The fourth match of the ongoing IPL 2023 will see Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royal (RR) take on each other at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad on April 2, 2023. Notably, the Hyderabad franchise will miss the service of their skipper Aiden Markram in the opening game due to international commitments as Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be seen leading the side in the meantime.
On the other hand, their bowing looks sorted at the moment with Kumar, T Natarajan and Umran Malik available. When it comes to the batters, Abhishek Sharma and Mayank Agarwal can give the team a flying start. Batting at number three, Rahul Tripathi too can play an aggressive brand of cricket while all eyes will be on Harry Brook, who has been terrific with the bat in all three formats of the game. Thus, even though Markram will miss the opening game, Hyderabad are in a great position at the moment.
When it comes to Rajasthan, the Sanju Samson-led side was one of the finalists last season and they can once again repeat the same. Jos Buttler at the top of the order can continue to wreak havoc while Yashasvi Jaiswal had a stellar season in domestic cricket this year and one can expect him to score big in the 16th edition of the IPL. Batting at number three, Sanju Samson has a point to prove. He will be eager to make his return to the Indian squad and thus, this season, he will look forward to playing some exceptional cricket.
Bowling too looks sorted. The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal can prove to be extremely dangerous while Trent Boult with the new ball can trouble Hyderabad batters. Thus, it’s going to be a cracker of a game when these two sides face each other.
SRH vs RR Match Details
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, 4th Match, IPL 2023
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Lucknow
Date & Time: Saturday, April 2, 3:30 PM IST
Telecast & Streaming Details: Star Sports Network and JioCinema
SRH vs RR Pitch Report:
The batters are likely to get some help from the surface while the captain winning the toss should elect to bowl first. Dew may play a role towards the fag end of the match. Notably, anything above 175 runs will be a good score on this wicket.
SRH vs RR Probable Playing XIs:
Abhishek Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Harry Brook, Glenn Phillips (wk), Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Adil Rashid, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Rajasthan Royals (RR):
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c/wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
SRH vs RR Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
Flamboyant opener Jos Buttler finished last season as the leading run-scorer of the tournament. He has the calibre to repeat it again and wreak havoc in Hyderabad. Notably, if he manages to get a good start, it will be a long and tough night for the Hyderabad bowlers.
Probable best bowler
Speedster Umran Malik was sensational in the last edition of the competition. This season, he will be eager to play a similar brand of cricket because if he once again manages to prove himself in the middle, the youngster can make his way into the national squad.