New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals will have to get back on track to take on bottom-ranked Sunrisers Hyderabad, ranked at the bottom of the table, here on Monday to keep their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff hopes alive.
Rajasthan would like to remain in the race for the playoffs
For this, the team’s batsmen will have to support the rhythmic captain Sanju Samson. Rajasthan are at the seventh position in the table (before Sunday’s matches) with eight points from nine matches, while Sunrisers Hyderabad have got just one success from nine matches and are out of the race for the playoffs. Rajasthan registered a two-run win against Punjab Kings after the start of the second leg of the IPL in the UAE, while they suffered a crushing 33-run defeat against table-toppers Delhi Capitals on Saturday.
Hyderabad team, on the other hand, were defeated by Delhi Capitals and Punjab by eight wickets and five runs respectively. Rajasthan team would like to capitalize on their chances against Hyderabad in the match against the teams ranked at the bottom of the table. In the first leg of the league in India, Rajasthan defeated Hyderabad by 55 runs.
Batsmen are disappointed
Rajasthan’s bowling unit continued with their impressive performance to restrict the strong Delhi side to 154 for six on Saturday, but in the batting department, everyone (70 not out) disappointed Samson. Young Yashasvi Jaiswal and Mahipal Lomror made excellent contributions with the bat against Punjab but both failed against Delhi. Liam Livingstone and David Miller also failed to partner Samson in the previous match. Same was the case with all-rounders Riyan Parag and Rahul Tevatia, who struggled to score runs.
bowlers did well
The pace trio of Mustafizur Rahman, young Karthik Tyagi and Chetan Sakaria have been impressive despite their lack of experience, while South Africa’s Tabrez Shamsi and Tewatia have done well in the spin department. On the other hand, the current season has been very disappointing for Hyderabad. The team has lost eight out of nine matches so far. Neither the team is getting the support of the batsmen nor their bowlers are running.