Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will square off against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the match no. 4 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday (April 2). While RR will be led by their regular skipper Sanju Samson, the Hyderabad-based team will be captained by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the absence of newly appointed skipper Aiden Markram who is not available for the SRH’s opening game due to international commitments.
Rajasthan had a great IPL season last year and finished the league as first runner-ups after losing the final to eventual champions Gujarat Titans (GT). Whereas SRH ended the league stage of IPL 2022 at the eighth position and failed to reach the playoffs. Notably, RR’s Jos Buttler finished the last year’s IPL as the highest run-scorer and amassed 863 runs for his team in 17 matches.
Rajasthan-based side will enter the field with full confidence and an aim to register a win in their first game. Meanwhile, Hyderabad will also look to start the 16th edition of the league on a good note.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is a high-scoring venue, and the track here helps the batters. However, spinners would also receive some assistance from the pitch as the game progresses. The average first-inning score at the Hyderabad situated ground is 196.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Mayank Agarwal, Harry Brook, Rahul Tripathi, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Washington Sundar, Glenn Phillips (wk), T Natarajan, Akeal Hosein, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Umran Malik
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Joe Root, Sanju Samson (wk/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Kuldeep Sen, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal
Played: 16 | SRH won: 08 | RR won: 08 | No result: 0
- SRH wins the toss and bowls first
- Powerplay score: 55-60
- RR total: 195-200
- RR wins the toss and bowls first
- Powerplay score: 45-55
- SRH total: 190-195
Team bowling first to win the contest.
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