Rajasthan look to take home advantage

Tyler Owen
April 12, 2018

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on Mumbai Indians (MI) in Match 7 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 at Hyderabad.

Wriddhiman Saha might be given another chance to open the innings against Mumbai, however, if he fails once again, we might see him drop down the order for the remaining games.

Brilliant batting from opener Shikhar Dhawan (77 not out) helped Sunrisers Hyderabad outplay Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Monday. Without David Warner, their highest run-getter in each of the previous three seasons, it was a fearless call from new Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson to field first and his bowlers justified that call in style.

Dhawan has been on top form as he took it upon himself to lead from the front with an unbeaten 77 as skipper Kane Williamson, who wasn't a regular in the playing XI until previous year, played ideal second fiddle as SRH beat Rajasthan Royals by 9 wickets.

Mumbai Indians were doing perfectly fine in their opening match against Chennai Super Kings and had the match all sealed after reducing them to the score of 84/6 while chasing 166.

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Both teams would want to quickly erase the opening game from their memory, but they would do well to take learnings of deficiencies in that game and work towards fixing them. Rajasthan lost the toss and was put to bat first. He has proved to be extremely consistent with the bat over the past year or so and will hope to provide stability to SRH's middle-order this season. But Daredevils head coach Ricky Ponting wouldn't be too perturbed as he believes that the "fresh group" of players have the potential to carry forward the team. Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey will are ideal in the middle order while their bowling line-up is one of the deadliest this season.

As a result, they have some exciting new faces in the IPL such as D'Arcy Short and Jofra Archer joining a talented bunch of Indian players.

You can even watch the match online of Hotstar/ Airtel TV/ Jio TV.

SunRisers Hyderabad retained Bhuvneshwar Kumar and used right to match card to re-sign Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Hooda and Rashid Khan at the Player Auction.

Billy Stanlake bowled consistently quick and troubled the opposition batsmen in the first match. Markande finished with figures of 3-23 from his 4 overs, which included the wicket of MS Dhoni. While Dhawan has been in sensational form, SRH will need Williamson to get out of the slump that he is in if they are to have a solid season this time around. His returns of two for 17 were one of the key reasons behind the impressive performance of Hyderabad against Rajasthan.

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