About the Match
The long league stage of IPL has gone by pretty quickly. Now is the time to do or die. In the first eliminator, the Royals from Rajasthan would be facing Sunrisers Hyderabd on 22nd May at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. It wasn’t expected from any of the two sides to make it thus far and now that they’ve done it, they’d be eyeing the big prize, the trophy. The loser of this game would be eliminated and the winner would have to go through the stern test again against the loser of first playoff. Sunrisers have looked impressive throughout in what was their first outing in Indian Premier League. Rajasthan Royals have been in the business end before and that was in 2008 when they went on to win the title. The two teams have given tough competition to each other in the league games and nothing short of a thriller is expected this time as well.
The men from Rajasthan have flourished under the leadership of Rahul Dravid. The youngsters like Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson have impressed one and all. Apart from those, the opening pair of Rahane and Dravid has done reasonably well barring the last few games. Watson has been in incredible form both with the bat and ball and is currently leading the MVP list. Faulkner has bowled impressively and is leading the race for the purple cap. In addition to that, in his two games against SRH, he has picked five wickets on both occasions. Their experiments with the batting order have surely let them down and they’d looking to get it right this time. Rajastha Royals is an underrated side which can beat any side on its day.
Their celebration after they qualified for the playoffs was worth watching which suggests how it can be for an underdog side to do so well. Sunrisers were underdogs right from the start and they’ve surprised one and all. The major reason for their stunning performance has been their bowling which has conceded least number of runs in whole IPL. Dale Steyn has been impressive as always well supported by Mishra and Ishant Sharma. Their batting has gained strength since the arrival of Shikhar Dhawan, but still needs improvement. Sammy has provided much needed balance to the side. They defended a modest total against Rajasthan Royals in their last game which to register a much needed win. Sunrisers are a good side, a side no one can afford to be complacent against.
Had we talked about the game between the two before the beginning of the season, it would have been termed as the clash of the underdogs, but now both the sides are looking well set to win the title. The winner of the two gets a step closer to the title but the question is which side is better? Both the teams have got the better of the other at home, but now the match is on a neutral venue, things would be different. The lack of experience in the batting department would certainly hurt Sunrisers Hyderabad in such a big game. On paper, Rajasthan Royals looks to be a better balanced side with deep and experienced batting order. Their bowling has done reasonably well and the Delhi pitch would be much like that of Jaipur. Cricket is the game of uncertainity, but I’d like to stay with the overall better side, Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals, 1.90 @ Bet365