The fourth game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will see Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) locking horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. This will be the afternoon game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Last year’s runners-up RR will be coming into the season as one of the top contenders to win the tournament. They have a balanced unit with the likes of Jos Buttler and Trent Boult leading the batting and bowling fronts, respectively.
The Royals are up against a similarly well-balanced team in Sunrisers Hyderabad in their backyard. Although they will be missing their skipper Aiden Markram, the Sunrisers have a strong Indian core, with the likes of Adil Rashid and star signing Harry Brook adding some much-needed firepower to their XI.
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Mayank Agarwal, Washington Sundar, and Umran Malik are among the crucial cogs from the SRH side while Ravichandran Ashwin, Buttler, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Boult are among the important players from the Royals. These two teams have met each other a total of 16 times in the IPL so far, where both teams won 8 games each. Another exciting contest is anticipated here between these two sides.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
SRH will be missing their newly-appointed captain Aiden Markram, pacer Marco Jansen and wicketkeeper-batter Heinrich Klaasen- All three from South Africa are busy with their national duties. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading the side in Markram’s absence. Mayank Agarwal as well will have a role to play in absence of Markram.
Eyes will also be on the likes of Harry Brook, Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar, Adil Rashid, and Umran Malik. Top-order batter Rahul Tripathi will also be a player to watch out for in the match. T Natarajan is the other pacer who will be in contention for a place alongside Bhuvneshwar and Umran.
Probable XI: Abhishek Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Harry Brook, Glenn Philipps, Washington Sundar, Akeal Hosein, Adil Rashid, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, and Umran Malik
Impact players: Anmolpreet Singh, Abdul Samad, Mayank Markande, Kartik Tyagi, Nitish Kumar Reddy
Rajasthan Royals (RR)
For Rajasthan Royals (RR), the availability of players is not a problem. Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, and Riyan Parag are some of the players who make a direct entry in the XI. It would be interesting to see if Joe Root gets a chance to make his IPL debut. Shimron Hetmyer and Devdutt Padikkal will be performing the middle-order duties. There could also be a fight for spots between pacers Navdeep Saini, Sandeep Sharma, and Kuldeep Sen.
Probable XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Yuzvendra Chahal
Impact players: Dhruv Jurel, Sandeep Sharma, Navdeep Saini, Kuldip Yadav, KC Cariappa.
Fantasy Suggestion 1:
Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (vc), Mayank Agarwal (c), Rahul Tripathi, Harry Brook, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jason Holder, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult
Fantasy Suggestion 2:
Jos Buttler (c), Sanju Samson, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jason Holder, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Umran Malik