SRH has won 5 out of 10 matches they have played so far in IPL 2019 and are at the 4th position in points table with 10 points. They will face Rajasthan Royals tonight, who are presently at the 7th position in points table. Rajasthan Royals have so far won only four matches out of 11 played. This match is 45th match of IPL 2019 and both teams are going to face each other second time in this season. The first match between the two teams was won by SRH by 5 wickets.
RR must win all their remaining matches with the good run rate to make their place in playoffs. While SRH has to win at least 3 out of their remaining 4 league matches to qualify in play-offs. Both teams will be playing without their star English player as they have returned to their country for preparations of ICC world cup 2019. While Jos Buttler has already left RR camp earlier, now Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes have left the RR camp. On other end, SRH will be playing without their star opener Jonny Bairstow. He has been an important part of SRH in this season and almost all matches that SRH have won is due to him or David Warner.
Tom Moody, on addressing this, said that
“Warner and Barstow have been performing well. But when the door closes, another one opens. It’s an opportunity for someone else to step in that batting position. We haven’t finalised the eleven, whether Guptill plays or not is undecided. For the past four weeks, he has been practicing on all sorts of surfaces at nets which are more often not as good as surfaces which are presented out in the middle. He is prepared for any surface. He has prepared and preparing for that opportunity.”
On RR, Tom Moody said that SRH should not consider RR to be weak. He said “I wouldn’t say that they are a weakened side because if I lose players it also presents opportunities to those who are hungry. You cannot underestimate your opponent. The fringe players only need a lucky break to shine. It is a very important game for both teams, given that the middle of the table is very crowded. It is an opportunity for us to break away from that middle. We have four games left and have to win majority of those, most of the teams in the middle are in that position. We know that Rajasthan are coming off a win but they are also coming from back-to-back games, had a travel day today and have lost a few players to World Cup commitments.”
The match will be played today RR home ground SMS stadium, Jaipur. You can watch this match live on Star Sports and Hotstar from 8 PM.