Rajasthan Royals have won two of their six matches so far while Sunrisers Hyderabad have one win in six matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have defeated Kane Williamson in the lead role, replacing David Warner to take on the struggling Rajasthan Royals like him here on Sunday.
In a surprise move, SRH on Saturday removed Australian batsman Warner from the captaincy as they have lost five of their six matches in this IPL season.
The Royals are not doing any better as they have managed to win only two of the six matches played. No wonder the Royals are ranked seventh, just above SRH.
SRH are going down in Sunday’s match after losing their last two matches, including a Super Over defeat against Chennai Super Kings.
SRH rely heavily on their top order – Warner, Johnny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Williamson – but they did not fire simultaneously. His middle order is without a solid batsman.
There is a possibility that Warner may be ruled out of the playing eleven and West Indies captain Jason Holder is likely to replace him.
Warner has scored 3, 54, 36, 37, 6 and 57 in his six innings.
Englishman Johnny Bairstow has also struggled while Williamson has scored 66 runs in just three matches, which is not his highest.
The Kiwi batsman and Pandey, who scored two half-centuries in four matches, played a key role for SRH if their opener failed to give a good start.
The poor quality of Indian talent has also been banned by the Sunrisers.
In the bowling department, much depends on Afghan spinner Rashid Khan and he is doing a good job, if not excellent, with nine wickets from six matches. But he is not getting enough support from his bowling colleagues.
India’s senior fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took just three wickets in four matches. He did not play the last two matches of SRH. He again suffered a thigh strain against the Punjab Kings.
The Sanju Samson-led RR lacks consistency. He recorded his first win in his second game and lost his next two matches before winning again – against Kolkata Knight Riders.
In their last match against Mumbai Indians, the top order did a good job scoring 171 for 4 wickets but their bowling disappointed them. He allowed MI batsmen to score independently to lose by seven wickets with nine balls to spare.
RR has a lot of issues, especially in the absence of major foreign players such as Joffra Archer and Ben Stokes.
His batting depends heavily on Samson, but the inconsistent captain did not score 119 runs in the opening match. His knock of 42 was his best thereafter. Opener Jose Butler is yet to score a half-century in six matches.
The middle order is scoring just one half-century in five matches with David Miller, while Ryan Parag has been dismissed for 25 runs.
In the bowling department, Chris Morris is performing brilliantly with 11 wickets in six million matches, but he cannot shoulder the team alone.
Rahul Tewatia has also not returned as expected with just one wicket in six matches. Senior paceman Jaydev Unadkat has four wickets in four matches, while Bangladesh import Mustafizur Rahman has played five of the six matches.
Young Chetan Sakaria has taken seven wickets from the Royals’ six matches.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Rian Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahendra Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Karthik Tyagi, Shivam Tyagi, Shivam Das. Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakaria, KC Kariyappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Akbar Singh.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Johnny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan , Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khalil Ahmed, Siddartha Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagdish Suchit, Kedar Jadhav, David Warner, Mujib-ur-Rehman.
The match will begin at 3:30 pm.