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.
SRH will expect David Warner and Jonny Bairstow to lay the foundation in the batting department. Manish Pandey will be a key batsman at the top of the order while T Natarajan and Rashid Khan will be important the bowling department. A win will be important for both the teams to stay alive in the race to playoffs.
IPL 2020 Match 40: Rajasthan Royals vs SunRisers Hyderabad: Weather Forecast
The major concern playing in the UAE will be heat. A lot of foreign players are not habituated to playing in such conditions. However, local Indian players might tackle the heat as they have played under such conditions in the sub-continent.
The weather on the match day is predicted to remain around 28 to 26 degree celsius. As the day, progresses, the temperature might give slight relief to the players who are in for an evening start with the match.
Toss also becomes a major concern in the IPL 2020 due to this situation even though in the shortest format it doesn’t plays a big role. Humidity during the latter part of the match makes it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball. The season has so far seen that the team’s batting first have won most number of matches.