Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals will meet each other in match number 40 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. After losing three successive games on the trot, SRH need answers. Their all-round show needs to improve. Meanwhile, sixth-placed RR will seek confidence from their win against CSK.

RR’s change in the batting line-up looks better now and the presence of Jos Buttler in the middle order brings more calmness. RR need to perform well with the bat and the likes of Steve Smith and Ben Stokes need to fire.

SRH know their strength lies in the contribution of the top four batsmen. Therefore, the onus will be on them to set the base. In the previous meeting, the bowlers had the grip over RR but let things slip from a winning position.

RR vs SRH: Dream11 team prediction

Batsmen: Steve Smith, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Jos Buttler (c).

Wicket-keeper: Jonny Bairstow (vc).

All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia, Abdul Samad.

Bowlers: Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal.

Rationale behind the Dream11 team

International stars Williamson, Buttler, Smith and Bairstow hold the key in this Dream11 fantasy team. Their runs will be key for their respective teams. Pandey, who did well against RR the last time, to keep his place.

Two all-rounders come into this Dream11 team. Tewatia gets joined by Samad in this department. The bowling unit is solid with the presence of Archer, Rashid Tyagi and Gopal. There is a lot of variety in the ranks.

Probable starting XI

RR – Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Steve Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk), Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat.

SRH – David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed.

Match prediction

RR could complete the double over an inconsistent SRH.

Head-to-head record

In 12 meetings, both teams have won six each.

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