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Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals go head to head in Match 68 of the Pepsi IPL 2013. Rajasthan Royals have 20 points from ten wins and are through to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs while Sunrisers Hyderabad need to win both their remaining matches to stay in contention for a place in the Playoffs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad held the reins for most part of their previous match against the Mumbai Indians. At the start of the 17th over, Kieron Pollard exploded and took the match away in the matter of a few deliveries. It will be interesting to see if SRH have recovered from the mauling they received in the final moments of that match.
Rajasthan Royals meanwhile have had a tough time both on and off the field recently. Though their top order was blown away in the match against the Mumbai Indians, RR recovered through their lower middle order to put up a brave face in their chase of 167. RR will know there is an incentive on finishing in the top two and will not only eye the two points in this match but also a convincing win to boost their net run rate.
Friday, May 17, 2013, 8 p.m
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
The home team’s batting, which depicted lean form for the better part of the season showed teeth when they took on Mumbai Indians in their last encounter. Parthiv Patel and Shikar Dhawan have shown hunger for runs and with Hanuma Vihari and Cameroon White also getting amongst runs, Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy can be expected to come and explode to ensure a healthy total on board
Rajasthan Royals have chased down some big totals and even in their chase of Mumbai’s 166, Stuart Binny, from the middle and Brad Hodge from the tail, showed that their batting does go deep. The top five, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Sanju Viswanadh, Shane Watson and Binny have collected runs to carry confidence going into the encounter.
However, SRH hold the edge in the bowling department with Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra capable of running through sides. Add to the trio, Darren Sammy and Thisara Perera, and it can be said that RR will be challenged and tested. RR’s bowling will rest on Faulkner, the reliable Watson, who has time and again proved to be the bowler to break partnerships, Binny and Kevon Cooper.
In the only previous meeting between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals – on 27 April 2013 in Jaipur – James Faulkner’s five-wicket burst helped the hosts restrict SRH to 144 for nine. Shane Watson 53-ball unbeaten 98 then helped RR chase down the target in 17.5 overs, in the process registering a thumping eight-wicket victory.
The Rajasthan Royals have won two of their three matches at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium so far. Sunrisers Hyderabad have the lowest scoring rate (7.02) and the lowest economy rate (7.22) of all teams this season.
With this tie, the Rajasthan Royals complete their league fixture of Pepsi IPL 2013. Though they have already qualified for the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs, they will only know their opponent in the Playoff and the date of their Playoff match depending on how teams finish at the end of the regular season. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile stay put at home to play their final league fixture of the season; squaring off against the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 19.
To stay alive in the race for the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs, Kings XI Punjab must defeat the Delhi Daredevils in Match 67 of Pepsi IPL 2013. KXIP have six wins from 14 matches – including their seven-wicket victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous match. Delhi Daredevils, with three wins from 14 matches, will be keen to arrest their four-match losing streak and stay off the floor of the table.
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8 p.m
HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Adam Gilchrist, who aggregated 162 runs in ten outings prior to the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, decided it was time for him to turn up to the party. With his team in a back-to-the-wall situation, the KXIP skipper scored a breathtaking unbeaten 85 (off 54 balls) and powered his team’s chase of 175. Given his reputation of being a big-match player (century in the final of World Cup 2007 & 85 in semi-final of IPL 2009), expect runs from him yet again. Expect Shaun Marsh and David Miller to turn on the heat too. Both players have gone off the boil in recent times and will be looking to make contributions yet again.
David Warner has been the one bright light in what has been a disastrous season for the Delhi Daredevils. Despite being asked to bat at the unfamiliar number four position, he is the team’s leading run-getter by a comfortable margin. In a team which has struggled to get runs on the board, Warner will need to get runs yet again and hope the likes of Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand can contribute too.
Kings XI Punjab’s victory over the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium earlier this season meant the overall head-to-head record between the two teams now sways in favour of them. KXIP have won six of their 11 matches against DD. In the last meeting between the two teams on 23 April 2013, KXIP restricted the hosts to 120 for seven and knocked off the runs in 17 overs to register a convincing five-wicket victory.
Off the seven IPL matches played at the HPCA Stadium previously, five have been won by teams which have won the toss. The average first innings total in IPL matches at the HPCA Stadium is 175.
Kings XI Punjab will complete their Pepsi IPL 2013 league campaign with a match against the Mumbai Indians on May 18. Delhi Daredevils meanwhile head to Pune to play their final match of the season. They are scheduled to take on Pune Warriors India at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on May 19.