Mumbai : The fifth match of the 15th season of the IPL season started between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field. Both the teams will try to start the season with a win. Rajasthan’s performance in the last few seasons has not been very good. The team was at the bottom of the points table. Last year Rajasthan Royals changed the captain. But it hasn’t changed much.
Sunrisers team will try to forget the last season and start afresh. Hyderabad have strengthened their batting this year and have included many players who can play matches on their own. Rajasthan also has many legendary T20 players. The first match of the season in Pune is going to be very exciting, as the bowling of both the teams is strong.
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The Pune pitch helps the spin bowlers. The matches played on this pitch have always been dominated by spin bowlers. The first innings average is 153, while the second innings average is 128. Smaller scores are scored on the field in Pune as compared to the three grounds in Mumbai. Here 165 in the first innings is considered good.
The playing XI of both the teams is as follows-
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (w/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Famous Krishna.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (C), Nicholas Pooran (W), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Romario Shepherd, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik.
Story first published: Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 19:09 [IST]