Both these sides put up forgettable performances last year in the IPL.
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The fifth match of the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will witness the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) outfit locking horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) side in Pune. Both these sides had a forgettable previous season.
While the Rajasthan Royals finished at the seventh place on the table after winning only five out of their 14 rubbers, the Sunrisers Hyderabad outfit ended the league stages at the last place, posting just three wins in 14 games in IPL 2021.
Both sides strengthened their batting and bowling armours in the 2022 IPL mega auction. Needless to say, after a poor outing last year, both these sides will want to commence the 15th edition of the IPL with a win.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 5
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: 29th March 2022, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney + Hotstar
The bounce will be true in Pune, and the batters can get rewarded for their stroke-play. The ball will move around in the initial overs, but this is a pitch where batters can score runs. We can expect a high-scoring contest here.
Probable Playing XIs for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (C), Nicholas Pooran (WK), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler (WK), Sanju Samson (C), Shimron Hetmyer/Rassie van der Dussen, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the match: Sanju Samson
If Sanju Samson gets going, it means that the opposition will be in trouble. A batter blessed with the ability to pick the gaps with precision and also clear the boundaries at will, Samson was the highest run-getter for the ‘Men in Pink’ in IPL 2021, plundering 484 runs at an average of above 40.
Probable best bowler of the match: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is a wily bowler who can outfox the batter with his skills. Ashwin is hugely experienced in IPL cricket and has featured in 167 matches in his career. The 35-year-old has taken 145 wickets and has also leaked runs at an economy rate of less than seven runs per over in his IPL career.
Match Prediction: Rajasthan Royals to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.