Rajasthan Royals will host SunRisers Hyderabad in the match 40 of IPL 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. The race to a final spot in the IPL 2020 playoffs have become stiffer after some fine performance from KXIP. The Jaipur franchise are currently sixth in the table with eight points while SRH are seventh with six points.
Rajasthan Royals will expect Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to get them off to a good start. Their top order including the likes of Sanju Samson and Steve Smith have been inconsistent in the IPL 2020 thus far. Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag will play important roles in the middle-order while fast bowler Jofra Archer will spearhead the bowling department.
Ben Stokes has matured as a cricketer ever since his involvement in the Bristol Night Club brawl. He had a phenomenal 2019 where he stood out as the hero for England in their World Cup triumph followed by a phenomenal performance in the Headingley Ashes. Stokes arguably continues to be the best all-rounder in the cricketing circuit.
Jos Buttler is one of the finest batsman in limited-overs. He can play the role of a sheet anchor for Rajasthan Royals and guide them to a big total or help them chase down targets. Buttler will also have the onus to do well for the side as captain Steve Smith has looked out of touch in the previous games.
Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith will open the batting along side Yashasvi Jaiswal to make a perfect left-right combination at the top of the order. Smith looked in fine touch in the inaugural match as he scored 69 runs off 47 deliveries and will look to play in similar fashion in the next game.
Sanju Samson is a match-winner. He has been consistent in this format and proved to be the difference in the inaugural match for Rajasthan Royals. Samson will be expected to carry on his fine run in the next match of the IPL 2020 to help his side clinch back to back victories in IPL 2020
Robin Uthappa is playing his first season for RR. He was played as an opener for KKR on most occasions. In the previous match batting at No.5, Uthappa could only contribute 5 runs. He will however look to comeback stronger and use his experience to the fore in the upcoming match against KXIP.
Rahul Tewatia is an experienced domestic spinner and he made the ball do the talking in the previous match. Tewatia will once again be the darkhorse for Rajasthan Royals as he can pick up crucial wickets for the side with his brilliance.
Young Riyan Parag has the ability to clear the ropes with his batting ability. He had shown the same in the previous edition of the IPL. Parag however could not perform to his best in the previous game but will look to comeback stronger and make it count for his side.
England all-rounder Tom Curran will be an important part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise throughout the tournament. Curran can bat lower-down the order and add crucial runs to the team tally and also return back stronger to pick up early wickets.
England fast bowler Jofra Archer will spearhead the Rajasthan Royals bowling attack. He will be a crucial cog in the side and will be looking to pick up early wickets. Archer will also be important with the bat for RR as he proved in the previous match that he can score some quick fire knocks.
Shreyas Gopal will look to weave his magic with the ball for Rajasthan Royals. He had a good run for the franchise in the previous season but could not replicate the same in the first match for the side. Gopal will however look to comeback stronger and prove himself on the slow pitches in UAE.
Jaydev Unadkat will be one of the fast bowlers for Rajasthan Royals. But his performance for the side has been questionable. Unadkat returned with an economy of 11 runs per over in the previous match and will look to improve himself and pick up valuable wickets for his side.