Rajasthan and Hyderabad have been quite disappointing in IPL 2021 so far. They occupy the bottom two spots on the league table and have struggled to find any kind of consistency so far. The fact that they are both playing badly makes Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2021 quite important. The tournament is just about at the halfway stage and there is a lot of cricket still to be played so things could change. Rajasthan has played a more or less unchanged playing eleven in its matches while Hyderabad has not been shy of making changes. This is going to be the second match that these teams play in Delhi and so will have a better idea of the conditions as well.
Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
Rajasthan Royals is an aggressive batting team at its best with a lot of power-hitters. The fact is that the team has failed to use its resources wisely or has been hamstrung by some injuries to key players. There is no doubt, though, that the team has a strong batting lineup that is capable of getting some big scores or chasing them down if needed. A clear weakness for Rajasthan so far has been its bowling. They lack a quality spin-bowling option and the fast-bowlers have struggled to keep the opposition batsmen in check as well.
Hyderabad probably picked its strongest team for the first time in the tournament! Its batting is strong but a lack of intent at the top is hurting it. The reliance on the overseas batsmen is very obvious and this can be seen both as a weakness and a strength. The day that the big-name players perform, Sunrisers will be hard to stop but a couple of early wickets can expose a weak middle-order. In terms of bowling, Hyderabad definitely has a better attack than Rajasthan but it has been unable to have the sort of effect that was expected.
Players in form
Sanju Samson played a good inning in the previous match and Jos Buttler started to find some form as well. If these two can play well against Hyderabad then Rajasthan has a real chance of winning. Shivam Dube has also been quite good in the middle-overs and is able to hit sixes with regularity. Among the bowlers, Chetan Sakariya has been the best and most consistent bowler for Rajasthan so far.
Jonny Bairstow is in terrific form and bats at a very quick rate whenever he is at the crease. Kane Williamson is also in very good form, yet somehow keeps being underrated season after season! Manish Pandey got some runs to his name will be someone to watch out for again. Rashid Khan is easily the best bowler on the Hyderabad side but needs more support to be effective.
This is a day match that is going to be played in Delhi. Not too much of a difference will be seen in terms of batting conditions for the two teams. Teams have been able to score well and that should continue in this match as well.
- There have been 13 matches played between the two teams with Hyderabad winning seven of them and Rajasthan six
- Rajasthan has never won a match batting first against Sunrisers while four of Hyderabad's victories against Rajasthan have come batting first
- Manish Pandey averages 53.75 against Rajasthan while Kane Williamson averages 49.33
The two teams appear quite evenly matched on the face of things and this is why the match could be decided by small things. The batting lineup is quite strong for both teams and the performance of the top-3 will dictate the winner. With Jos Buttler now returning to form, Rajasthan may be able to get the start that it needs t get a big score and then press for a win.
Winner: Rajasthan Royals (1.95)