IPL 2019 | Sensational display grants RR much-deserved victory over SRH

Match 45 and it is a clash between Rajasthan and Hyderabad in the former's den. The hosts are hanging by a thin thread in the race for qualification after their narrow win against Kolkata. They have found a gem in the 17-year-old, Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer once again stepped up to the occasion for them, this time though with the bat. One would believe, the former has surely sealed his spot in the XI for the remainder of the season. However, they would miss the services of the latter along with Ben Stokes as the two will be heading for national duties. Jofra though will be more of a miss as he has been the go-to man for Rajasthan with the ball while Ben Stokes wasn't too influential in this edition. Still, those are two big boots to fill in and Rajasthan will have to find the players of similar caliber to replace them. They might just get in Ish Sodhi to replace the pacer and one of Ashton Turner or Liam Livingstone in place of the Big Ben. These three mentioned players though haven't performed too well in the limited opportunities they got. Rajasthan will have to up their game as they are against a strong Hyderabad side. Agreed, the orange team will be without Jonny Bairstow but they have Kane Williamson who is also a top-class player. The Kiwi in all likelihood would directly slot into the XI and also take over the captaincy. The touring party head into this game on the back of a defeat but Manish Pandey coming back to form is a big positive for them. Wriddhiman Saha might also get a chance in place of either Yusuf Pathan or Deepak Hooda as suggested by Bairstow in an interview. Also, it will be interesting to see if Shakib Al Hasan keeps his place or Mohammad Nabi, who has done quite well this season, replaces him. Their bowling took a pounding in the last game but overall it has done a decent job in this edition and hence we don't expect too many changes in that department. Despite playing in unfamiliar conditions, the visitors are the favourites heading into the game as the pink team has not performed too well in front of their home crowd in 2019. A win here will help Hyderabad stay in the top 4 while Rajasthan winning will keep their hopes alive. Both the sides have plenty on the line and we can expect another excellent contest.