In the first match of the Sunday doubleheader in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, two laggards, Rajasthan Royals (RR) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), will lock horns at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi. RR and SRH are placed at seventh and eighth position respectively, in the Points Table. Both the teams are scouting for some consistency as the IPL has entered the mid-season. Before the clash, SRH have passed on the captaincy baton to Kiwi veteran Kane Williamson.
Williamson led the Orange Army in 2018 in the absence of David Warner, who was serving one year ban from international cricket then. Orange Army became the runners-up in 2018, and in 2016, under the umbrella of captain David Warner, the team lifted their maiden cup.
Hyderabad’s media release also declared that they would alter their overseas combination. For SRH, their dramatic middle-order has been a concern, and the question remains there if the change will turn around their fortune or not. Rashid Khan is shouldering the bowling unit, Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, and Kane Williamson safeguarded their batting line-up. But a few players may not be enough for a team to drive them home.
Injuries and pulling out of the foreign players at the RR camp have bruised the confidence of the team in the IPL 2021. While RR appointed Sanju Samson as their regular captain ahead of the 14th edition of the IPL. Notably, the young captain has not flared much at supervising the Royals. Opener Jos Buttler is yet dreaming of a half-century, David Miller is shambling in the middle order, and Riyan Parag has lost his touch. In a statement, Sanju Samson’s RR have a lot of issues to sort out before it is too late.
IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi from 7:30 PM IST
Match Prediction – Who will win the match?
RR have won two out of their six fixtures, while SRH have a single green tick under their belt. The only favourable condition for RR is the side will walk onto the field as the favourites after winning their last fixture. On the other hand, the Orange Army may take time to acclimatise to a new skipper and overseas combination.
Interestingly, the sides have seen each other on the field 13 times, SRH were triumphant on seven occasions, and RR on six. Yesterday, Delhi noted Mumbai Indians chasing down 219 runs against the table-toppers Chennai Super Kings. It was the second-highest successful run chase in the history of the IPL. Hence, the pitch will not shove out the batters.