SRH VS RR – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 4th match of IPL 2018 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.
The fourth fixture of IPL will see a settled Sunrisers Hyderabad side taking on the returning Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on 9 April.
While Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers will look to start afresh in the absence of David Warner, the visitors who are making a comeback after the two-year suspension, will be seeking a bright start under Ajinkya Rahane sans Smith.
Sunrises Hyderabad Team News
In the latest update, the SRH team owners have roped in the English opener Alex Hales in place of suspended David Warner. The right-hander is highly likely to open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan in the upcoming clash against Rajasthan.
The formula of playing quite a few young turks has been working fairly well so far with the franchises. Therefore, skipper Williamson could also experiment with Tanmay Agarwal as a surprise pick. Besides, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Deepak Hooda and Shakib Al Hasan will bolster the SRH middle order along with a power-packed bowling line-up.
In Bhuvneshwar Kumar, SRH can count on an exceptional opening bowler who is also a death over specialist. Complementing him could be two young Indian seamers – Basil Thampi and Siddarth Kaul. Rashid Khan will be their x-factor against the pinch hitters such as Ben Stokes, Darcy Short and Jos Buttler.
Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Deepak Hooda, Shakib al Hasan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul
Rajasthan Royals Team News
Ajinkya Rahane is back in blue colors. The absence of Steve Smith could have been a matter of concern, but the presence of Rahane has soothed Rajasthan nerves effectively.
The explosive Australian batsman Darcy Short will be looking to replicate his BBL performance in the upcoming IPL edition. The Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Darcy Short will be a battle to watch out for. Besides, all eyes will be on speedster Jofra Archer who is entering his maiden IPL season.
Rajasthan’s two most expensive buys – Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat – bring in a plethora of variety and strength to the table, while Proteas wicket-keeper Heinrich Klassen, having replaced Smith in the squad could have to wait make his debut for the Royals.
Darcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Ankit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni
Top Funtasy Picks
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rashid Khan – The leg-spinner is never out of form, when it comes to bowling leggies. He is probably the most dangerous bowler of the side and should atleast pick a couple of wickets in the game.
Rajasthan Royals: Ben Stokes – Well, the English all-rounder doesn’t require any major introduction. Stokes is likely to contribute with both bat and ball against Hyderabad.
Punt Pick: Jofra Archer – The tall seamer is expected to make the most of his IPL debut. His fiery thunderbolts might make early inroads in the SRH batting line-up.