RR stronger on paper
- No availability concerns for either team
- Sunrisers Hyderabad have a weak spin attack, while Rajasthan Royals have an experienced spin duo
Rajasthan Royals have a strong batting line-up, especially among their top five batters, and a good bowling attack, making them favourites with odds of 1.72 to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first game of the season.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad had an underwhelming auction and have several loopholes in their squad. They have odds of 2.06 to win the match, but will need their best batters to put together brilliant performances to do so.
Close overall and recent record
In IPL history, RR have won seven of the 15 head to head games while SRH have one win more than that. In the last three IPL editions, both teams faced off twice each and won one game apiece. It’s been that close!
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RR are the stronger side on good batting wickets because of their top-order and are favorites to win this one.
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With full strength teams available, both sides will look to put out their best XI from the word go. The battle will be between SRH’s quick bowlers, who are strong on paper, and RR’s versatile top five in the batting line-up.
Keep an eye on…
Nicholas Pooran: The left-hander is an excellent player of spin and struggles only against high pace, something Rajasthan Royals do not have at their disposal outside the slightly wayward Prasidh Krishna.
Jos Buttler: With more batting security down the order, Jos Buttler could kill it at the top of the order for Rajasthan Royals and could be a game-changer.
TIP: Rajasthan Royals have a reliable and strong opening pair. Back Rajasthan at 1.92 to have a better score when the first wicket falls!