SRH could bring in Jason Roy for the out of sorts David Warner. The Englishman can be what they need in the final few games.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 40 being played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. SRH have been in tatters this season, registering just one win from nine games. They have suffered five straight defeats as well. SRH are placed bottom of the table with a NRR of -0.167. Meanwhile, RR are placed seventh with eight points from nine matches.

SRH bowled well against PBKS on Saturday but failed to chase down a paltry target. Prior to that, the side needed inspiration from somewhere in the match against DC but failed to show any sort of fight. They were outplayed across all departments. SRH have issues in the middle-order and the lack of runs at the top is also hurting. Big guns like David Warner and Kane Williamson have failed to take the charge. The Indian contingent in batting has been a letdown. SRH will look up to Jason Holder and Rashid Khan for the fireworks against RR.

RR won two of their last three matches in the IPL before the season was suspended. They made it three out of four after defending four runs of the final over against PBKS. However, tinkering with the team against DC saw RR suffer. They are still in with a chance of making it to the playoffs but need to be at their best. The bowling needs to be praised and RR have what it takes to test SRH’s weak batting credibilities.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).

Here’s the preview

SRH could bring in Jason Roy for the out of sorts David Warner. The Englishman can be what they need in the final few games. Kane Williamson needs to fire for his side and opening the innings alongside Roy could work. The Orange Army could drop the struggling Kedar Jadhav and look for a feasible option on the bench. Holder has been bowling well and his six-hitting prowess means he is their best bet going into the match. However, Holder will need support. With the ball, SRH are a good unit. Rashid Khan has been tremendous and holds the key for his side. They have an experienced line-up and will test RR.

RR have to bring Evin Lewis back to the side and leave out Liam Livingstone. Also, the out of sorts Riyan Parag can be replaced by Shreyas Gopal, who brings options with the ball too. Chris Morris is expected to be left out in favour of Tabraiz Shamsi. Like SRH, the Royals’ batting lacks the bite. However, they are slightly better in comparison. Sanju Samson is their main man and after an unbeaten fifty against DC, he will be confident. With the ball, Mustafizur Rahman has led by example. Kartik Tyagi is as promising as ever.

Probable playing XIs: SRH vs RR

SRH probable playing XI:

Jason Roy/David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

RR probable playing XI:

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c&wk), David Miller, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson, Jason Roy, Mahipal Lomror, Evin Lewis
All-rounders: Jason Holder
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson, Jason Roy, Evin Lewis
All-rounders: Jason Holder, Rahul Tewatia
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Mustafizur Rahman, Kartik Tyagi

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

In batting, the likes of Samson and Williamson fit both the teams. Samson is in good form with the bat and is RR’s highest scorer. With everyone in SRH struggling, Williamson is the name that comes to mind.

Holder is the genuine powerhouse. He is bowling well and guarantees wickets. With the bat, he can come in and change the complexion with some lusty blows.

In the bowling department, Rashid is the main customer. He is bowling well and holds the card for SRH. Mustafizur Rahman cannot be ignored. He is a consistent ace.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Sanju Samson: RR skipper Samson is the ideal choice as a skipper. He is the joint-third highest run-scorer this season (351) and can go on a roll once set. Samson carries this RR side and is the best option.

Rashid Khan: The Afghan spinner can get you the desired wickets in the game and is SRH’s best bowler. His tight spells and ability to come in and play some boundaries with the bat makes him a certain feasible option as captain. He has 12 wickets with an economy rate of 5.97.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Holder is a sound option. He can get SRH to perform with his excellent bowling skills and ability to hit the boundaries. After a good show versus PBKS, his confidence will be high. Apart from Holder, RR’s Mustafizur comes as a genuine option. He has been picking up wickets consistently.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch in Dubai is expected to be sluggish as the game progresses. Pacers will have the fizz early on and as seen in the tourney so far, bowling in good areas will get the pacers wickets. As the match progresses, things get a bit slow. For batsmen, the application will be key. Spinners will be in the game as well. Another hot evening is in store with humidity.

What happened in the previous meeting between the two?

In the previous meeting this season, the match was won by RR. They sealed a 55-run win after posting 220/3 in 20 overs.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 14 occasions. Both teams have won seven games each.

Match prediction

SRH are struggling big time and we don’t see any route for them to come out and change things. Their batting is awful and that’s a reason why they will suffer.

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