After the first two excruciating days of the 11th edition of the Indien Premier League (IPL), the third day is again expected to be set on fire as the two captain-hit squads Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Both teams have lost their prime players, David Warner and Steve Smith because of the recent ball-tampering controversy in Cape Town. However, on paper still both the teams are looking pretty balanced and can be a strong contender to lift the trophy this year. Let us look at the five players of the match who will be worth watching.
1. Manish Pandey
Until IPL 2017, Manish Pandey was the go-to man for the Kolkata base franchise but from this year he will be joining the orange army. In some of the recent matches, he played some brilliant knocks for Team India while batting in middle-overs as well as in the death overs. He is no less than an asset for any T20 team in the world. In IPL 2018, he has to play a crucial role for Sunrisers especially in the absence of the veteran like David Warne. If he bats deep then more often than not SRH will end up getting over the line and he is expected to do the same in the tournament opener as well.