Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals face each other in match number five of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Tuesday. The match is being held at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune. The IPL has already got off to a terrific start and there has been high quality cricket on offer. When RR and SRH meet, we expect dazzling quality and the battle of minds on offer. Ahead of the match, we present the complete details to guide you through.
Analysis of SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad have assembled a decent squad to fight for the IPL title in 2022. They replaced the outgoing Rashid Khan with the utility all-rounder in Washington Sundar. With David Warner released, an explosive option in the form of Nicholas Pooran was roped in. Notably, Pooran had a dream T20I series versus India earlier this year for the West Indies.
In Aiden Markram, SRH have a trump card on offer. Also, the uncapped Rahul Tripathi can lend his voice after impressing for KKR of late. The onus will lie on Kane Williamson, who will hope to steer his side and offer substance. Bhuvneshwar Kumar adds pedigree as well. Young Umran Malik, who bowls real fast, will hope to make his presence felt after earlier having been retained. However, the question SRH have is the presence of finishers in the side.
Analysis of RR
Rajasthan Royals can be the team to beat this season after having had a superb IPL 2022 mega auction. Just like the Punjab Kings, RR assembled a strong squad, boasting of real quality. The likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson form a dangerous batting force. Shimron Hetmyer adds muscle as well. RR have the best spin duo in R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. Both these experienced stars can enjoy themselves and work in tandem.
Another quality recruit was Trent Boult, who has been a consistent force in the IPL. Boult will add the dimension alongside the always improving Prasidh Krishna. RR have most of their bases covered and they will want to outmuscle SRH with both bat and ball. Samson’s captaincy will be put to test as he can have no complaints given the personnel that can help him execute his plans.
The two teams have met each other 15 times in the competition so far. SRH have the edge over RR, keeping a 8-7 lead so far. Since 2019, both teams have shared the spoils, highlighting how things have been close.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Which team is the predicted winner?
Given the personnel on paper, RR seems more complete and sound. The batting, in particular, has the depth up till the lower middle-order. You get consistent personnel who can take the game away in a flash. Also, RR’s spin duo can make a real difference. Ashwin and Chahal have close to 300 IPL wickets together and they can pull the plugs. SRH can fall short here given no notable finishers in the ranks. The bowling is always good for SRH but it’s the batting which lacks the desired punch. We go with RR who are the likely winners of this tie.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
The Pune pitch has been laid with black soil which means spinners can prove to be handy. The average score while batting first here on this ground is 158. To date, only three IPL matches have been held here. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
The major batting stats on offer
RR skipper Sanju Samson has piled up 3,068 runs in the IPL at 29.21. Interestingly, he is the top scorer versus SRH in the IPL, having managed 615 runs. No other player has 600-plus runs versus SRH. RR opener Jos Buttler has managed 1,968 runs in the IPL and needs 32 more to reach a milestone of 2,000. Kane Williamson (1,885 runs) is 15 shy of the 1,900-run mark. He has 219 runs versus RR at 54.75.
The major bowling stats on offer
Chahal, who has 139 wickets, can become only the ninth bowler to claim 140-plus wickets in the competition. Chahal (17) is also the second-highest wicket-taker versus SRH in the IPL after Dwayne Bravo (21). Bhuvneshwar, who has claimed 142 wickets, can get to 15-plus scalps versus RR (13). He will become just the seventh bowler to do so.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Nicholas Pooran, Kane Williamson, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal
All-rounders: Washington Sundar, Abhishek Sharma
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, T Natarajan
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Nicholas Pooran, Kane Williamson, Rahul Tripathi, Devdutt Padikkal,
All-rounders: Washington Sundar, Abhishek Sharma
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices
Nicholas Pooran: The West Indian southpaw had a superb T20I series versus India and showed what he can do. A complete player, Pooran can take the game away in a flash and hurt any side. His runs for SRH can be crucial.
Devdutt Padikkal: The former RCB player brings a certain element of joy and panache to his game. He can set the platform for RR and work well with the explosive Buttler. Padikkal can be the anchorman for RR.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Yuzvendra Chahal: Wickets and Chahal go hand-in-hand and the experienced wrist-spinner can be the driving force for RR. Chahal has also enjoyed relative success versus SRH and can employ his tactics well in the middle overs.
Rahul Tripathi: The versatile Tripathi can be explosive for SRH giving them the decisive edge. What bodes well for him is that he is a sound fielder and is always in action. Be it catches or run-outs, Tripathi can bring the desired points.