IPL 2018, Match 28: RR vs SRH - Match preview, head-to-head, pitch report & key stats
The inaugural champions, Rajasthan Royals, will be up against the 2016 champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad, for the 28th match of the season.
Rajasthan Royals will be entering the clash with a win in their previous encounter against Mumbai Indians. They would be riding high on confidence after a fantastic finish by Krishnappa Gowtham which helped them in their cause against MI. With a home encounter scheduled for them, RR would be hoping to strengthen their place in the top four of the points table.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers from Hyderabad would be boasting their quality bowling lineup which has restricted quality teams under a stipulated margin. Coming on the back of a win in their previous encounter, Sunrisers would be contemplating a yet another win against the RR.
Thus, it will prove to be a crucial encounter for both the teams.
Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match 28 Details:
Match Date: 29 April 2018, Sunday
Match Timing: 16:00 IST, 10:30 AM GMT
Match Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India
Expected Crowd Turnout: With a home clash scheduled for RR, the game is expected to be a house-full with a proposed crowd turnout of 26,700.
The rain is expected to stay away from the game as there is no forecast of rain. The temperature will clock around 43 degree Celsius with a humidity of 9%. Thus, it is expected to be a hot day in Jaipur.
The SMS (Sawai Mansingh Stadium) track is considered to be one of the best batting surfaces. During the game against MI, a good batting wicket was on offer as well. However, the track will assist the spinners as the game unfolds.
RR 4 - SRH 4.
When these two teams met earlier this season, Sunrisers Hyderabad registered an emphatic 9-wicket win.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) IPL 2018 Squad:
Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (WK), Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Ish Sodhi, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Ajinkya Rahane (C), and Heinrich Klassen.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) IPL 2018 Squad:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, and Alex Hales.
All the stats and numbers to look out ahead of the match No. 2 between RR and SRH:
6 – Ajinkya Rahane vs Bhuvneshwar: Rahane has got out to Bhuvneshwar six times - no other bowler has dismissed him more than thrice.
7.16 – SRH have the lowest economy rate (7.16) among all sides in IPL 2018.
7.66 – SRH have the lowest run rate among all sides in IPL 2018.
12 – Sanju Samson needs 12 more runs to become the fifth player to score 1000 runs for RR in IPL.
22 – Ajinkya Rahane, the Rajasthan Royals' skipper, needs 22 more runs to go past Shane Watson (2495 runs) to become the all-time leading run-scorer for RR in all T20s.
47 – Shikhar Dhawan needs 47 more runs to surpass AB de Villiers on the list of most IPL runs. Surpassinf de Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan will become the ninth highest run-scorer in the history of IPL.