After registering an emphatic victory against Kings XI Punjab in their previous game, Sunrisers Hyderabad are up against the struggling Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. In the first fixture of Sunday, two Australian captains lock their horns at Dubai International Stadium. Sunrisers Hyderabad rode to the victory with the help of Jonny Bairstow, David Warner and Rashid Khan’s brilliance.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched up a 160-runs opening partnership against Kings XI Punjab and made the opposition toil on the pitch. Rajasthan Royals would be no different side from the threat of the Australia-England combo at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
However, Sunrisers should vary Ben Stokes who is returning to the side after completing a mandatory quarantine period. The player is yet to feature in IPL 2020 and will look to bring the team back to the winning ways.
Here are the top three picks for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday at Dubai International Stadium:
#1) T Natarajan
The Tamilnadu left-hand pacer is enjoying a great breakthrough season in the Indian Premier League with seven wickets in six games. Though he had a tough outing in the first game of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore, T Natarajan is slowly showing his worth in the ongoing edition with his variations and death bowling. The player will be determined to put up a strong performance against Rajasthan Royals too.
With Bhuvaneshwar Kumar ruled out for the rest of the season, T Natarajan has a big role to play in the death overs along with bowling in the powerplay. Can he do it against the likes of Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson?
#2) David Warner
The Australian left-hand opener finally returned to his form against Kings XI Punjab after perfectly playing second fiddle to Jonny Bairstow in their previous game. David Warner put up an exhibition of how a batsman can support the other end along with accelerating his own innings. His captaincy was also to the mark against Kings XI Punjab when Nicholas Pooran was going hard on SRH bowlers.
On Sunday, the player has a big role to play against Jofra Archer and will be one of the top three picks for the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Stadium. With scorching heat taking a toll on both batsmen and bowlers, can David Warner do a “Halla Bol” on the Pink Army?
#3) Kane Williamson
The Newzealand international has got very less batting time in the IPL 2020. Once an indispensable player, Kane Williamson is finding his life hard in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. He didn’t even feature in the first two games of the season whereas, in the other four games, he played for a very short time. However, Kane Williamson has a very big role to play against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
No opposition is being spared by Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal and SRH are also expected to meet the same fate. With SRH batting very weak, Williamson has to anchor deep and stand till the last over of the game. He will be one of the top three picks for SRH on Sunday.