Our expert tipster has cast their eye over the upcoming match between the Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first of two games this Sunday in the Indian Premier League. He’s taken a look at both teams, and feels a win for the Sunrisers is the more likely outcome.
Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Live on Sky Sports Cricket
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If you’re an historian, you’ll be struggling to separate these teams based on past meetings and their recent poor form. The teams have had similarly poor starts to the year, so it’s pretty difficult to pick a favourite. Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians before finally getting a win at the fourth time of asking against another seriously struggling side in the Punjab Kings. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Royals lost to the Punjab Kings on opening day, before beating the Delhi Capitals and losing again to Chennai Super Kings. There’s never an easy game to call in the Indian Premier League, and this is one of those where picking a winner is so difficult that even our win percentage calculator is struggling to make a clear recommendation.
Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad Odds
The Sunrisers Hyderabad are slight favourites on account of their latest win, coming in at a price of 4/5. The Rajasthan Royals are 20/21 underdogs. This match has never ended in a draw, so we would recommend not looking for too long at the wide 14/1 price on that outcome.
Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad Tips
We’ve taken a look at the data, and this game is truly a toss-up. They’ve played 13 times and almost share the exact same amount of wins and losses. Sunrisers Hyderabad have the slight edge with 7 wins while the Royals have six. Last year and the one before, they split the series, so we honestly find it difficult to pick a winner. We do think that Jonny Bairstow will continue his good form for SRH and will be their top batsman on the day.
Jonny Bairstow to be Sunrisers Hyderabad’ top batsman – 5/2
The 31-year-old Englishman has been top batsman twice already this season, and we fancy him to continue that form in this one.
Rajasthan Royals squad
Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad
David Warner (captain), Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jason Roy
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*Odds are subject to change.