Live Scores and Stats – IPL 2022 SRH vs RR, 5th Match
Williamson set to start for SRH
New Zealand captain Williamson is suffering from a nagging elbow injury because of which he missed New Zealand’s entire home summer. However, he is all set to start for SRH.
That said, if Kane Williamson misses a few games for the franchise, Aiden Markram is likely to fill the captaincy void if tried and tested Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not given that responsibility.
The all-round presence of West Indian big hitter Romario Shepherd does provide them with some flair but that is offset by the lack of a quality Indian spin bowling option apart from Washington Sundar.
Hyderabad’s Indian pace bowling core
In the bowling department as well, there is an air of uncertainty with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik and T Natarajan being their leading Indian pace bowling options.
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Natarajan have a history of breaking down mid season, for all his pace, Umran Malik is quite experienced and moreover untested at this level.
Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad will have to step up to the plate and apply some finishing touches if Hyderabad are to reach the playoffs this time around. The form of middle-order basher Nicholas Pooran will be crucial for SRH.
Jaiswal and Buttler to open for RR
Given that he was retained by Rajasthan, Yashasvi Jaiswal should open the batting alongside Jos Buttler. Devdutt Padikkal will then have to bat at number 3 but that will need the Karnataka batter to reinvent his game a little bit as he struggled to amp up the run scoring in the middle overs last year.
Looks like Sanju Samson will have to contend with the number four spot. Naturally, as the captain of the side, he will have to take a lot more responsibility.
Shimron Hetmyer will be in the role of the finisher and is likely to bat at number 5.
Coulter-Nile vs Neesham
For the role of the pace bowling all-rounder, Rajasthan have three good options in Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell and Nathan Coulter-Nile. If they need a bowling all-rounder, Rajasthan should go for Coulter-Nile. If they pick either of Neesham or Mitchell, their death bowling can suffer.
Rajasthan Royals have an important buy in New Zealand bowler Trent Boult. The Kiwi will need some swing on offer to be effective as in the absence of swing, the Royals’ bowling line up can go for plenty.
RR have quality Indian spinners
RR will expect Prasidh Krishna to pick up wickets for them but the lanky pacer is the most effective in the middle overs and leaks runs both at the top and at the death. More or less, the same is the case with Navdeep Saini.
In such a situation, experienced Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal will not only have to bowl dry but also affect dismissals on regular intervals if Rajasthan Royals are to make it to the playoffs of IPL 2022.
Rajasthan Royals (Possible playing XI): Jos Buttler(overseas keeper), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain), Shimron Hetmyer (overseas), Nathan Coulter-Nile (overseas), Ravi Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult (overseas), Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Possible playing XI): Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Kane Williamson(captain), Nicholas Pooran, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik