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After beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their own backyard, Rajasthan Royals will return home to keep their chances afloat of making it to the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) edition when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium today.
Royals are currently placed at the seventh spot with eight points from 11 games and would be looking to take confidence from their three-wicket win at the Eden Gardens in their last encounter.
However, they would be missing the likes of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer who have flown back to England to join the national side for the World Cup camp.
On the other hand, SRH, placed at the fourth spot with five wins from 10 games, would want to leave behind the six-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and return to winning ways.
They would dearly miss Jonny Bairstow who has done the bulk of their scoring alongside David Warner. It is expected that New Zealand's Martin Guptill will be included in the playing XI. They would also be hoping for the return of their regular skipper Kane Williamson, who was missed in their last game on account of both his batting and captaincy.
Rajasthan, have some stars in their rank with the likes of Steve Smith and Sanju Samson. However, both of them have failed to live up to expectations, although Smith is coming into his own off late. At the same time, he is at his peak performance, which is why it would be the perfect time to pick Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson.
From the Hyderabadi team, picking Kane Williamson and David Warner would be a wise decision. Kane Williamson is a well performing opening batsman and could be a wild card and having a great player by your side can never go wrong. David Warner is an explosive batsman with more than just a few tricks up his sleeve. Apart from them, Shakib Al Hasan is another consistent spin bowler you've got to pick.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (C), Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan/Mohammad Nabi, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.