Burstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Srivastava Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Cork, Viruthiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Sanjay , Fabian Allen, Prithviraj Yarra, Khalil Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, D Natarajan, Basil Thampi.
Rajasthan Royals: Jose Butler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (Weekly), Andrew Dye, Karthik Tyagi, Steven Smith (C), Ankit Rajput, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tawatia, Jaidev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomar, Ocean Thomas, Ryan Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Anirudh Joshi, Joffra Archer.