It is a long tournament where a win or a loss in the initial stages shouldn’t matter. But look closely at the standings of the Rajasthan Royals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who will meet in the first of the two games of the Indian Premier League 2020 on October 11, in the points table and you will know the difference a win can make.
Both teams are separated by just one win but on the points table, Royal’s stand second from the bottom. The Sunrisers who were among the top three until Saturday has been pushed to number five after Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings. The points table increasingly looks like the shifting sands of UAE where this year’s edition is being played.
SRH captain David Warner has shown the typical Australian resilience by being indifferent to his seasoned pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence from the tournament. Smith also knows that Warner doesn’t like facing RR trump card Jofra Archer in white-ball cricket. The England pacer has got the better of the Australian batsman on all five occasions during the recent ODI and T20 series.
WHAT: IPL 2020, Match 26
WHEN: October 11, 3:30 PM IST
TELECAST: Star Sports Network
LIVE STREAMING: Disney + Hotstar
Probable Playing XI:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Varun Aaron/Jaydev Unadkat
SRH has won 3 and lost 3 of their 6 matches in the tournament while RR after starting the competition with a bang with two wins in their first two matches have lost four in a row. Rajasthan Royals: RR has royally fallen down after their smashing wins in their first two matches of the tournament in Sharjah. They have lost 4 matches in a row and are currently languishing at number 7 in the points table.