Ex-champions Sunrisers Hyderabad face the challenge of another former winners Rajasthan Royals in Match 4 of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Both teams became victims of the ball-tampering controversy that took place in Cape Town, as the original captains of the two franchises, both Aussies, had to be replaced.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have replaced the disgraced David Warner as captain with Kiwi Kane Williamson. The New Zealand captain could do a decent job as he leads the national team as well. Sunrisers have a few match-winners in their midst, with the likes of opener Shikhar Dhawan and IPL specialist Manish Pandey. Yusuf Pathan may have lost his mojo, but he could still make an impact. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Carlos Brathwaite are the other important faces in the team.
For Rajasthan Royals, newly-appointed skipper Ajinkya Rahane will have the massive task of ensuring his team gets over the big loss of Steve Smith. He will need to lead from the front. In the likes of , Heinrich Klaasen, D’Arcy Short, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, Rajasthan have a few Royal players, so they could upset a few equations.
Played 7. Rajasthan Royals won 4, Sunrisers Hyderabad won 3
Head-to-head Record at Hyderabad
Played 1. Sunrisers Hyderabad won 1
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 9, 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson (capt), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Nabi, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Chris Jordan, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
The Royal XI are here!
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 9, 2018
Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klaasen, Stuart Binny, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, Gowtham Krishnappa, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Shreyas Gopal, MS Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Jatin Saxena, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Dushmanta Chameera