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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals Match Preview, IPL 2022, Match 05, SRH vs RR



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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals Match Preview, IPL 2022, Match 05, SRH vs RR. Sunrisers Hyderabad would be hoping to turn the tables around after having a horrendous campaign in IPL 2021 where they finished last in the group stage and clinch their second trophy after IPL 2016. The ‘Orange Army’ will kick start their campaign against inaugural IPL 2008 winner Rajasthan Royals on 29th March at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. 

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Sunrisers Hyderabad surprised many with their retentions ahead of the IPL 2022 auction. The Hyderabad based franchise picked skipper Kane Williamson from New Zealand, young all-rounder Abdul Samad and fiery uncapped pacer Umran Malik as the three retentions.

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals Match Preview, IPL 2022, Match 05, SRH vs RR

Sunrisers Hyderabad- Team News

Sunrisers Hyderabad had an impressive auction as they picked some sensational young talents and their auction strategy depicted they formed a core group for coming years. 

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Coming to their first match of the IPL 2022 against Rajasthan Royals, they have all players available barring Australia fast bowler Sean Abbott, The pacer will be engaged in the white-ball series against Pakistan and will miss the first three games for the franchise.

Sean Abbott
Sean Abbott (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sunrisers Hyderabad is likely to open with Abhishek Sharma, who impressed many last seasons batting at the same position. It is expected that he will be partnered with Rahul Tripathi at the top. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad Skipper Kane Williamson along with wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram are most likely to bay at 3,4 and 5 respectively. They will be followed by all-rounders in Abdul Samad and Washington Sundar, who will also handle the spin department. Whereas the likes of Marco Jansen, T Natarajan and Umran Malik are expected to be the three fast bowlers in the lineup. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad Probable Playing XI: Aiden Markram, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik

Rajasthan Royals Team News

Rajasthan Royals is one team that is not affected by the international series going on between England and West Indies. As they don’t have any Cricket Australia contracted players, their first choice playing XI remains intact.

Sanju Samson is set to lead Rajasthan Royals (RR) for the second season in a row as the inaugural champions look to better their run from the past few seasons in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The Rajasthan Royals, who finished 7th out of the participating 8 teams last season, have revamped their squad after three good retentions followed by some fantastic additions at the IPL 2022 mega auction.

Ahead of the auction, Rajasthan Royals released players like Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes but retained their successful opening pair Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal along with skipper Sanju Samson. With the presence of Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson, the Rajasthan Royals’ top order was sorted.

Then Rajasthan Royals added the likes of in-form batters in the likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Daryl Mitchell, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Karun Nair and Shimron Hetmyer to stack the options with the balance of left and right-hand combinations.

Ravichandran Ashwin Yuzvendra Chahal
Ravichandran Ashwin Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

Their batting looks solid on paper and their bowling seems sorted with the addition of India’s top spin bowling options in Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. While pacers Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult are expected to spearhead the bowling, Navdeep Saini, James Neesham and Nathan Coulter-Nile will be playing the supporting role.

Sanju Samson has delivered under pressure most of the time, but the wicketkeeper-batter won only 5 of the 14 matches when he led Royals last season. Apart from an in-form West Indies batter Shimron Hetmyer and to some extent Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham, Rajasthan Royals lack that one player who can consistently finish games and put an element of fear in the opposition.

Rajasthan Royals Probable XI:  Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain/wicketkeeper), Shimron Hetmyer, James Neesham, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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