In the 40th Match of the Dream11 IPL, two teams still fighting for the playoff spot Rajasthan Royals will take on Sunrisers Hyderbad in Dubai. Round one of their contest this year was won by the Royals on the back of an incredible partnership between Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag but the match was in the grab of Hyderabad for a long long time. Both the teams have come a long way from that game as RR are batting with a different batting order now while SRH have some new bowlers. As we all know the tussle for the 4 playoff spots has got closer as the tournament is coming towards its business end. Teams need to win every game from here on to have an outright chance of qualification and hence, this game number 40 holds a big importance in the context of the tournament.
In this article, we take a look at some players battle which might define the result of the game.
Jos Buttler vs Rashid Khan
Jos Buttler was the main protagonist of the Royals last win against CSK and SRH knows he is the main threat among all the batsmen of RR. Buttler must also be aware of his poor record against SRH and Rashid Khan who has got him 4 times in just 10 balls. For all of those who are unaware about their match-up, Rashid has bowled 10 balls to him and he has got him out 4 times conceding just 4 runs. It’s a battle heavily dominated by Rashid and with Buttler batting in the middle order, Rashid will have a fair crack at dismissing his bunny for 5th time today.
David Warner vs Jofra Archer
If somebody tells you to watch out for one more bunny alert, do watch the contest between David Warner and Jofra Archer. The left handed Aussie is expected to play as an opener today since Williamson might be either fit to bat at 3 or might be out of the playing 11 due to injury. Warner was dismissed by Archer himself in the round 1 battle and the stakes will be higher this time too since the right arm fast bowler is in tremendous form with the ball. Apart from IPL, he has dismissed Warner twice in T20 internationals, twice in ODIs and thrice in Test cricket which only shows Warner has got one nemesis in the form of Jofra Archer.
Jonny Bairstow vs Shreyas Gopal
After a couple of bunny battles between four high class players, this one is a low key battle but a very important one in the context of the match. SRH opener Jonny Bairstow isn’t known among the best players of playing spin, particularly leg spin and although his record against Shreyas Gopal is no way horrible but he will get properly tested by the leggie today if these two come across each other. Bairstow has scored 21 runs in 21 balls he has faced off him while Gopal has dismissed him once in the IPL so far. If Bairstow manages to play Gopal well, he can take the game away from Rajasthan Royals.