RR vs SRH: Live Blog
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 40 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai. STATS THAT MATTER
* SRH haven’t won a game while chasing this season, losing on all four occasions
* Since his two back-to-back fifties at the start of the season, Sanju Samson has only scored 77 runs in eight innings, at an average of 9.6
The inexperienced young guns of both Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad would like to put their hands up in testing times when both teams square off in a must-win Indian Premier League game on Thursday.
Whether it is Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad of Sunrisers or Kartik Tyagi, Riyan Parag of the Royals, the youngsters from both sides will be feeling the pressure of doing something out of the box in case their illustrious seniors fail in that pursuit.
The Sunrisers are currently tottering at the second last place in the eight-team table with just six points from nine games while Royals are a notch ahead with eight points after their comprehensive win over Chennai Super Kings in the previous game.
SRH can’t afford to slip up even one bit since another loss would rule them out of the Play-offs race. The Royals would hope to continue with the winning momentum and hope that their foreign recruits continue to perform like they did against CSK.
They got their campaign back on track after two heavy defeats and would also have the edge over SRH, which lost to KKR in the Super Over in their previous game.
One more loss would make it extremely difficult for the Royals to stay alive.
While Jofra Archer continues to be the backbone of Royals’ bowling attack, the wrist-spinning duo of Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia were terrific in the middle overs against CSK and skipper Smith would be hoping for an encore from his bowlers on Thursday.
In batting, Jos Buttler looked in ominous form the other night, forcing Smith to play the second fiddle but RR would need more consistent partnerships upfront.
SRH, on the other hand, would still be smarting from the Super Over loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.
David Warner and Co. would definitely be hurt by that loss but they need to come out of that shock quickly and re-strategise if they want to keep themselves afloat in the T20 event. The team heavily relies on its batting unit, mainly on the top four comprising Jonny Bairstow, Warner, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson.